Treatment for cats with hyperthyroidism
When a cat is diagnosed with feline hyperthyroidism, it's important to find radioiodine treatment fast. Hyperthyroidism causes a cat's thyroid to produce too much T3 and T4 hormone, resulting in swelling of the neck and tumors. If not treated, this condition can lead to many issues, such as hypertension, high blood pressure, heart disease, and organ failure. Essentially, a much shorter lifespan.
Hyperthyroidism can often be cured. In fact, the majority of felines who undergo I-131 radioiodine treatment, which doesn't require anesthesia or subsequent pain management medications, can be cured within one treatment.
Have questions about radioiodine therapy for cats? Contact us today!
Signs of hyperthyroidism in cats
While cats are notorious for hiding symptoms, the signs of hyperthyroidism can often be blatant. Keep an eye out for the most common signs associated with hyperthyroidism:
- Weight loss, despite a ravenous appetite
- Excessive thirst or urination
- Diarrhea and/or vomiting
- Heart disease (such as tachycardia or hypertrophic changes)
- Excessive shedding and matting of their fur
- Palpable thyroid masses
It never hurts to be too careful. If you see any of these signs in your cat, please contact us as soon as possible to determine the next steps.
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