Toxicities and nutritional depletions can make the condition worse.
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 or vitamin D. 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.
The most common clinical signs of "hyperthyroidism" (overactive thyroid function) in cats:
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)
Other signs of hyperthyroidism can include:
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
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.
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Non-Drug Prescriptions - Set of 4
1. HAMPL HyperThyroid 20-1 50ml (1.7oz)
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 sarcoode 6C, 30C, Thyroidinum 30X (goiter and hyperthyroidism), Lapis Alb 12X, 30C (goiter), Kali Mur 2X, 3C, 12X, 30C, (prevention from "feline saddle thrombosis" - blood clot)
2. HAMPL Calm 20-2 30ml (1oz)
Contains homeopathic complex: Coffea, Avena Sativa, Hum, lgnatia, Kali Phos, PassIflora, Sum, Valerina, Chamomilla, (NAR) Calming mix 6C, 30C (calming entire system)
3. HAMPL Nutra 20-3 100ml (3.4oz)
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)
Contains herbal concentrate formula: Dandelion (kidney and liver), Bugleweed (thyroid), Hawthorn Berries (heart tonic), Skullcap, Blue Flag (thyroid), Astragalus (liver and kidneys). 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: As the formula no 4. HAMPL Thyro Reg 20-4, (is different to the other 3 formulas homeopathic formula), 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.
General Dosing and Instructions Guide
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:
- Homeopathic DROPS (clear liquid) DRIP or APPLY 3 to 4 drops, pat into fur/skin with bottom of bottle. i.e. back of shoulder blades (not orally) which is regarded as one dose for all size species and ages. Note: Liquid homeopathics are more suited for feline, toy dog, fish, birds and other small species
- Homeopathic PILLS (white pills) crush a pill (or whole) and add to gum/pouch of mouth to dissolve in saliva. Does not need to swallow it.
- Homeopathic GRANULES (white grain) and a small light sprinkle or a pinch to meals, or stir into water trough or bowl.
Casual repeat dosing can add to water bowl or feed dish or water trough for wildlife or farm animals.
Refer to Bottle Label for suggested frequencies repeat dosing needed per day.
NOTE: the rule is one must “repeat a dose” more frequently with less time in between each application dose, which is more important than the amount given each time. Repeat application will provide faster action.
(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
FOR CONDITIONS like …. diarrhea, stomach ulcers, or sore inflamed mouth or mouth ulcers, constipation, or IBS (i.e. colitis), plus it can also been given as a liquid meal given orally via syringe as it is highly nutritional (oral liquid feeding) for convalescing during illness when not eating solids.
CONVALESCING ..can been given as a liquid meal given orally via syringe as it is highly nutritional (oral liquid feeding) for convalescing during illness when not eating solids or not eating very well. ~ Add a small amount of powder to the mix to enough to make a runny liquid mix, if you put too much of the powder it will become thick and gluggy, if this happens you will need to add more liquid to it. Can add crushed vitamins and herbal medicines to this as well. OPTIONS: Oral dose in syringe or add to meals three times a day or more to maintain normal health again, then can stop or reduce frequencies.
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