What is Hyperthyroidism?
Hyperthyroidism is the most common hormonal disorder found in cats. Mostly seen in cats over eight years of age, hyperthyroidism is caused when the thyroid gland in a cat’s neck produces and secretes an increased amount of thyroid hormone.
What are the signs your cat has Hyperthyroidism?
Signs your cat may be suffering from hyperthyroidism can include weight loss, increased appetite, restlessness, panting, raised heart rate, more frequent defecation with abundant and bulky stools, increased thirst and urination; and a matted, greasy and unkempt coat.
What is Radioiodine Treatment?
Potential hyperthyroidism treatments include anti-thyroid drug therapy, surgical thyroidectomy, and the least invasive and most successful – Radioiodine Therapy.
Here at New Plymouth Vet Group we are the only clinic in a provincial North Island city to offer Radioiodine Therapy. Widely accepted as the gold standard treatment, Radioiodine Therapy has a success rate of higher than 90%, few serious side-effects and usually does not require sedation or anaesthetic to perform. Following therapy your cat will stay hospitilised for a minimum of one week. We coordinate the treatments so that we can make it more economical for you – this will mean on occasion there will be a wait for the treatment.