Our vet david grant works his an­i­mal magic

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QOur 10-year-old cat is los­ing weight de­spite a good ap­petite. Our vet sus­pects an over­ac­tive thy­roid gland and has taken blood tests. Do you agree ra­dioac­tive treat­ment will be the best op­tion?

AHYPERTHYROIDISM is the most com­mon fe­line hor­monal prob­lem af­fect­ing one in 10 older cats. The usual signs are a rac­ing heart­beat, be­com­ing grumpy and be­ing hun­gry and thirsty.

Often en­larged glands can be felt in the neck but not al­ways. Blood tests will di­ag­nose hy­per­thy­roidism and it is often ad­vised to check for liver and kid­ney dis­ease as well.

Ra­dioac­tive treat­ment is highly ef­fec­tive, cur­ing 95 per cent of cases with a sin­gle treat­ment. There are more than a dozen spe­cial­ist UK cen­tres of­fer­ing this.

It is ex­pen­sive but other treat­ments need life-long mon­i­tor­ing and may end up cost­ing the same. Sur­gi­cal re­moval of the glands is ef­fec­tive in some, although there is a pos­si­bil­ity of re­cur­rence.

Daily tablets con­trol it but are tricky to give and not a last­ing cure.

David Grant MBE was a vet at the RSPCA Harmsworth Hos­pi­tal for An­i­mals. Write to him at Ex­press Your­self, 10 Lower Thames Street, Lon­don EC3R 6EN. He is un­able to en­ter into in­di­vid­ual cor­re­spon­dence.

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