If your cat has hyperthyroidism, it means that too much thyroxine is produced in the thyroid gland, causing your cat’s metabolism to increase. This puts stress on your cat’s organs, including heart, kidneys, nervous system, gastrointestinal tract, and liver. It is the most common glandular disorder affecting cats.
The first step is to determine the level of thyroid hormone or T4 in your cat’s blood. If your cat has a T4 level that is in the upper range of normal but hyperthyroidism is still suspected, a second test is performed. If these tests are not definitive, your cat’s T4 can be measured again in a few weeks. To find out more about the diagnosis of cats with hyperthyroidism, please read this study published in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
Radioactive iodine therapy is a very effective way to treat hyperthyroidism. It destroys the abnormal thyroid tissue without endangering your cat’s other organs. Treatment doesn’t require anesthesia and recurrence of the disease is rare after radioactive iodine therapy.
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