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What is Hyperparathyroidism?

Hyperparathyroidism is 50% more likely to occur in Keeshonds than any other breed. It is important to catch hyperparathyroidism early, as it will improve recovery. Unfortunately, symptoms of elevated blood calcium are slow to manifest and may be difficult to detect. Keeshond owners in particular should monitor their dog’s behavior carefully.

Hyperparathyroidism is a condition in which over active parathyroid glands produce abnormally high levels of parathyroid hormone (PTH). The parathyroid glands regulate the blood’s calcium and phosphorous levels, and over activity leads to increased blood calcium levels.

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Symptoms of Hyperparathyroidism in Dogs

  • Increased urination
  • Increased thirst
  • Decrease in/lack or appetite
  • Enlarge parathyroid glands
  • Sluggishness or malaise
  • Vomiting
  • Urinary stones
  • Stupor
  • Coma
  • Bone fractures

Causes of Hyperparathyroidism in Dogs

Primary Hyperparathyroidism

Primary hyperparathyroidism is an endocrine disorder caused by a tumor in the parathyroid gland and leads to an increase in blood calcium levels, or hypercalcemia. It is most commonly caused by a benign tumor. Primary hyperparathyroidism is more likely to occur in older dogs.

Secondary Hyperparathyroidism - Nutritional

Nutritional secondary hyperparathyroidism is a form of malnutrition caused by a deficiency of calcium and vitamin D or an excess of phosphorous. In reaction to a low calcium level, the parathyroid gland produces more PTH, causing calcium to be removed from bones. Secondary hyperparathyroidism due to malnutrition occurs in relation to diet, and commonly occurs in puppies fed a diet of entirely meat and/or organs, or any other diet with inadequate calcium, vitamin D, or an excess of phosphorous.

Secondary Hyperparathyroidism - Renal

Renal secondary hyperparathyroidism is a complication of chronic kidney disease, in which the kidneys are unable to remove phosphorous from the body and do not produce enough calcitrol, a hormone that regulates absorption of calcium in the intestines. This causes the parathyroid glands to produce more PTH, causing damage to the kidneys, brain and bones.

Diagnosis of Hyperparathyroidism in Dogs

Diagnosis depends upon informing a veterinarian of your dog’s symptoms and history. If your dog regularly or recently has been on an unconventional diet, particularly an all-meat diet, be sure to inform the veterinarian.

The veterinarian will conduct a comprehensive blood panel measuring complete blood count and blood chemistries in order to determine your dog’s blood calcium level and PTH hormone level. The veterinarian will also conduct a urinalysis in order to measure your dog’s calcium and phosphate levels and urine specific gravity. Once it is confirmed that your dog has hypercalcemia, or elevated blood calcium, the veterinarian will begin to explore the cause.

A physical examination will be conducted in order to detect possible enlarged parathyroid glands. Further, ultrasounds may be ordered to detect and identify parathyroid masses or urinary tract calculi. Radiography may be used in order to examine the dog’s bone structure to measure bone density.

Treatment of Hyperparathyroidism in Dogs

Primary hyperparathyroidism requires hospitalization and surgery. Removal of the tumor results in a full recovery rate of nearly 100%. An alternative method is percutaneous ethanol injection (PEI), which is a less-invasive (and cheaper) way to destroy the affect parathyroid gland(s). This involves ultrasound imaging in order to guide a needle into the gland(s) for injection. This procedure must be done by a trained specialist, and thus may not be available near you; however, PEI results in a quicker recovery time than surgery. A third option is heat ablation, in which an ultrasound guides a probe into the affected glands, and high frequency radio waves heat the gland to destroy it. Similar to PEI, this procedure may not be available near you; it is less invasive than surgery with a quicker recovery time. The success rate of heat ablation is 90%.

Secondary hyperparathyroidism is typically treated on an outpatient basis. Typically, your veterinarian will prescribe calcium supplements in order to stabilize blood calcium levels. Often, particularly in the case of renal secondary hyperparathyroidism, your veterinarian will treat your dog’s kidney disease, as well as do the following in order to stabilize calcium and phosphorous levels. Your veterinarian will prescribe a low phosphorous diet. With severely high phosphorus levels, your dog will be treated with chemicals that bind to excess blood phosphorous. Calcitrol will also be given in order to increase calcium levels.

Recovery of Hyperparathyroidism in Dogs

Recovery will involve some level of monitoring your dog’s blood calcium and phosphorous as well as kidney functioning. In primary hyperparathyroidism recovery, decreased calcium levels can occur as a result of the removal of one or more parathyroid glands, and your dog’s levels should be monitored daily until they stabilize.

If your dog has been prescribed Calcitrol, calcium levels must be monitored regularly, as there is a risk of hypercalcemia. If your dog has been prescribed calcium supplements, your veterinarian will likely recommend tapering off dosage at two weeks after initial treatment to total elimination at 3-5 months.

Overall, with proper management, prognosis for primary hyperparathyroidism is very good, and your dog has a high chance of being completely cured. However recurrence is found in 10% of patients. By contrast, prognosis for nutritional secondary hyperparathyroidism is excellent, provided your dog continues to receive proper nutrition. Renal secondary hyperparathyroidism is easily treated; however, your dog’s total recovery will depend upon success of kidney disease treatment.

Hyperparathyroidism Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

14 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Weak hind legs at times drinks more

Hi our 14.5 year old has been diagnosed with parathyroid which they did ultrasound can’t find tumor no stones in kidneys or belly. The only thing to go by is blood work which is potassium is at 5.6, anion gap is 23 h, calcium 13.4, parathyroid hormone h at 11.8 and ionized calcium is 1.86 and his alp is extreme high along with alt at 177 h and chol at 443. They want to do explore surgery on parathyroid I’m just scared due to age and risk plus my dog also they found has hindlimb paresis. Needing direction please

Hi, I’m in the same boat as you. My dog is 11 years old though and although her bloodwork is showing these high numbers, she is showing no symptoms. I’ve done a couple ultrasounds and there are no visible tumors to see. They also did an ultrasound of her kidneys and found no stones. They also want to do exploratory surgery that would cost almost $8000! The vet said that if she’s not showing any signs then to just keep monitoring her and come in for a routine bloodwork every few months. I’m not paying $8000 to do exploratory surgery, for $8000 there better be a guarantee that they can cure her.

Is there any update on your situation?

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Yokie Bichon mix
9 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Kidney inflammation/infection

We were just told that our dog has cancer and that the tumor was eating away at her bone to the point where she has almost no bone left in her lower jaw. Just last week she was her normal crazy self but it seems to be a very aggressive illness and she’s a completely different dog. For the past year or so she’s been drinking more and urinating more frequently and throwing up often, our vet always thought it was a uti so she was always put on antibiotics and the cycle would just continue. Recently, we were told she has an issue with her kidney, either inflammation or an infection so she was placed on medication for that and that’s when we noticed she’s gotten worse. She’s unable to eat anything hard, she’s on prescribed wet food from the vet, she has lost so much weight within a short period of time. She was given 2-4 weeks left to live. We were just informed today that it could possibly be parathyroidism. Is there a chance this could be it?? Is surgery/medication able to repair the bone lost in her jaw? Please help us

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9 Years
Serious condition
2 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

drinks a lot of water

Our miniature dachshund, age around 8-9 years, has been diagnosed with hyperparathyroidism, his blood calcium ( corrected is 15.7) and his PO4 is 5.4. He drinks a large amount of water, urinates a lot, dilute urine, incontinent recently. He does not have any other symptoms, eats well and always ready to eat, no vomiting. He is perky and active.
A sterile urine specimen was obtained yesterday and being sent out for culture. He has a swollen lymph node above right shoulder and a hard lump left anal gland.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm sorry that Bandit has been diagnosed with that disease - I'm not sure what your questions is? Hyperparathyroidism is typically a treatable condition in dogs, depending on the cause, and may require frequent monitoring of blood values and communication with your veterinarian. I hope that all goes well for him!

Do you recommend the very pricy test to check Bandit's parathyroid?

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English Bulldog
11 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Frequent Urination
Drinking lots of water
Rubbing rear end on ground

My almost 12 yr old English bulldog has been diagnosed with parathyroidism. Because she is certainly older then most bulldogs live we are questioning extensive treatment. If we decided not to treat what can we expect ? We don't want her to be in pain or to suffer at all. Thank you 😊

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Hyperparathyroidism is an uncommon condition and if left untreated may or may not progress, each case is different; with hormonal conditions the severity and the individual dog are large variables and respond differently. Also the cause of the hyperparathyroidism will determine the prognosis, whether primary or secondary as well as if it is caused by a tumour. There are too many variables for me to give you a reliable answer; primary cases require removal of the gland, secondary cases may be medically managed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Redbone Coonhound
12.5 years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

diagnostics have confirmed his condition

My dog has been diagnosed with hyperparathyroidism. I understand the best treatment is surgery. I have also been told it is a fairly easy surgery, lasting only about 10-20 min. Why then is the cost between $5-8K?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Cost of surgery (which may or may not include aftercare) is highly variable on numerous factors including type of surgery, duration of surgery, need for a Specialist or special anaesthesia, preoperative blood tests, aftercare included, post surgery blood tests, Surgeon’s time (very valuable) and most importantly location. Normally the prices quoted will include all the miscellaneous prices; each veterinary practice has its own pricing structure usually with high back end prices compensating for lower front end prices (consultations, neutering etc…), if you have questions about the pricing of surgery or any other procedure, ask your Veterinarian for a break down. There are other less invasive and cheaper methods of handling hyperparathyroid, ask your Veterinarian about other options. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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