Hyperthyroidism is a common endocrine disease in senior cats. Hyperthyroidism is caused by excessive secretion of thyroid hormone due to a growth in one or both thyroid glands. If left untreated, this condition will eventually cause organ failure and premature death. Although there are several methods of treating hyperthyroidism, Lincoln Park Veterinary Hospital provides a permanent method of treatment called radioactive iodine therapy.
Treatment with radioactive iodine is the preferred treatment for cat hyperthyroidism thanks to its safety and ease of use. Radioactive iodine is administered to the patient in a capsule format by one of our veterinarians at our hospital. The iodine is then absorbed quickly into the patient’s bloodstream, and goes directly to the thyroid tissue. Once in the thyroid, the iodine destroys the overactive portions of the thyroid gland.
Patients in radioactive iodine therapy will require a short stay (typically four days) at our approved special radioiodine treatment room to ensure that radiation is at an acceptable level according to the State Department of Health and Nuclear Regulatory Commission. It is a very safe procedure for your cat, and the radiation is excreted through the cat's urine and feces during the course of treatment.
Radioiodine therapy has advantages over medical and surgical treatments for feline hyperthyroidism, including:
For more information about our radioiodine therapy, please call our office at 313-389-2222.