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Radioactive Iodine Therapy For Hyperthyroid Cats

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What is Hyperthyroidism?

Hyperthyroidism is an excessive hormone production caused by overactive thyroid glands or other tissue elsewhere in the body. It is a common disease that primarily affects middle aged to senior cats. Typical signs of hyperthyroidism are weight loss, ravenous appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, vomiting, diarrhea and matted or greasy coat. Thyroid hormones affect all the organs of the body, so when hyperthyroidism is left untreated it can cause heart disease, hypertension, kidney disease and more.

Why should I choose Radioactive Iodine Therapy to treat my cat?

Hyperthyroidism and Kidney Disease

Hyperthyroidism increases cardiac output dramatically. This, in turn, increases blood flow to the kidneys which can mask underlying renal disease. Once hyperthyroidism is treated these effects subside and may make kidney disease seem worsened or more apparent. It is important to remember that the treatment did not cause kidney disease.

Other treatment options:

As with any treatment plan, it is important to address any concerns with your family veterinarian. They will be able to help you weigh the risks vs. the benefits for your individual pet.