PET OF THE MONTH
PRESENTATION: Hyperthyroid Cat
Referral to “The Hyperthyroid Cat Centre”
Reefa is a 13 year old male cat. He was presented to Louise our Vet 3 months ago for his booster vaccinations where she noticed that he had lost some weight. His owner said he had been eating very well at home and was nice and lively. The vet checked his heart and it was fast so they decided to take a blood test to check for anything unusual.
The vets suspicions were correct and Reefa was diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism.
This means that he has an overactive Thyroid gland. The Thyroid gland sits in the cats neck and us used to regulate most body cell functions using hormones. The gland can become enlarged and therefore produces excess hormones increasing the cats heart rate, metabolism and blood pressure. This causes over excitability, ravenous appetite, weight loss and damage to the other organs.
There are a variety of different ways to treat Hyperthyroidism –
- * Treatment with daily medication. Lowering the levels of the thyroid hormones
- * Surgical removal of the glad or both glands
- * Radioactive – Iodine Therapy
Reefas owner opted to treat with Radioactive – Iodine Therapy which is the ‘gold star’ treatment option. This meant Reefa was referred to a specialist Hyperthroid Cat Centre and had to stay there for almost one month. He was given a radioactive injection which quickly gets to work destroying the abnormal thyroid tissue but not any of the surrounding tissue or glands.
Reefa was then deemed ‘Radioactive’ which meant all of his excretions were harmful to humans. He stayed within the centre to be cared for by the specialist vets and nurses trained in this field. They monitored his recovery and how he was improving before sending him home.
When he returned home he was checked over by our vet again and we were delighted to find that he had put on weight. His skin and coat condition had improved and his blood thyroid levels had improved so he was no longer needing any treatment for his thyroid.
Reefa is doing really well at home and no longer eating his owner out of house and home. Another great success story!
POTM written by Susan McArthur RVN Head Nurse Lancaster.