Forest Veterinary Centre Radioiodine Treatment for Hyperthyroid Cats Listing ID: 7741



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Listing Began: Friday, July 13, 2018

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Radioiodine Treatment for Hyperthyroid Cats

Forest Veterinary Centre are pleased to offer radioiodine treatment for hyperthyroid cats at our Radioiodine Unit, Eastwick Lodge, Harlow.

What is Hyperthyroidism?
Hyperthyroidism is the over production of thyroid hormones, and is the most common hormone problem seen in older cats in the UK. Like people, cats have two thyroid glands, one on either side of the neck. The thyroid gland can enlarge – this is known as a goitre and is usually due to a benign growth in one or both of the glands. The growth results in increased circulating thyroid hormones, which affect the rest of the body and can cause signs such as;

  • Weight loss – despite normal or increased appetite
  • Increased drinking and urination
  • Poor coat quality
  • Hyperactivity or “kitten like” behaviour
  • Vocalising and crying at night and restlessness
  • Diarrhoea and sometimes vomiting
  • A fast heart rate
  • Increased blood pressure, which can lead to blindness if not managed.

In many cats, the vet can feel an enlarged goitre. If the clinical signs and history fit, we will carry out a blood test to check the thyroid levels and if these are high, the diagnosis is confirmed. As hyperthyroidism is a disease of older cats, this may mean that they have other problems – especially kidney and heart disease – which could require additional tests.

Treatment options
The good news is that hyperthyroidism is a common and treatable condition. There are several options, some of which offer a permanent solution (radioiodine or surgery), and others that will manage the condition (medication or special food). Initially, your vet may recommend tablets to manage the thyroid levels and then a repeat blood sample to include checking that the kidney function is adequate. If the kidney function is sufficient we can then consider radioiodine. If there are kidney problems we would recommend continuing the tablet medication with regular monitoring.


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