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Terri, Feline Healthcare Expert
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Experience:  Expert in feline health and behavior. 20 years experience with cats.
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How to treat hyperthyroidism in my 12 year old female cat

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how to treat hyperthyroidism in my 12 year old female cat
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Terri replied 2 years ago.
Dear *****,
I am sorry your girl has not been feeling well.
Hyperthyroid is common in cats her age.
If she has this ailment it can be treated with medication and a special food. It is made by hills and called Y/D. It comes in wet and dry forms:
We usually start with tapizole (methamazole). If she is difficult to pill the medication can be compounded to a gel that can be rubbed on her ear.
You also mention she gets bladder infections. Most of the time they are caused by a dry food diet.
Please read articles written by a feline vet:
Standard treatment is a broad spectrum antibiotic like clavamox or clindamycin for at least ten days:
Add a few drops of cranberry juice to her water every day to lower the PH of her urine and stop the burning sensation.
A UTI is characterized by straining, going in and out of his box with little or no production, pain and sometimes fever.
A similar disorder is interstitial cystitis where no bacteria is seen in the urine.
She most likely got a steroid to reduce swelling. If her symptoms persist she will need antibiotics.
Please let me know if you wish to discuss this further. We can even speak on the phone if you like.
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