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Welcome to Just Answer! I would like to help you and your cat with this question, but need a bit more information in order to better assist you.
When was he diagnosed with hyperthyroidism?
What is his heart rate?
How many breaths per minute is he taking?
How many hours since he was at the vet?
In case he or she has not, let me explain....
Hyperthyroidism is a fairly common disorder of older cats in which the thyroid gland in the neck starts to over-produce a hormone called T4. T4 controls metabolic rate. So, the more you have of it, the faster the metabolism.
Cats that are hyperthyroid tend to eat well, but eventually start to lose weight because they burn the calories up so fast. Their heart rates increase, and the transit time through the intestines increases. So, they may develop diarrhea and vomiting, but not always.
A classic symptom is increased meowing.
Hyperthyroidism can be diagnosed by physical exam and blood and urine analysis. On a physical exam, I check for enlarged thyroid glands, and a rapid heart rate, and sometimes heart murmurs. Blood and urine tests allow a vet to confirm the diagnosis.
Hyperthyroidism responds really well to treatment.
There are 3 treatment options.
1. Methimazole (tapazole is the trade name) given orally OR transdermally (a paste applied to the ear).
This medication is given usually once or twice daily, always for the rest of kitty's life.
Here is more about it: http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/methimazole-tapazole/page1.aspx
2. Surgery to remove the overactive thyroid gland.
This is a tricky surgery, and not one that I have done myself. However, there are many older veterinarians who are very good at this surgery – as they had to be when we didn’t have other treatment options.
The tricky part is that the thyroid is RIGHT beside the parathyroid. And while you can safely remove a thyroid gland, there can be serious consequences with blood calcium levels if you accidentally damage the parathyroid gland.
So, you might have to look around for a vet who does this surgery. When I worked in California, my boss there did this surgery quickly and well. It cost about $500.
Here is more about it: http://www.thepetcenter.com/gen/hth.html and here: http://www.sniksnak.com/cathealth/hyperthyroidism2.html
3. Radioactive iodine treatment (this last is the BEST treatment because it gives you a cure, but it is expensive). The cat has to spend about 1 week at a treatment facility that specializes in this service. In a perfect world where we did not have to consider cost, this would be the best option for almost every hyperthyroid cat! More here: http://www.radiocat.com/
So, as you can can see, there are a number of treatment options. Most cats do really well with the medication which is what you have there.
Here is more about hyperthyroidism:
More about it here: http://cats.about.com/cs/healthissues/a/stress_3.htm http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=0+1306+1448&aid=1360 It is pretty widely available at health food stores. If you don't have one near you, here is a link: http://www.gnc.com/sm-bach-flower-remedies-rescue-remedy--pi-2134400.html I have found the results variable with Rescue remedy. Some cats do seem more relaxed with Rescue Remedy, some don't seem to have any change with its use. But it is safe!
I do hope that this helps you to help your senior cat!
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The above is given for information only. Although I am a licensed veterinarian, I cannot legally prescribe medicines or diagnose your pet's condition without performing a physical exam. If you have concerns about your pet I would strongly advise contacting your regular veterinarian.