The iodine unit first started as a scribble on a piece of paper and a dream of our team back in 2017 and it has taken a huge amount of dedication and effort from a large team of people to get to the point of opening in 2023.
The service is run by veterinary surgeons Dr Eloise Quince BVetMedCertAVP(SAM-F) PgCertVPS MANZCVS (Medicine of Cats UK) MRCVS -– and Dr Kate Allgood BVetMed PGCertVPS CertAVP(SAM) MRCVS, supported by our experienced team of registered veterinary nurses.
Hyperthyroidism is a common condition in older cats where the thyroid gland becomes overactive and produces too much thyroid hormone. This is due to a benign cancerous process called an adenoma. In a small percentage of cats, this can become malignant and form a different type of tumour called a carcinoma.
Signs of hyperthyroidism include weight loss with an increased appetite, increased thirst, vomiting and diarrhoea, increased activity levels and restlessness, an increased heart rate, and an unkempt appearance.
RI therapy is the treatment of choice for hyperthyroid cats as it provides a permanent cure in up to 95 per cent of cases. It is administered by an iodine injection under the skin in a specialised unit for containing radiation, by a specifically trained vet and registered veterinary nurse.
All cats treated with radioactive iodine will stay in an isolation unit for a minimum of 8 days following the injection and some may need to stay in up to two weeks. On discharge, special precautions must be adhered at home to keep owners and cats safe for up to 28 days.
We can only accept referrals from veterinary surgeons. If you think your pet may need a referral, please speak to your veterinary surgeon who will be able to advise.
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