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Overactive thyroid

post #1 of 4
Thread Starter 
Am new to this site and need some advise from you caty people
My cat is 13 and has an overactive thyroid
I want to avoid an op or drugs.
I've heard Sea Kelp is good for sorting out this problem.
Any advise would be appreciated
post #2 of 4

I have a 14 year old who was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism about 6 months ago. She has responded well to the medication, though we have to keep an eye on her kidney functioning because the medication can cause problems with this.

I've never heard of using Sea Kelp with cats, so I wouldn't want to try it without consulting with a holistic vet who is familiar with these things.
post #3 of 4
Please reconsider the use of medication, surgery or radioiodine treatment. I am part of a hyperthyroid cat group on Yahoo and I have yet to hear of anyone successfully treating their cat with alternative medication. Hyperthyroidism is usually caused by a "benign" growth on the thyroid causing the thyroid to produce too much of its hormones. Medication treats the symptoms by reducing the amount of thyroid hormone in the blood stream. Surgery and radioiodine (I-131) therapy act by removing/destroying the tumor itself.

Excessive thyroid hormone can cause several other problems if left alone, including cardiomyopathy or cardiomegaly (thickening of the heart muscle so that it doesn't pump blood as well), high blood pressure, kidney damage, and break down of muscle tissue throughout the body. Untreated hyperthyroidism can cause a cat to lose weight very quickly, especially if the thyroid levels are very high. My cat was unmedicated for two months last summer (he had undergone I-131 treatment and it was unsuccessful for him) and he lost more than one third of his body weight (from 10.5 pounds to 7 pounds). He was all skin and bones, and being on the medication is the only reason he is alive today.
post #4 of 4
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all your advise.
Benson and i went to the vets today and he's booked in on the 16th Feb for his op. Fingers crossed it goes ok.
Will keep you posted.
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