(702) 732-2210(702) 732-2210
3065 East Desert Inn Road
Las Vegas, Nevada 89121
Sunday through Saturday: 7 a.m.—8 p.m.
Desert Inn Animal Hospital is the only veterinary hospital in Nevada, Arizona, and Utah to provide a permanent treatment option for feline hyperthyroidism.
What is feline hyperthyroidism?
As in humans, the thyroid gland produces a hormone responsible for the body’s metabolism or production of energy for body functions. In hyperthyroidism, the thyroid becomes over active—often due to a benign tumor—and produces too much of its normal hormone.
What symptoms do cats show when they have hyperthyroidism?
Not all cats show the same symptoms, but if you notice any of the following symptoms, we recommend you contact our veterinarians:
How is feline hyperthyroidism treated?
There are three types of treatments for cats, each with its own set of advantages and disadvantages:
Anti-thyroid medication—Using medication given once or twice per day to reduce the production of thyroid hormones tends to be the first treatment option used.
Surgery—If only one of the thyroid lobes is affected, surgically removing the diseased tissue is an effective treatment. Full diagnostic testing must be done to rule out complicating conditions and underlying causes.
Radioactive iodine therapy—Now considered the treatment of choice in areas where it is available and can be afforded, radioactive iodine therapy involves one injection of radioactive iodine (I-131) given under the skin. The iodine "finds" and destroys all diseased cells without harming any normal tissue. Cats remain in the hospital for two days until the radiation levels return to an acceptable level.
In addition to providing radioactive iodine therapy for our own clients, Desert Inn Animal Hospital regularly treats patients referred to us by their family veterinarian. If you believe your cat may be a candidate, speak with your family veterinarian about a referral or contact Desert Inn Animal Hospital for referral information.