Veterinary Specialty Care: Thyroid/parathyroid Surgery

Thyroid Cancer in dogs is associated with a good prognosis if the tumor is within certain size limits and freely moveable. We perform surgery to remove an abnormal parathyroid gland. Successful treatment requires an experienced surgeon’s expertise to recognize the abnormal gland as well in managing the patient after surgery. We have treated many dogs with thyroid cancer over the years and the prognosis is very good for dogs with tumors that can be removed.

There are 4 parathyroid glands in the neck which are important in calcium regulation.  Older dogs can develop an overactive solitary parathyroid gland that causes marked elevation in calcium levels called hyperparathyroidism. It does occur in cats, but is very rare.  We perform surgery to remove an abnormal parathyroid gland. Successful treatment requires an experienced surgeon’s expertise to recognize the abnormal gland as well in managing the patient after surgery.

Veterinary Surgical Specialists
7512 Paula Drive Tampa, FL 33615
P: (813) 901-5100 F: (813) 901-5102