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Both my cats are on methemazol . and now both of

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Both my cats are on methemazol for thyroid. and now both of them have dry brittle fur that they shed a lot. Is there something over the counter I can safely give them for this?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 2 years ago.
Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.
We do sometimes see a loss in normal coat quality for cats with thyroid disease and on this treatment. Therefore, instead of using olive oil, I would suggest supplementing both cats with Omega 3 fatty acids. These tend to contain more essential fatty acids (EFAs), which is a key part of maintaining skin cell and coat health. To administer this, you can given each cat 1.5-2.5 ml fish oil per 4kg of body weigh (Avoid cod liver oil as its too rich in vitamin A for cats). Alternatively, you can offer a small volume of fresh salmon weekly. If they do not like fish, then there are alternative EFA therapies available OTC at vets, pet stores, and online. Common ones I use for my patients are Viacutin or Yumega. These can take a few weeks to get into their system, but will help restore their coat quality and reduce this brittleness.
I hope this information is helpful.
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Dr. B.
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