Excuse Me, Ma’am, but Your Cat Is Glowing…  All About Radioactive Iodine Treatment

A grey cat rubbing its chin with its pawHyperthyroidism is a commonly diagnosed condition in our feline friends. Many owners choose daily medications to control this condition, but there is another option that does not involve such an ongoing commitment.

Radioactive iodine treatment for hyperthyroid cats may sound a little comic book-esque, but it is often an excellent choice for our patients at Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital.

All About Hyperthyroidism

The endocrine system is primarily responsible for hormone production and regulation. The thyroid gland is an essential part of this system, residing in the cervical region where it produces thyroid hormone. This hormone is essential for the proper functioning of metabolism.




Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital offers a full complement of in-house laboratory equipment, allowing us to perform a large number of diagnostic tests on-site to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of your pet. In addition, we maintain a relationship with a national diagnostic laboratory for the times when off-site diagnostics are needed.

Commonly performed in-house wellness tests include:

  • Fecal analysis
    • For the detection of intestinal parasites such as roundworms, hookworms and whipworms
    • For the detection of the Giardia and coccidia
  • Heartworm tests for dogs and cats
  • Tests for Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)
  • Tests for common tick-borne illnesses in the dog
    • Lyme disease
    • Anaplasmosis
    • Ehrlichia

 Other in-house tests available for your pet:

  • Complete blood count (CBC)
    • Provides red and white blood cell counts
    • Aids in the detection of anemias and infection
  • Chemistry profile
    • For the evaluation of kidney and liver values, blood glucose, protein levels and electrolytes
  • Tests for Canine Pancreatitis
  • Tests for Canine Parvovirus
  • Thyroid hormone assays
  • Canine Pregnancy Testing
  • Ear cytology
    • For the detection of microorganisms and parasites in cases of ear infections
  • Skin cytology
    • For the determination of types and numbers of microorganism such as bacteria and yeast in a number of skin conditions
  • Skin scraping
    • For the detection of microscopic parasites such as mites in a number of skin conditions
  • Mass cytology

 In the case that your pet needs a test not offered by our laboratory, we are able to obtain blood and/or tissue samples on-site to be sent out to a national laboratory. Results are often available within a few business days. These tests include:

  • Bile acids assay for liver function
  •  Tests for endocrine, or hormonal, disorders
    • ACTH stimulation testing
    • Low dose and High dose Dexamethasone Suppression Testing
    • Fructosamine evaluations
  • Vaccine titer evaluations
  • PCR testing for certain viral or bacterial infections
  • Urine and tissue cultures