At Veterinary Referral Hospital of Hickory, we do everything possible to extend a pet's quality of life. Our premier I-131 therapy center, The Innovetive Cures for Cats Thyroid Treatment Center, offers feline therapy to treat hyperthyroidism. This minimally-invasive injection of radioactive iodine can save a cat's life—often in a single treatment.
Healing cats with hyperthyroidism
When a cat is diagnosed with feline hyperthyroidism, it's important to find treatment as quickly as possible. This affliction causes a feline's thyroid to produce hormones T3 and T4 in excess, resulting in tumors and neck swelling. If not treated, the disease can lead to hypertension, high blood pressure, heart disease, organ failure, and—potentially—a shortened life.
Thankfully, hyperthyroidism can often be curable. In fact, the majority of cats who undergo I-131 therapy treatment, which requires no anesthesia or subsequent pain management medications, are cured within a single treatment.
Hyperthyroidism treatment options
When you bring or refer a cat to our team at Veterinary Referral Hospital of Hickory, we'll create a custom course of action to combat hyperthyroidism. Typically, we'll explore one or a combination of the following options:
Utilizing a special medicine made from radioactive iodine, our hospital is renowned for its The Innovetive Cures for Cats Thyroid Treatment Center against hyperthyroidism. As part of the treatment, the patient will receive the injection and then be carefully monitored for a few days. While there may be slight discomfort or slight hair or pigment loss at the site of the injection, adverse effects are minimal—especially considering that this treatment could save the patient's life!
In some extreme cases, thyroid surgery may be necessary to protect feline patients from hyperthyroidism damage. As goes with most veterinary surgical procedures, thyroid surgery requires anesthesia. Since hyperthyroid patients are at greater risk with anesthesia than typical patients, our qualified team at Veterinary Referral Hospital of Hickory will closely monitor the patient before, during, and after the surgery.
Daily oral medication
Methimazole (brand name Tapazole®) is another option to treat feline hyperthyroidism. However, as any cat owner knows, it can be a challenge to administer a daily pill with feline, which can cause stress for both the pet and owner. The treatment doesn't cure the cat's condition but instead manages symptoms to keep the feline comfortable. Beyond the daily medication, this form of treatment requires frequent monitoring and laboratory tests to keep a close eye on the patient's response to treatment.
Some say that food is medicine, and in the case of hyperthyroidism, a special low-iodine diet can help reduce symptoms in felines. For this diet to be effective, it must be the only food that the cat consumes for the rest of their life, which can be challenging for pet owners to uphold. A y/d diet can also be expensive and may not be a permanent solution for hyperthyroidism relief in your cat.
Ultimately, I-131 radioiodine treatment is the simplest and most non-invasive way to treat hyperthyroidism in cats. Schedule your cat's I-131 radioiodine therapy treatment today
We're here to provide a quick solution to your feline's hyperthyroidism. Please do get in touch for more information about the Innovetive Cures for Cats Center.
Notes for referring veterinarians
Please consider the following when referring a patient to our hospital:
- Radioactive iodine therapy can only be provided to medically stable cats
- If on methimazole, a cat must discontinue their medication three days prior to the treatment
- When referring, we require the following diagnostic test (via fax or mail) 7-30 days prior to the treatment:
- Physical exam
- Complete blood count
- Serum biochemistry panel
- Resting T4 level
- Chest radiographs
- Cardiac ultrasound (highly recommended)
How to schedule feline hyperthyroidism treatment with our hospital
Please have your veterinarian call to arrange the referral of your pet to our I-131 service. We can schedule a consultation with one of our experts to assess your pet's case.
For new clients
- Have your veterinarian schedule a consultation for your pet
- Your pet will be assessed in consultation with our I-131 expert
- The veterinary will discuss a treatment and diagnostic plan
- You’ll be given an estimate for treatment
- We provide care to restore your pet’s health
For referring veterinarians
Please contact our hospital or fill in the online form for the patient in need of a I-131 consultation. Thank you for your referral.