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Feature October 2016 Issue

Primary Hyperparathyroidism in Cats

Most cats with primary hyperparathyroidism donít seem unwell, and signs are generally mild. Some include increased thirst and urination, and vomiting.

Primary Hyperparathyroidism in Cats

The little parathyroid glands play a big role in calcium regulation. Here are the ways they can malfunction and impact your cat's health.

When it comes to glandular problems in the cat, the thyroid gets all the glory. Hyperthyroidism is the most common feline endocrine disorder, and every cat-centric publication regularly features articles about it. Adjacent to the thyroid gland, however, are four small glands called the parathyroid glands. These little glands are immensely important in finely regulating the blood calcium level. There are two pairs of parathyroid glands in the cat, the external and the internal parathyroids.

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