Diagnosis of Hyperthyroidism

Your veterinary surgeon will diagnose that your cat is hyperthyroid from the history that you give, a thorough physical examination and laboratory tests.

Conditions such as kidney disease and heart problems are also common in older cats. It is important to check for concurrent diseases, this can influence the choice of treatment and prognosis for your cat.

Laboratory testing

To confirm the diagnosis of hyperthyroidism your veterinary surgeon will take blood samples to measure the levels of thyroid hormone circulating in the bloodstream and to evaluate your cat's general condition and make sure it is not suffering from any other diseases.
In some cases, even although your veterinary surgeon strongly suspects that your cat is hyperthyroid, the tests may not be conclusive.
This can be caused by a variety of factors:

  • Your cat may be at a very early stage of the disease
  • Thyroid hormone levels can fluctuate and can even be normal at some point in hyperthyroid cats.
  • Other diseases can influence thyroid hormone levels.

Your veterinary surgeon may need to repeat the blood tests after a week or so.

In some cases in might be necessary to carry out additional tests as well.
These tests could include:

vet examining cat

A diagnosis is made from the history that you give, a thorough physical examination and laboratory tests.