I am not happy about my cat undergoing surgery to treat his hyperthyroidism. Are there other treatment options?
There are a number of treatment options for hyperthyroidism in cats. Surgery is one option. Long term medical management of hyperthyroidism with tablets is another possibility and a third option is radioactive iodine treatment. Your vet will be able to discuss this and other treatment options with you and recommend the best approach for your cat.
My cat has been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and is doing well on medication. Is it necessary to return to my vet for a check up?
Once treatment has been started, you will need to visit your vet regularly for monitoring your cat's thyroid hormone level, clinical signs and other blood parameters to ensure that treatment is successful.
Once your vet is confident your cat's condition is stable, you will normally only need to visit your vet every three months for a check up. These check ups are essential to ensure that your cat remains happy and healthy.
I work full time and am unable to dose my cat with medication during the day. Are there other treatment possibilities?
Your vet will be able to discuss all the treatment options with you and is able to recommend the best approach for you and your cat. Some tablet formulations only require once daily dosing. Your vet may also decide that another treatment option would be more appropriate for your cat.
How long do I need to give medication to my cat to treat hyperthyroidism?
As medication controls, rather then cures hyperthyroidism, treatment is lifelong.
My cat is on daily medication for hyperthyroidism. What should I do if I forget to give a tablet?
If you forget to give a dose, do not worry but do contact your vet for advice if medication is proving difficult for any reason. Some medications only need to be administered every other day in some hyperthyroid cats while others need daily treatment or even twice or three times daily treatment. A missed tablet is only likely to cause a problem if a blood test is scheduled in the next few days. Do not give a double dose.
My cat started on medication for hyperthyroidism 3 days ago. It has stopped eating, could the medication cause this?
Some cats develop side effects associated with the anti-thyroid medication they are given. These side effects are generally mild (lethargy, inappetence, vomiting), start within a few days of first treatment and resolve quickly. Please contact your vet immediately for advice should you notice any of these signs.