Originally Posted by ilovejoelyo
a few years back i had a cat named bushee who had to be put down from hyperthyroidism... i was too young to know what it was.
Now i have a cat only 6 or 7 years old who has been diagnosed with it. On the chart cats are supposed to be about a "4" she is a "13". It needs to be taken care of. our options are medication which will help her for about 2 years or, radioactive iodine treatment we dont know much about that... with a few incidents that have happend we have nearly NO extra money. Does anyone know how much this would cost?
PJ has hyperT - she's about 13 years old, and has had it for about 2 years.
Medication, from my experience (as a human with hypO-T, and knowing people with hyperT kitties that took medication for many years), will help for much longer than 2 years, so I'm not sure where you get that number from, but each cat is different.
PJ takes her methimazole as a liquid that we mix in with her food. Here, it costs $42 for 2 months worth, and for her to be healthy and get all the medicine (which didn't work with pills or transdermal gel, both of which cost the same as the specially made liquid), it's worth every penny. In my area, I've gotten estimates of $1000-$1200 for radioactive iodine treatment, which my vet does NOT do - he has referred me out to a specialist. I'm sure you would be able to work out a payment plan of some sort - I know that's what I'll have to do when it's time for PJ to have the iodine.
As an aside, my vet would not let PJ get iodine treatment until we found out if medication could make her better - he said that if she couldn't get better on medication, there was no point in doing the iodine. Even though it has been costly (between the medication, and the blood work he likes to do every 2-3 months with her because she's older), I'm really glad he made us do that - since I wouldn't want to spend all that money on iodine and put PJ through it, only to find out her thyroid really wasn't what was going on at all. So, I think you will probably need to do a medication trial before you get into iodine treatment. Iodine is probably a good option for you since your cat is young. Since I'm convinced PJ is going to live forever (she acts like a kitten), I'm doing the iodine as soon as I can.