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my 14 year old cat was just diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and i think that we are going to go with the radioactive treatment, i was wondering if this is safe for cats this old and are there any deaths caused by getting this treatment.
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I've had several cats with hyperthyroidism, and for various reasons each time chose not to go with this treatment. I've not heard of a cat dying from the treatment, and think there are real positive aspects to this choice (though I'm not a vet or vet tech so can not comment in any way except anecdotally). What I have heard of a few times on the list I am on for folks with cats who have Chronic Renal Failure (CRF) is that sometimes hyperthyroidism is masking CRF. It doesn't show up on the tests done prior to the procedure, but several months down the road, your older cat is diagnosed with crf.

My best suggestion is to do a google search on hypert and crf to see if you can pull up an article on this, and to read over the feline crf site (aka the avatar site) which I believe comments on cats with hypert developing crf. A google search on feline crf information should bring up the avatar site.

good luck with your kitty,
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Radioiodine treatment is a relatively safe treatment for cats, however, your vet will take into account kitty's general health status and proceed from there.

The drawback to radioiodine treatment is cost, location of the clinic who provides the service, and your seperation from kitty for approximately 7 or more days for treatment. On the upside, the treatment carries a more favorable prognosis as opposed to thyroidectomy or life-long medications. Don't be afraid to ask questions of your vet and/or the attending vet at the radioiodine treatment facility so that you are prepared and know what to expect..............................Traci
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ok thanks for the info. we found a few facilities very close to us and they said that sam would have to go in on a monday and would be back on that friday. i think she could use a break from us anyways she is very stubborn and is probably wondering why she has gotten so much more attention from my mom lately! the vet pretty much said what you said but i just wanted to make sure with some other people! thanks a lot!
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