The y/d controls my thyroid by restricting my iodine intake. IMPORTANT
Because iodine intake from other food sources -- treats, another pet's food, etc. -- can compromise the effectiveness of low-iodine nutrition, it's critical that you follow your veterinarian's feeding instructions carefully and feed only y/d.
So no I can't have anything but my y/d food.
There are other treatments for hyperthyroidism. First I want to tell you the sings of hyperthyroidism because it is increasingly common in older cats.
- Weight loss
- Usually a good or increased appetite (polyphagia)
- Increased thirst (polydipsia)
- Increased activity, restlessness or irritability
- An increased heart rate (tachycardia)
- A poor and unkempt hair coat
The most commonly used and effective anti-thyroid drugs belong to a group known as thioamides. When I was first diagnosed I took methimazole and it worked great. Alas I stopped eating and they discovered my bone marrow was suppressed. This is a VERY RARE side effect. I can no longer take the medicine. I wants to try to explain they don't know that the medicine caused the bone marrow suppression, because the biopsy of the the bone marrow showed I has Feline Lekumia. But I was very ill so they don't want to risk me taking the medicine again.
Surgical thyroidectomy- they don't do this anymore.
Radioactive iodine therapy - I might have this. It would be $1,200 and I would have to go to Louisianan to have it done @ LSU. I would be in isolation and away from Mom & Dad.
The radioactive iodine is administered as a single injection, usually simply given under the skin. The iodine is taken up by the active (abnormal) thyroid tissue, but not by any other tissues, resulting in a selective local accumulation of radioactive material in the abnormal tissues. The radiation destroys the affected abnormal thyroid tissue, but does not damage surrounding tissues or the parathyroid glands.
There are no significant side-effects with this treatment, but because cats are temporarily radioactive they have to be kept hospitalised for a short period after treatment as a precaution. Unfortunately, because this treatment requires handling of radioactive drugs it is also only available at certain centres.
A single injection of radioactive iodine is curative in around 95 per cent of all hyperthyroid cats, but following treatment occasional blood tests are recommended to ensure normal thyroid hormone levels are being maintained.
The treatment option we are using right now is Dietary treatment and is relatively NEW. The plan is to keep me on the y/d diet until I am off the steroid I am taking. Once I am off it we will evaluate how well the y/d diet is controlling my hyperthyroidism and decide if I want to pursue the radioactive iodine therapy or stick with the y/d diet.
Hopes I wasn't too boring. Socks reporting for ATCAD