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Hyperthyroidism in Cats

Thyroid hormones are responsible for regulating many body processes and when too much hormone is produced the clinical signs can be quite dramatic, and cats can become seriously ill. Thyroid hormones also help control the body’s metabolic rate and cats with hyperthyroidism tend to burn up energy too rapidly and typically suffer weight loss despite having an increased appetite and increased food intake.

Hyperthyroidism is usually seen in middle-aged and older cats, rarely being seen in cats less than 7 years of age. Male and female cats are affected equally.


At Pet & Vet have been granted approval by the National Radiation Laboratory to treat cats suffering from hyperthyroidism. A single treatment of iodine 131 is often curative, meaning no requirement for daily medications, and has no serious side effects. Given by injection, the treatment is painless and does not require an anaesthetic. This treatment is administered in our specially designed hyperthyroid treatment facility.


FAQ's

What are the symptoms? 

The most common clinical signs of hyperthyroidism are;

- weight loss

- increased appetite 

- increased thirst & urination 

- may cause vomiting, diarrhea & hyperactivity 

- coat can appear unkempt, matted or greasy 

What is radioactive iodine treatment?

Treatment involves a single, painless injection in the scruff of the neck. It treats 95% of cases with a single injection and virtually 100% with a second treatment – if this is recommended by our Head Veterinarian.  

When a radioactive form of iodine is given, the radiation destroys a portion of the thyroid gland. In most cats, only enough radioiodine is absorbed to destroy that part of the gland that is functioning abnormally.  Any excess iodine is rapidly excreted via the saliva and urine.

How do I arrange radioactive iodine treatment?

Firstly discuss your concerns with your current Veterinarian to see if your cat would be a candidate for I-31 treatment. They will carry out blood tests & fill out the referral forms to provide to us.

How long would my cat need to stay for?

To ensure your safety as owners, we isolate the patients for at least seven days during which time you will unfortunately not be able to visit.

Please get in touch with the staff at the clinic if you have any other questions, - we're here to help. 


Tags: cat, Animal Health

Thyroid hormones are responsible for regulating many body processes and when too much hormone is produced the clinical signs can be quite dramatic, and cats can become seriously ill. Thyroid hormones also help control the body’s metabolic rate and cats with hyperthyroidism tend to burn up energy too rapidly and typically suffer weight loss despite having an increased appetite and increased food intake.

Hyperthyroidism is usually seen in middle-aged and older cats, rarely being seen in cats less than 7 years of age. Male and female cats are affected equally.


At Pet & Vet have been granted approval by the National Radiation Laboratory to treat cats suffering from hyperthyroidism. A single treatment of iodine 131 is often curative, meaning no requirement for daily medications, and has no serious side effects. Given by injection, the treatment is painless and does not require an anaesthetic. This treatment is administered in our specially designed hyperthyroid treatment facility.


FAQ's

What are the symptoms? 

The most common clinical signs of hyperthyroidism are;

- weight loss

- increased appetite 

- increased thirst & urination 

- may cause vomiting, diarrhea & hyperactivity 

- coat can appear unkempt, matted or greasy 

What is radioactive iodine treatment?

Treatment involves a single, painless injection in the scruff of the neck. It treats 95% of cases with a single injection and virtually 100% with a second treatment – if this is recommended by our Head Veterinarian.  

When a radioactive form of iodine is given, the radiation destroys a portion of the thyroid gland. In most cats, only enough radioiodine is absorbed to destroy that part of the gland that is functioning abnormally.  Any excess iodine is rapidly excreted via the saliva and urine.

How do I arrange radioactive iodine treatment?

Firstly discuss your concerns with your current Veterinarian to see if your cat would be a candidate for I-31 treatment. They will carry out blood tests & fill out the referral forms to provide to us.

How long would my cat need to stay for?

To ensure your safety as owners, we isolate the patients for at least seven days during which time you will unfortunately not be able to visit.

Please get in touch with the staff at the clinic if you have any other questions, - we're here to help. 


Tags: cat, Animal Health