FELINE HYPERTHYROIDISM AND RADIOACTIVE IODINE THERAPY
Hyperthyroidism is the most common endocrine disorder in middle aged and geriatric cats. Symptoms of hyperthyroidism can include behavioral changes, hyperactivity, weight loss, increased appetite, increased thirst and urination, vomiting, diarrhea, and rapid heart rate.
Your veterinarian may diagnose hyperthyroidism through physical examination findings and routine laboratory findings. Once a diagnosis of hyperthyroidism is made, your veterinarian will discuss options for treatment, which include medical management, surgery or radioactive iodine (I-131).
If radiation therapy is elected, Animal Imaging can provide I-131 treatment in a safe and comfortable environment for your cat. Radioactive iodine is an effective and safe treatment for hyperthyroidism. Cats treated with radioactive iodine receive a subcutaneous (under the skin) injection of the drug and are then hospitalized until the level of radiation is low enough for your cat to safely return home.