Where can I find info. on Feline Hyperthyroidism? My vet said to check the web, and I haven't had any luck yet. My cat is 12 yrs old and on 10 mg of Tapazole daily since last Oct. She's not gaining weight but hasn't lost any since the diagnosis. The Tapazole is expensive, but my vet charges me $45 per 100 tabs; your cost is higher on this rx. I'd like to read more about this subject. Not sure about surgery or radiation; really cost prohibitive at this point. Please direct me to where I can read up on this. Thanks so much!
The reason it took me so long to respond is b/c i have asked about web sites that can help you get the detail you want about this dz. Well I had no luck so i will go over the key facts about feline hyperthyroidism. This is a very common endocrine dz in cats. 99% of cats with hyperthyroid have functioal adenomatous hyperplasia of the thyroid gland. The gland therefore produces too much thyroid hormone. It usually occurs in cats 4-22 years of age. Common clinical signs include weight loss, good appetite, drinking and urinating more frequently, vomiting, increased activity and diarrhea. If the dz goes untreated consequences include cardiac dz and hypertention. A T4 test usually is diagnostic. Treatment usually is with methimazole (tapazole). This drug inhibits the synthesis of thyroid hormone. Drug treatment is for life. Other forms of treatment are, radioactive iodine and sugical excision of the thyroid. Good luck and I hope I helped a little. Vetcare