Radioactive iodine therapy for feline hyperthyroidism
Radioiodine (I-131) Therapy & Feline Hyperthyroidism
Just like humans, cats have a gland called the thyroid that regulates metabolic rate. The condition 'hyperthyroidism' occurs when this gland overproduces thyroid hormone. One of the most effective treatments for this disease is Radioiodine (I-131) therapy.
- I-131 treatment can completely cure hyperthyroidism.
- Most cases (95%) never need another treatment of any type for hyperthyroidism. Only a very small number of cats require additional I-131 treatment or supplemental thyroid medication.
- A single injection of radioiodine is absorbed into the hyperactive thyroid tissue, leaving the normally functioning thyroid tissue intact.
- I-131 treatment does not produce harmful side-effects, require any pills, anesthesia, or surgery which greatly reduces the risks associated with more invasive or long-term therapies.
Normal thyroid function usually returns within four weeks after a Radioiodine treatment.
A consultation with Dr. De Haan will start the process to determine if your kitty is an appropriate candidate for Radioiodine therapy. Once confirmed, the I-131 therapy can be scheduled.
After a simple single injection of radioiodine, your pet will need to stay in our special radiation isolation facility for about 5 days. After three weeks of a slightly modified home routine, your pet can return to all of their normal activities and enjoy the benefits of a healthy, long and full active life with you and your family.