Feline hyperthyroidism is a disorder that occurs when the thyroid gland produces an excess of thyroid hormone.The thyroid gland is a butterfly shaped gland that is found just below the larynx (voice box) in front of the trachea (windpipe). This gland is responsible for producing thyroid hormones T3 and T4, which are released into the blood stream secondary to the signal from the brain (hypothalamus and pituitary glands).
The I-CAT Feline Thyroid Treatment Centers are led by founder Erick Mears, Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, who has personally treated hyperthyroid cats for more than 20 years. The specialists and staff at I-CAT first screen a hyperthyroid cat with an echocardiogram and an abdominal ultrasound, included in the cost of the I-CAT I-131 treatment, to thoroughly reveal the cat’s disorder. The staff has extensive knowledge of the metabolic needs of each cat, and Dr. Mears has an intimate understanding of the condition, having personally experienced iodine treatment for his own medical condition.
I-CAT’s group of board-certified internal medicine specialists have collectively treated more than 3,500 cats to date. The I-CAT services are offered at locations around the United States.
“With Radioiodine I-131, Indy was back to his old self within 2 or 3 weeks. The radiation exposure is minimal. I did some research and I chose Radioiodine because I didn’t want the side effects from surgery. And, the cost between Radioiodine and surgery isn’t much different. It was worth it for my cat. Plus, it was quick. It also made me comfortable that I-CAT ran tests to make sure that Indy was a candidate for the procedure…