2023 AAHA Selected Endocrinopathies of Dogs and Cats Guidelines

Guidelines at a Glance

Are your endocrine cases keeping you up at night?

The AAHA Selected Endocrinopathies of Dogs and Cats Guidelines simplify veterinary clinical practice by providing quick reference tools for a step-by-step process to diagnose and treat common endocrine diseases.

What Diseases are Covered?

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For dogs, the guidelines provide evidence-directed diagnosis and treatment plans for these common diseases:

  • Hypothyroidism
  • Hypercortisolism (Cushing’s syndrome)
  • Hypoadrenocorticism (Addison’s disease)
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For cats, in addition to hyperthyroidism, one of the most common feline endocrine diseases, some less common endocrinopathies are also covered:

  • Hyperaldosteronism
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Hypercortisolism
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A Team-Based Approach:

Become an advocate for your endocrine patients by taking a team approach that involves the client as well. Let clients know your team is here to support them and their pets with these tips from the guidelines:

  • Employ low-stress handling strategies for veterinary visits
  • Encourage the use of questionnaires for initial visits and follow-ups
  • Develop telephone triage skills and resources for client service representatives to schedule appointments for ill patients and those who require monitoring
  • Give clients time to process information and let them gather their thoughts

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Canine and feline endocrinopathies reflect an endocrine gland disease or dysfunction with resulting hormonal abnormalities that can variably affect the patient’s wellbeing, quality of life, and life expectancy. These guidelines provide consensus recommendations for diagnosis and treatment of four canine and feline endocrinopathies commonly encountered in clinical practice: canine hypothyroidism, canine hypercortisolism (Cushing’s syndrome), canine hypoadrenocorticism (Addison’s disease), and feline hyperthyroidism. To aid the general practitioner in navigating these common diseases, a stepwise diagnosis and treatment algorithm and relevant background information is provided for managing each of these diseases. The guidelines also describe, in lesser detail, the diagnosis and treatment of three relatively less common endocrinopathies of cats: feline hyperaldosteronism, feline hypothyroidism, and feline hyperadrenocorticism. Additionally, the guidelines present tips on effective veterinary team utilization and client communication when discussing endocrine cases. (J Am Anim Hosp Assoc 2023; 59:—. DOI 10.5326/JAAHA-MS-7368)


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The 2023 AAHA Selected Endocrinopathies of Dogs and Cats Guidelines are generously supported by Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health, IDEXX, Merck, Zoetis, and Zomedica.

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