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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.