What is endocrinology?

Endocrinology is the study of the organs or groups of cells within the body which secrete hormones. Hormones are chemical messengers, produced by the body to act on specific internal targets. They may provide stimulation to their target, or conversely may inhibit it, but overall they play a large role in regulating metabolism within the body.

Although many tissues within the body secrete hormones, those with the main responsibility are called the endocrine glands, and examples include the adrenal, thyroid and pituitary. The body has feedback systems in place which provide tight control of hormone production, and this, in turn, ensures metabolic processes are appropriate for each animal.

When disease within endocrine systems occurs, hormones may be produced in excess, or sometimes are not produced at all. The impact of this may be sudden, or can be insidious and slow in onset. Regardless of presentation, animals become ill, and veterinary intervention is required to reduce the negative impact endocrine disease can have on the health and quality of life of dogs and cats alike.   

Through significant research and product development, Dechra has clearly established itself as an expert in endocrinology. Today we are leading the way in this field, providing effective treatment for pets with endocrine diseases. Through use of our comprehensive range of endocrine products, combined with better understanding and support, we can help you to deliver effective control and management of endocrine disease in practice.

How can I learn more about endocrinology?

We have developed a range of support materials and online learning modules to help you from diagnosis through to treatment for hypoadrenocorticism, canine hyperadrenocorticism (also known as Cushing’s disease or Cushing’s syndrome) , hypothyroidism and feline hyperthyroidism.

How do I treat endocrine diseases? What treatments are available for endocrine diseases?

We have veterinary licensed treatments available for the management of hypoadrenocorticism, hyperadrenocorticism (also known as Cushing’s disease or Cushing’s syndrome), hypothyroidism and feline hyperthyroidism.

To find out more about the support we have for helping you with diagnosing, treating and monitoring endocrine diseases.

Hyperadrenocorticism  - From a dog once lost, a new vitality found

Hyperadrenocorticism - From a dog once lost, a new vitality found