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Cher, Feline Specialist
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Experience:  Feline Healthcare & Behavior Specialist 40+ years Experience
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My cat was diagnosed yesterday with hyperthyroidism. s t-4?

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my cat was diagnosed yesterday with hyperthyroidism. His t-4? level is 8.5. c. 10 yrs old (but shelter cat so vet's guess). Vet said he is a good candidate for surgery. No other. Needs to be anesthesized for teeth cleaning anyway. I've schduled surgery for Monday. Should I cancel and expore radioactive iodine further?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Cher replied 1 year ago.

Hello, and welcome!

Due to your cat's comparatively young age, the radioactive iodine treatment may be a good option for him. Here is more information about hyperthyroidism and all the options you have for the treatment of hyperthyroidism: CLICK

Also, HERE

It seems a little quick to jump into surgery at this time, unless your cat has a malignant tumor on his thyroid. Typically, oral medication would be tried first, even if surgery is considered, and there is a food made by Science Diet just for hyperthyroid cats, called Y/D.

Before any procedure requiring anesthesia, certain blood tests are done to determine which kind of anesthesia the individual cat would best tolerate.

I don't think I would rush into surgery at this time, but get more information about the oral medication (and transdermal gel), iodine therapy and hyperthyroid prescription food. Here are more details re: the radioactive iodine therapy, which is only done at certain animal medical centers across the U.S.: CLICK

and HERE

I hope all will be well with your furry boy and please let me know how he's coming along. Thanks!

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