AN020 Hyperthyroidism in your cat - restless, drinking excessive amount of water, weight loss-but hungry, trouble swallowing, rapid breathing.
Note: Hyperthyroidism is extremely rare in horses. Hypothyroidism is poorly understood in the horse. While hyperthyroidism is rare, the prevalence of true hypothyroidism in adult horses is unknown and its existence is somewhat controversial.
Thyroid function and disease can be treated very successfully, nontoxic, thru professional homeopathic care.
Even if Vet did a thyroid test, yet your cat still has many of the below symptoms, then using natural thyroid support remedies will help prevent thyroid issues become worse.
If still having symptoms then look at congested liver issues and start assisting the liver with the Liver Detox 36 formula drops and avoid chemical products and drugs. Note: "Saddle thrombus" tends to be associated with a cat that have "hyperthyroidism" , however if on homeopathic's already we have the prevention of this blot clot. * See HAMPL Thombosis-Embolism 295 drops
Hyperthyroidism is the overproduction of thyroid hormone by the thyroid glands. Hyperthyroidism occurs most commonly in older cats (is rare in dogs). The average age of cats with hyperthyroidism is 13 years of age; only about 5 % of hyperthyroid cats are younger than 10 years of age. There are 2 thyroid glands located in the neck. One or both of the glands can enlarge and overproduce thyroid hormone. Involvement of both glands is more common than involvement of one gland. Thyroid hormone affects the function of most organs in the body, so the signs of hyperthyroidism are quite variable. Occasionally complications may develop including damage to the parathyroid glands, which are closely attached to the thyroid gland, damage to nerves close to the thyroid gland or damage to the voice box.
Parathyroid gland damage causes low blood calcium that may cause seizures. Low blood calcium is treated with calcium and magnesium or vitamin D (cod liver oil from capsules). Nerve damage causes the abnormal size of the pupils of the eyes and droopy eyelids. Damage to the voice box causes a change in voice.
include weight loss,
increased appetite - wanting to eat often, but not putting on weight (or decreased appetite),
with increased thirst causing more urination (possible chronic loss of urine can cause potassium depletion).
aggressive or upset (which is out of character)
increased activity and restlessness
aggressive or "cranky" behavior
a poor hair coat
a fast heart rate
increased water drinking
an increased amount of stool or diarrhea
occasionally difficulty breathing
Physical symptoms of hyperthyroidism may be gradual at first, but eventually, they may become obvious and problematic.
These symptoms of hyperthyroidism include a visible large mass over trachea and larynx of the cat, dyspnea (difficult breathing), dysphagia (difficulty in swallowing), weight loss, dysphonia (hoarseness.)
A visible mass is commonly associated with hyperthyroidism, and may, in fact, be the tumor that is causing the thyroid to misfire. It usually covers the trachea and the larynx of the cat.
Dyspnea is shortness of breath, and is associated with hyperthyroidism because there is often an overexertion of respiratory function, causing the cat to hunger for air.
Dysphagia is a problem with swallowing. Cats with hyperthyroidism often develop a mass on their trachea. This mass may interfere with the swallowing function.
Dysphonia is hoarseness of voice, which can be associated with a damaged trachea, often in the case of hyperthyroidism, due to a mass or tumor on the thyroid.
Weight loss is a very common symptom of hyperthyroidism, for a couple reasons. The increase in the hormones T4 and T3 increase the metabolic rate of the animal, meaning it burns calories at a higher rate. Also, the increase in activity level burns more calories also.
As some of these symptoms may be difficult to identify as abnormal, it is important to keep track of any behavior or physicality that is inconsistent with your cat previously.
Also a "hyperactivity" behavior to various degrees that is not their normal character. e.g. becoming vocal with meowing and restlessness mainly during the night, and occasional diarrhea.
Physically - the high levels of thyroid hormones can cause the development of heart disease, and these patients may have a heart murmur, difficulty breathing, high heart rate, and arrhythmias.
However, sometimes some of these symptoms are also from congested liver.
The following are all symptoms associated with poor liver health.
Has your cat doing any of these things below?
• Circling, running into walls and acting confused after meals
• Stumbling and walking like "drunk"
• "Star gazing" or staring off into space
• Learning disabilities (difficult to train)
• Sluggishness (lethargy) and/or drowsiness or sleepiness
• Becoming Disorientated
• Aimless Wandering
• Compulsive pacing
• Head pressing
• Desire to get into small, tight spaces
• Blindness related to a brain abnormality
• Sudden aggression
• Lack of appetite
• Increased urination or lack of urination (inability to urinate often seen in male dogs)
• Frequent voiding of small volumes
• Orange-brown urine (often seen in male dogs)
• Increased thirst
• Excessive salivation
• Stunted growth
• Prolonged recovery from sedation or anesthesia (as all chemical drugs affect the liver)
As in people, there are two types of strokes in pets: ischemic (caused by insufficient blood supply) or hemorrhagic (caused by too much blood).
~ An ischemic stroke happens when a blood clot or other material becomes lodged in a vessel, preventing blood flow. Since the brain cells in that area are deprived of the oxygen and glucose needed to function properly, they eventually die.
~ A hemorrhagic stroke, which is much less common in pets, happens when a vessel ruptures, usually because of trauma or disease. Brain cells can be damaged when excess blood within the skull compresses the cells, or from too much hemoglobin, a component of red blood cells, which can be toxic to neurons. In dogs, the most common underlying causes for ischemic strokes are Cushing’s disease (a condition associated with the adrenal glands), hypothyroidism (low thyroid hormone levels), chronic kidney disease and high blood pressure. Differentiate between the symptoms of a stroke and the symptoms of other conditions. A stroke is a sudden event. You should suspect a stroke if a pet that was fine and normal 5 minutes ago, is now struggling to get up. If the dog is struggling because it's dizzy, such as if they have heart disease, this episode may pass within a few minutes, once the dog has caught its breath be able to rise and walk around. A dog that has had a stroke, however, will remain disorientated for hours or even days.
* Please note, this symptom also overlaps with inflammation in the balance mechanism in the inner ear. ( middle ear infection)
In addition, there is a sliding scale of weakness, depending on the severity of the stroke. Sometimes if it is only mild the dog can stand and walk around slowly as if drunk, other times the dog is incapacitated, lies on their side and is barely conscious.
* See HAMPL Thrombosis~Embolism 295 formula, the HAMPL Stroke-R 266 formula, Magnesium (minerals), Congestive Heart 22 formula if also have congestive heart failure condition, or/and Cushing's syndrome in a dog or Hyper-thyroid imbalances in a cat.
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Non-Drug Prescriptions - Set of 4 - for your cat.
1. HAMPL HyperThyroid 20-1 50ml (1.7oz) * homeopathics
Contains homeopathic, nosode, sarcode complex: Thyroiodinum, Thyroxine, Thyrotrophimum nosode, lodum 30C,1M, Bromium 30X, Lycopus, Thyroidinum nosode, Thymus sarcode and nosode (immunity boosting), Cheld, Nux Vomica, Crataegus 2X, 30C (heart muscle tonic), Zingiber with Parathyroid sarcode 6C, 30C, Thyroidinum 30X (goiter and hyperthyroidism), Lapis Alb 12X, 30C (goiter), with Kali Mur 2X, 3C, 12X, 30C ( will help prevention "feline saddle thrombosis" - blood clot)
2. HAMPL Calm 20-2 30ml (1oz) * homeopathics
Contains homeopathic complex: Coffea, Avena Sativa, Hum, Ignatia, Kali Phos, PassIflora, Sum, Valerina, Chamomilla, (NAR) Calming mix 6C, 30C (calming entire system)
3. HAMPL Nutra 20-3 100ml (3.4oz) * homeopathics
Contains homeopathic energetic nutritional blend: Amino Acid L-taurine, B complex, Essiac formula, Vit C, Vanadium (digestive aid tonic) Coenzyme Q1O, HAMPL Liver Detox formula 6C, 30C
4. HAMPL Thyro Reg 20-4 50ml (1.7oz) * herbs
Contains herbal concentrate formula: Dandelion (kidney and liver), Bugleweed (thyroid), Hawthorn Berries (heart tonic), Skullcap, Hops, Valerian, Lemon Balm, Siberian Ginseng.
~ Bugleweed herb (Botanical names: Lycopus virginicus) inhibits the binding of antibodies to the thyroid gland. These antibodies can cause the most common form of hyperthyroidism, Graves disease. All these actions may help explain bugleweed benefit in people with mildly overactive thyroids. * Reference: University of Michigan Health System. 1500 E. Medical Center Drive. Ann Arbor, MI 48109
NOTE: Formula no 4. HAMPL Thyro Reg 20-4 * this is a herbal treatment, which means it is strong tasting and smelling. Having alcohol in the herbs we also need to dissolve this each time, before giving orally or adding to meals. * If this is too difficult to manage, then concentrate on formula no 1. HAMPL HyperThyroid 201-2 50ml drops, this is homeopathic medicines and can be added to meals and on body each time.
If your pet is on Thyroid drugs e.g Methimazole tablets. It is fine to do both, most people find they need less and less of the drug, some people/vets have taken the pet off the drug, as the drug or amount was not working for the pet. It is fine to continue both, but do keep in mind the fewer chemicals put in the body the less likely drug side effects and toxic build occur.
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For all species, size, and ages.
(a) “HOMEOPATHICS”are sold in either a clear liquid or tiny white pills or granules – both have no odour or taste) Easy “application dosing” for all species:
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(b) “HERBAL MEDICINES ” (brown liquid – strong odour & tasting) ”Application dosing” for all species and sizes: Canine, equine, cow, sheep, goat : add herbal drops (as recommended on bottle label) to some (unsweetened apple sauce or apple juice) for canines and oral syringe side of mouth. Can add other vitamins (crushed) Alkaline green powders etc. to mix.
Refer to Bottle Label for amount of drops per species size. e.g 60 drops = 1 teaspoon
What I do for example: If I was needing to give herb treatments and/or vitamin supplements to feline or toy dog or other small animals – I add this herbal formula to a small bowl add some boiled water (about a teaspoon) to it so to dissolve the alcohol in it, let cool, then add what vitamins If needed (powder or crushed tab – a pinch) mixed in another 50ml of water, and oral syringe once a day or twice a day …smear on a little “vegemite paste” (if cannot get Vegemite in your country, try fresh pate or slippery elm powder added can help mask the taste) around and on tip of oral syringe, as felines seem to real like the taste of this paste, but not too much as it is quite a strong taste)
(c)“NUTRITIONAL Mix ” Giving vitamins and supplements (tablets or powders) Note: always crush tablet before adding to food or liquid mix. Felines or small animals: make up 1 cup of mixture, adding approx. a pinch of some type of Green powder (alkaline powder) or Chlorella powder (cleansing of toxins) or 1/4 Teaspoons of Slippery elm powder (to mask the taste) with 1 teaspoon of herbs if you are having to also give herbal medicines (i.e. brown liquid) Med to large animals: add twice to three times the amount.
DOSING: Feline or small animal: using an oral syringe draw up 1ml and gently small sips. Or add a teaspoon to meals if they don’t mind eating it with meals (mix well into food) Do not put in Fridge. Room temp is best as too cold is dislike by felines.
DOSING: Canine, equine, cow, sheep, goat: try mixing well into food and hand piece before feeding main meals. Or dose same as suggested for felines, but add three times as much herbal medicines and vitamins to 1/2 cup of water or (unsweetened) apple sauce or apple juice.
What I do for example: If i was needing to give herb treatments and/or vitamin supplements to feline or toy dog or other small animals – I add this herbal formula to 1/2 cup of boiled hot water to it so to dissolve the alcohol in it, let cool, then add what vitamins If needed (powder or crushed tab – a pinch) mixed in another 50ml of water, and oral syringe once a day or twice a day …. smear on a little “vegemite paste” (if cannot get Vegemite in your country, try fresh pate or slippery elm powder added can help mask the taste) around and on tip of oral syringe, as felines seem to real like the taste of this paste, but not too much as it is quite a strong taste)
Slippery Elm Powder If needing to add or use Slippery Elm powder
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I bought this kit for my 13 yr. old cat, Gizmo. He was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, and after 3 months on methimazole, his T4 was at 3.85 (US values). that is at the high end of normal. Knowing that this would most likely increase over time and require a higher dose of methimazole, I decided to order this kit in hopes of at least maintaining his T4 where it was and not needing to increase the medicine. after three months on this kit, along with maintaining his methimazole, his T4 has dropped to 1.99. I am overjoyed and may even try cutting back a bit on his medicine. I highly recommend this kit. The remedies are easy to give and I have had great results!
Wow, what a difference, she is like a cat 10 years younger again. Eating well and has put weight back on, runs around like a silly thing again and is generally much happier. Only thing it hasn't stopped is vomiting and sometimes meowing at night. But generally a great improvement.
I giving this product to my old dog Mui Mui for ten weeks only. This product helped her T4 changed to normal range. Great product.
My cat was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism approx 14 weeks ago via a blood test. I gave her the medication the vet gave me. After 5 weeks she went off her food completely, was disoriented and wobbly on her legs and after another blood test also had anemia and her coat had gone off completely. I took her off that medication immediately and started HAMPLs Hyperthyriodism medication, along with their Anemia treatment. She has been on the treatment for 5 weeks now and continues to improve. She is grooming herself better than she has in 12 months or more, has more energy as she is chasing the other cats again, is eating again and put on a small amount of weight and she no longer appears anemic. I feel her thirst has decreased a fraction as well - although she is still drinking a bit of water she is no longer going back time and time again in a short space of time.
My 20yo cat started to show signs of hyperthyroidism. This product helped her to be less restless and the vomiting became less and less.