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Would a vet advise putting down an older cat experiencing thyroid problems and seizures?

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Most vets would advise that it is time to say goodbye to a beloved feline if it experiences severely worsening thyroid problems or seizures. Most older cats, however, can be treated medically for thyroid issues, states Dr. Mark Peterson of the Animal Endocrine Clinic.

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Hyperthyroidism or overactive thyroid is a fairly common hormonal disease in older cats, and it rarely causes seizures, according to Dr. Peterson. Chronic hyperthyroidism, accompanied by high blood pressure and neurological problems such as senile dementia or epilepsy, can induce excess blood flow to the kidneys and progressive renal failure. However, this does not necessarily mean the end for a pet. Most cats can live a normal life with early diagnosis of the thyroid condition, evaluation for the underlying cause of the seizures and appropriate therapy.

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