Hyperthyroid Treatment for Cats: Radioactive Iodine Therapy
Cats suffering from feline hyperthyroidism often display symptoms such as weight loss, excessive thirst, and increased urination. Once diagnosed with the condition, these cats can be medicated to reduce the amount of the thyroid hormone in their system, but there are oftentimes unpleasant side effects. In 15–20% of the cats taking hyperthyroidism medications, the cats experience:
- Loss of appetite
- Upset stomach/vomiting
- Itching, especially around head and face
- Problems with blood clotting
Thankfully, an advanced treatment, radioactive iodine therapy, has been developed and Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital is equipped to administer the treatment.
Radioactive Iodine (I-131) Therapy
With a one-time injection of radioactive iodine, 96% of treated cats are cured of their hyperthyroidism. Because of the nuclear regulatory guidelines, treated cats remain in isolation in the hospital for four days following the treatment in order to minimize exposure of humans to radiation. Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital is equipped to provide the needed seclusion and care for cats undergoing treatment.
Once the cat is released for care at home, the radiation will still be in their system, so they must not be around pregnant women, young children, or people who are immune compromised for two weeks. Our vets will provide you with all special instructions for their care. After that, they can resume full socialization.
In addition to no longer having to medicate your cat, you can expect a much better, more normal-acting cat. Be sure to contact us if you have additional questions about this highly beneficial procedure.