I-131 Therapy

I-131 Therapy Cures Feline Hyperthyroidism

The Innovetive Cures for Cats Thyroid Treatment Center at Animal Emergency & Specialty Center of Knoxville is a premier I-131 therapy center. From the time your cat arrives for I-131 therapy, the healing begins. I-131 therapy is a minimally-invasive procedure that cures cats with hyperthyroidism, often with only one treatment.

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Over 95% of cats are cured with one I-131 therapy treatment. Best of all, because I-131 therapy is minimally-invasive it does not require the use of anesthesia or pain management!

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Why Choose I-131 Treatment at an Innovetive Cures for Cats Center?

Luxury Accommodations

During your cat’s short stay at Animal Emergency & Specialty Center of Knoxville, he or she will be treated to a stay in our luxury cat townhouses. We know it can be difficult to be away from your cat while they are undergoing treatment. We hope to ease your concerns by offering exceptional housing for your cat while being treated with I-131 therapy.

Gold Standard Care

I-131 therapy is the gold standard for treating feline hyperthyroidism. By choosing I-131, therapy you maximize your cats potential to lead a longer, healthier life.

Cutting-Edge Medical Treatments

I-131 iodine therapy is a low-risk, minimally-invasive procedure that cures feline hyperthyroidism. Your cat receives a dose of I-131 via injection by one of our trained veterinary specialists. This is a non-surgical procedure that requires no anesthesia and is virtually pain-free for your cat.

Veterinarian On-Site 24/7

Our specially-trained veterinarians ensure that your cat receives the best in veterinary care at our facility. A veterinarian will be on-site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to monitor your cat’s progress and to address any problems or issues that may arise.

Board Certified Specialists

Our I-131 treatments are administered by experts! All I-131 therapy treatments at Innovetive Cures for Cats Treatment Center at Animal Emergency & Specialty Center are overseen by Board Certified Veterinary Oncologist Dr. Jeff Phillips.

Financing Options

I-131 therapy is more economical than other methods of treating and managing feline hyperthyroidism over the long run. Although this is the lowest cost for a permanent solution to feline hyperthyroidism, we accept payment in the form of cash or credit card, as well as offer finance options. We offer options for financing I-131 therapy to ensure we can serve as many cats as possible.

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If you have any questions, please contact us at 865.693.4440.

What Do I Need to Know About Feline Hyperthyroidism?

When your cat has been diagnosed with feline hyperthyroidism it is very important to find a cure as quickly as possible! A cure will give your cat the best chance at living a quality, longer life.

What is Feline Hyperthyroidism?

Feline hyperthyroidism afflicts cats later life when the thyroid produces too much of the hormones T3 and T4. Cats develop swelling in the neck brought on by tumors in the thyroid. If feline hyperthyroidism is not treated, cats will develop hypertension, high blood pressure, heart disease, organ failure, which ultimately lead to a shortened life.

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Signs & Symptoms

  • Weight Loss Despite a Ravenous Appetite
  • Hyperactivity
  • Excessive Thirst
  • Excessive Urination
  • Diarrhea and/or Vomiting
  • Heart Disease
  • Panting
  • Hypertension
  • Excessive Shedding and Matting of the Hair Coat
  • Palpable Thyroid Masses

How is Feline Hyperthyroidism Treated?

Once a cat is diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, the treatment options are:

I-131 Therapy

I-131 therapy uses a special medicine made from radioactive iodine to cure your cat of feline hyperthyroidism. This treatment is minimally-invasive and does not require anesthesia or pain management. Your cat is given an injection of medication then stays a few days monitored. This is a one-time expense proven to improve your cat’s lifespan and quality of life.

y/d Diet

Special low-iodine food can help reduce some of the symptoms of feline hyperthyroidism if you can be sure it’s the only thing your cat eats for the rest of his or her life. Making sure your cat only eats y/d diet food can be difficult, especially if you have other cats who eat different food. Cats also tend refuse to eat the food after a period of time. A y/d diet can be expensive and only manages symptoms of feline hyperthyroidism; it is not a permanent solution for relief.

Thyroid Surgery

Surgery to remove the thyroid comes with the same risks as any surgical procedure. It can also be difficult to remove the offending thyroid without damaging the parathyroid. Surgery also takes requires anesthesia and a reasonable amount of discomfort and aftercare. The cost of surgery is slightly more or the same price as I-131 therapy.

Daily Oral Medication

The medicine Methimazole (brand name Tapazole) is an option for treating your cat. Methimazole comes with the added struggle of convincing your cat to take a pill for the rest of your cat’s life. The cost of monthly medication may seem less expensive, however additional veterinary visits and medical tests are required to manage medications. Medication does not offer a permanent cure for feline hyperthyroidism, only manages the symptoms.

Average Lifetime Expense of Treating Feline Hyperthyroidism

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