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Endocrinology is the study of the endocrine system and its functions. If your pet is suffering from any number of endocrine diseases or disorders, we can help them on their road to recovery.


In each of our bodies, we contain a system of glands that work to secrete essential hormones that help regulate the functions of the body. These glands include the: thyroid gland, parathyroid gland, adrenal gland, pituitary gland, pancreas, ovaries, and testes. The collection of these glands make up our endocrine system, which plays a vital role in our health and happiness. Our pets have a very similar endocrine system, making it easier for us to study and evaluate if they may be suffering from an endocrine disorder.

Why should I consider endocrinology for my pet?

The study of veterinary endocrinology can be particularly useful when combatting a number of diseases and disorders including:

  • Diabetes

  • Hyperthyroidism

  • Hypothyroidism

  • Cushing’s disease

  • Addison’s disease

When the glands in your pet’s endocrine system secrete either too many or too little hormones, their body will very likely be negatively impacted. If they are not diagnosed and treated in a timely manner, the consequences could be severe.

When should I consider endocrinology for my pet?

We all care for our pets, which makes it imperative to seek help whenever it may be needed. Unfortunately, endocrine disorders can be incredibly difficult to identify by an animal's physical symptoms alone. This is a primary reason why regular health check-ups are imperative to your pet’s long term health. Some of the physical symptoms you may notice include:

  • Sudden weight loss or gain

  • Major increase or decrease in thirst

  • Persistent panting

  • Loss of vision

  • Weakened energy levels

If your pet is experiencing any of the above, or just seems to be behaving unusually, it is imperative that they be examined by one of our veterinarians at your earliest convenience.

How do you treat endocrine disorders?

We tailor each and every treatment plan to the individual condition and needs of your pet. After being properly examined by one of our veterinarians, a number of treatments may be offered depending on the disease or disorder your pet is suffering from. If caught early, most endocrine diseases and disorders can be managed effectively by hormonal supplements or other prescription medication. If your pet’s condition is more advanced, we may suggest radiotherapy or surgery. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to contact one of our veterinarians at your earliest convenience.