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I want to give my cat hyperthyroid medicine because I think…

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I want to give my cat hyperthyroid medicine because I think she has it but I can’t afford a blood test what will happen if I give her thyroid support gold and she doesn’t need it?

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. What seems to be the problem with your cat?

She urinates often, has greasy fur, eats a lot, vomits, not playful, her fur is also matted, “unkempt”

Veterinarian's Assistant: Hopefully it didn't make a mess. Did your cat eat anything unusual?

No

Veterinarian's Assistant: OK. The Expert will know what to do. What is your cat's name and age?

Lorelei and we believe she is 3 or 4

Submitted: 3 months ago.Category: Cat Veterinary
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Cat Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 3 months ago
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Cat Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 3 months ago

The ideal solution here is going to be seeking out financial aid and financing options to have bloodwork performed. A whole host of illnesses can cause frequent urination, greasy fur, increased appetite, vomiting, lethargy and an unkempt appearance. Additionally, hyperthyroidism is more common in cats over 13 years of age. It would be nearly unheard of for Lorelei to have this condition at 3-4 years. What's more, if you give her medication to bring her thyroid levels down you may wind up causing HYPOthyroidism which poses a whole list of OTHER problems. Medicating her on a suspicion is absolutely not how I'd approach this.

Instead, I'd look at finding funding for diagnostics to see what she might have. At her age, I would expect conditions like a UTI or kidney dysfunction more likely. Try these following organizations for financial help:

Red Rover: https://redrover.org/find-financial-assistance-veterinary-care

Best friends: http://bestfriends.org/resources/financial-aid-pets

AVMA: https://www.avma.org/public/YourVet/Pages/Financial-assistance-for-veterinary-care-costs.aspx

HSUS: http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/trouble_affording_veterinary_care.html

PAWS: https://www.paws.org/cats-and-dogs/other-services/help-with-veterinary-bills/

Your dogs friend: http://yourdogsfriend.org/we-recommend/need-help-paying-vet-bills/

AFRP: https://www.animalfriendsrescue.org/financialassistance.html

Speaking for Spot: http://speakingforspot.com/?p=Financial%20Assistance%20for%20Veterinary%20Care

2 options for financing include www.carecredit.com and www.scratchpay.com. Both of these companies have low interest APR rates (starting at 5%) and allow you to pay for a vet bill over 6-24 months.

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