Middle-aged to older felines often experience hyperthyroidism, a disease involving excessive thyroid hormone in the body, usually caused by a non-cancerous tumor called a thyroid adenoma.
Hyperthyroidism is diagnosed by combining history, physical examination, and laboratory testing. Several treatments may be used for this disease, including daily medication (for the rest of the cat’s life), surgery, and our preferred treatment, radioiodine (I-131) therapy.
The I-131 treatment center is staffed by Avets clinicians and caregivers, allowing us to offer local follow-up. Because we are a 24-hour emergency and specialty veterinary hospital, our veterinarians and staff are always in attendance to your pets, including monitoring the video feed from the I-131 ward.