Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Boston, MA (USA)
Hyperthyroidism / Hyperthyroids and Thorough Appointment
Thanks guys, especially to those who responded to my posting about having physical exams that are thorough enough for our loves ones.
(For those of you who didn't read, Sylvie, our younger cat (~6 year old) had an apt. with a new vet at our local clinic, and I was quite unhappy with the brief and undetailed appointment she had (not even clearning the ears or using the stethoscope or taking blood pressure, etc.).
We made sure to request the senior vet. I also brought up with my family about your responses about blood tests/feces tests, etc.
Luckily, the vet did take a urine test (ouch for our older cat, 11 year-old, Charlie; they took her into another room to extract). But they found some blood, and found a bacteria. So she has to be on a pink, liquid antibiotic for 4 more weeks.
But he also ordered blood tests, and results came back showing that she has hyperthyroidism. So we are worried. 4 years ago, a stray cat with FIV+ that we adopted had hyperthyroidism, and after diagnosis, he declined so quickly even with treatment. So we are worried.
I'd like to know any/all words from those of you experienced with this.
- How did your cat do?/How is he or she doing?
- What treatment/s did you choose? (We are debating daily meds, surgery, or radiation). If surgery/radiation, did it cure?
- etc. etc.
We have been giving all natural cat food for years. Currently mostly:
Solid Gold, Wellness, Felidae, No Grain (if that's not the name, it is the Merrick branch), and a couple more. Just over the last couple of days, Charlie's appetite has gone up (could be side effect from antibiotics, but we remember too well with our past cat who had hyperthyroidism; he'd been on Tapazole).
All feedback and advice could be very helpful.