Cat Forum banner

1 - 3 of 3 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
34 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
Has anyone had any experience with feline hyperthyroidism? My 14-15 year old cat was just diagnosed with this condition, and I'm looking at 2 main treatment options: medication or surgical removal of the affected thyroid lobes. Sassy also needs a teeth cleaning and a lump on her shoulder needs to be removed, so she'll already be under anesthesia. We're leaning towards surgical removal but would appreciate any thoughts or opinions.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,101 Posts
There are actually *three* treatments: medication, surgery, and radioactive iodine. They all have their plusses and minuses, and not all are available in all areas. For more details, see:
http://www.littlebigcat.com/index.php?a ... iatriccats

The medication (methimazole) must be given for at least 2 weeks prior to *any* other treatment, and bloodwork repeated at that time, in order to make sure her kidneys can handle it. I usually start them on the drug and watch them for a month or two before proceeding to the next step.

Cheers,
Dr. Jean
 
1 - 3 of 3 Posts
Top