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Frequently Asked Questions


Overview of Hyperthyroidism and Treatment Options, Including Radioiodine

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Q) What is hyperthyroidism?

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Q) Do all hyperthyroid cats have a thyroid tumor? Is it thyroid cancer?

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Q) How does one best treat a hyperthyroid cat?

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Q) Why use radioiodine instead of medicine or surgery for a hyperthyroid cat?

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Q) How does radioiodine work?

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Q) Isn’t my cat too old for radioiodine therapy?

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Q) Is radioiodine a new treatment for cats?

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Making an Appointment and Preparing Your Cat for Radioiodine Treatment

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Q) How do I make an appointment for this treatment?

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Q) My cat has been treated with methimazole. How long should we stop the medication prior to the appointment for radioiodine treatment?

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Q) I have been feeding my cat Hill’s y/d diet. How long should I stop feeding this diet prior to radioiodine treatment?

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Q) What about other drugs that my cat is getting (e.g., atenolol, amlodipine, enalapril, etc.)?

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Q) Can I feed my cat on the morning of the appointment for radioiodine treatment?

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Q) My cat has never been boarded or away from home before. Will my cat become bored or depressed?

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Thyroid Scanning (Thyroid Scintigraphy): An Essential Tool for Cats to be Treated with Radioiodine

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Q) What about a thyroid scan? Is this needed in my cat? Do you do this procedure at Hypurrcat?

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Q) How does a thyroid scan work in a hyperthyroid cat to locate the thyroid tumor(s)?

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Q) Why does my cat need a thyroid scan? We already know that he/she is hyperthyroid!

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Q) Is anesthesia or sedation required for the thyroid scan?

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Admission Day and Hospital Stay During Radioiodine Treatment

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Q) What should I do on the day of my cat's admission for radioiodine treatment?

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Q) Should I bring anything for my cat on the day of admission?

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Q) What happens on the admission day?

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Q) How is radioiodine therapy given?

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Q) What happens to my cat during hospitalization?

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Q) How long is the hospitalization period?

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Q) How can I check on my cat's condition during treatment?

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Q) Is visiting allowed? I heard that each cat has his/her own web cam?

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Q) Can I remove my cat from the Hypurrcat facility before the end of the treatment period?

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Q) Are there any side effects or risks with radioiodine?

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Q) What about kidney disease? Can radioiodine cause my cat's kidney function to worsen or even fail?

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Q) What happens when my cat is discharged from Hypurrcat?

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Q) Is there anything we can do to lessen the chance that severe kidney disease will develop?

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Initial At-Home Care for Cats Treated with Radioiodine

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Q) What precautions should I take when I bring my cat home after radioiodine therapy?

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Q) What do I need to do with the cat litter after my cat is discharged from Hypurrcat?

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Q) These precautions seem like my cat is hazardous to me. How dangerous is the radiation?

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Q) What precautions do I need to take for my other pets?

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Q) What if I want to continue boarding my cat during this initial 2-week period?

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Q) Will you contact my regular veterinarian? What kind of aftercare will my cat need?

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Q) Should the thyroid scan be repeated after treatment to ensure that the thyroid tumor has been destroyed?

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Q) How soon will my cat return to normal?

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Q) What should I feed my cat after radioiodine treatment?

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Long-term Follow-up for Cats Treated with Radioiodine

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Q) Can the hyperthyroidism ever recur?

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Q) What is the success rate of radioiodine therapy?

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Q) How often should my cat be monitored after treatment with radioiodine?

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Q) What is the long-term prognosis for my cat after radioiodine treatment?

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Q) How often does hypothyroidism develop after radioiodine therapy?

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Q) If hypothyroidism does develop, how is it treated?

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Q) Does Dr. Peterson stay involved with the long-term monitoring of my cat after treatment?

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