Endocrinology is the branch of medicine dealing with hormonal imbalances in your companion animal's body. Some hormonal diseases, like hyperthyroidism in cats and adrenal disease in ferrets, occur as a result of an excess of certain hormones. Other diseases, such as diabetes, are the result of too little of a certain hormone.
Depending on what organ is affected and whether the problem is an excess or a lack of a particular hormone, hormonal diseases can cause a multitude of clinical symptoms. Some of the symptoms of hormonal imbalance are:
- Skin problems, such as hair loss or recurrent infections
- Increased drinking and urinating
- Weight loss or weight gain
- Weakness and lethargy
- Excessive panting
Although it might not seem like a big deal, these symptoms could be evidence of a much larger hormonal imbalance that could significantly impact your pet's overall health.