Dear Care Center Staff,
Thank you all for your care and concern with both Frankie (recently), and Precious, (2 years ago) during a time of difficulty. You were very compassionate and equipped me with the information to make the best decision for them, although a tough one for me. My family appreciates your sympathy and understanding. Thank you again for everything.
Hyperthyroidism is a common disease in middle-aged and older cats. It is a condition caused by a benign tumor of the thyroid gland that begins to produce too much thyroid hormone. The net result of this is usually weight loss in the face of increased appetite, vomiting, and often times heart disease.
Treatment for hyperthyroidism is with either:
- Medication (which blocks synthesis of thyroid hormone). Medication must be given for the life of the cat.
- Surgery (to remove the tumor)
- Radioactive iodine, or I-131.
I-131 has many advantages:
- 94% curative
- Least expensive long-term treatment
- No daily pilling
- No surgical risk
Care Center offers I-131 treatment in association with I-Cat. To learn more about I-Cat, click here. You can schedule a treatment for I-131 at the Care Center by calling Dr. Erick Mears and I-Cat at: 1-866-497-3784.