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New Service coming to Willows - Gold Standard treatment for hyperthyroidism in cats
18 October 2017
Willows is delighted to announce that we will be launching a new service for 2018! We have been updating you on our exciting new building extension which has been an ongoing project over the past months and part of this extension will include a dedicated centre for the treatment of hyperthyroidism in our feline friends. The service will be led by our dedicated Feline Specialist, Stephanie Lalor and lead radioactive iodine nurse, Vicky Maund.
Our new specialised unit will enable our Specialist Medicine team to provide non-invasive, radioactive iodine therapy for the treatment of hyperthyroidism.
Radioactive iodine therapy can be considered the gold standard therapy for the treatment of hyperthyroidism in cats with a reported success rate of 95%. This is a non–invasive treatment that is also ideal for patients who are unsuitable for medical treatment or surgery.
The radioactivity is very local and there is no hair loss or other side effects that are associated with radiotherapy. Radioactive iodine therapy is safe and effective, due to the nature of the treatment a 2 week hospitalisation period is required.
We will be taking referrals for this new service in January 2018.
What is Feline Hyperthyroidism?
Feline hyperthyroidism is a common endocrine (glandular) disorder which results is excessive release of thyroid hormone. Clinical signs include an increased appetite, weight loss, muscle wasting, excitability, nervousness, behavioural changes, tremors, and heat intolerance. Initially a diagnosis of the condition is made with a blood test, and potentially further investigated to detect any concurrent underlying conditions such as kidney failure, high blood pressure and/or heart disease because all of these can impact on the cat’s wellbeing.
Treatment for the condition can be undertaken with oral medication for the remaining life expectancy of the cat, a specialised diet, surgical intervention to remove the thyroid gland(s), or radioactive iodine therapy. The multi-disciplinary team at Willows can offer a complete service for hyperthyroid patients depending on their individual needs.
For further information about hyperthyroidism, please see our information sheet.
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