Surgical Treatment for Feline Hyperthyroidism

Risks and Disadvantages

Although surgery is an option for cats suffering from hyperthyroidism, it is not always regarded as the best solution to this condition. Why? Surgical removal of the thyroid glands requires anesthesia which involves risk, especially for older cats. An additional risk includes damaging a cat's parathyroid glands located behind the thyroid glands and which are responsible for maintaining stable blood-calcium levels.

Additional Disadvantages and Potential Complications of Surgical Treatment

It should be noted that there do exist unique advantages to surgery. If no complications develop, surgery eradicates the need for further treatment as it is considered permanent. Also, no special facilities are necessary to pursue this treatment.

If you have questions or concerns regarding your senior cat's health, contact your veterinarian.

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