pet lives a normal lifestyle and consumes a standard diet for his
or her size and age, so why is he or she so unwell? A variety of
hormonal imbalances can upset the delicate biochemical balance that
governs an animal's metabolism, leading to everything from diabetes
to obesity. But you can find the solution to your best
friend's health dilemma at Bridgwater Veterinary Hospital and
Wellness Centre, where we know how to treat
metabolic & endocrine disorders in pets.
The Link between Metabolism and Hormone Production
The endocrine system is the network of glands that produces vital substances known as hormones. These hormones act as chemical messengers, relaying master instructions from the brain to the various organs and systems of the body. In this way the endocrine system helps to govern the body's regular processes. Different hormones influence different functions, from nerve signaling to growth and development. They also regulate your pet's metabolism, the conversion of food into energy. For instance, insulin controls blood sugar levels, while other hormones control your pet's appetite levels and digestive processes. Meanwhile, hormones produced by the thyroid gland act as the body's "thermostat," regulating the level of energy production. It's easy to see, then, why imbalances in the endocrine system can create metabolic problems. Common examples include:
- Diabetes - When insulin levels are no longer sufficient to keep blood sugar levels under control, the resulting diabetes can cause organ failure, nerve problems, and blood vessel damage.
- Thyroid Diseases - Diseases such as hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism can cause unnatural weight gain or weight loss.
- Obesity - A sluggish metabolism can lead to obesity, a dangerous disorder that raises your pet's risk for many other diseases.
Our Veterinarians in Winnipeg Can Help Restore Critical Balances
Many hormonal and metabolic issues can be diagnosed relatively easily in the course of a comprehensive wellness exam. Our Winnipeg veterinarians analyze blood and urine samples to look for signs of thyroid disorders, diabetes, and other imbalances, while also weighing your pet to check for obesity. Many medications are available to help your pet maintain more normal hormonal balances. We can instruct you on how to administer these medications on a daily basis. Metabolic problems may also respond well to exercise routines and dietary changes that help the body receive and burn the right number of calories for optimal health.
Bring Your Pet to Bridgwater Veterinary Hospital and Wellness Centre
There's never a bad time to have your pet's metabolic and endocrine function checked. Call us at 204-452-0911 to schedule an examination.