COMMON QUESTIONS REGARDING RADIOIODINE TREATMENT
In these trying economic times, Radiocat wants to make sure that financial constraints don’t prevent you from treating your hyperthyroid cat with the method preferred by endocrinologists around the world. Therefore, we’re offering an interest-free financing plan to those who need it. You can apply for financing by following this link to CareCredit.
Our treatment plan includes a review of records, x-ray interpretation, I-131 injection, daily monitoring (with as much love and care as we can safely give), feeding and hospitalization. Following discharge, we will stay involved in your cat’s health via direct discussions with you and a review of your cat’s post treatment test results with your referring veterinarian.
Your cat must reach the safe and legal level of radiation release before coming home (which takes 2-3 nights depending on the Radiocat location and is often harder for the owner than for the cat). While we are waiting for the radiation levels to decline, a specially trained Radiocat staff member will care for your cat with continual access to a veterinarian, should the need arise. We’ll make every effort to make our feline guests as happy as possible. We limit their numbers to allow us to spend more time with each one. Our wards are large, airy, bright and comfortable. We can arrange to play special music for your cat, and we have a TV/DVD complete with a library of “Kitty Videos.” Toys and blankets are welcome (but not returnable). We’ll work with you in determining a menu of your cat’s favorite dishes and will take great pride in caring for and loving your pet in your absence. Daily progress reports on your cat are available.
After your cat is released, we ask that you spend two weeks using some basic, common sense safety precautions primarily regarding your cat’s litter box output (we’ll give you detailed written instructions). You would probably receive more radiation from an extended flight or a day at the beach than you’ll get from your pet once it’s released, so your cat does NOT need to be isolated from you, your family or other pets. However, your cat MUST remain indoors. Limiting (not halting) snuggling with your cat and washing your hands after prolonged close contact is recommended. We’ll help you figure out ways to accommodate these small changes in your daily routine. The potential risk to owners is extremely remote as regulations for using I-131 are much stricter for animals than for people, but we recommend pregnant women not participate in the cat’s care during these two weeks. After two weeks, simply return to your normal pet-care and pet-loving routine.
Completely. Over 80,000 successful procedures have already been performed.
Are all cats affected by Hyperthyroidism? Yes, all cats can be affected. Hyperthyroidism affects cats of any age and as young as 2. Radiocat regularly treats cats as old as 20.