Iodine 131 Therapy -
A Single Injection Of I-131
Can Eliminate Hyperthyroidism.
Cats are admitted each Monday for I-131 therapy. Baseline blood work, chest x-rays, and blood pressure evaluation is needed and can be provided by the referring veterinarian during the week prior to I-131 therapy. Additionally, if a cardiac assessment is needed, this can be done the day of admission into Indianapolis Veterinary Referral, or may also be done by the referring veterinarian the week before I-131 therapy. Methimazole therapy should be stopped at least one week prior to admission. All data collected by the referring veterinarian should be given to the client so that they can bring it with them at the time of referral.
Once the patient is admitted, they are further examined to assure that they are good candidates for the I-131 therapy. Those that are fully qualified are treated on Tuesday, and are maintained in a specially designed radiation containment housing ward in the hospital. The patient's radiation levels are monitored closely until they can be safely released, usually on Friday afternoon or evening.
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At the time of release, although the pets are within the safety guidelines developed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for radiation, owners are instructed on the safe handling of the cat's litter and waste during the following two weeks to minimize any possible radiation exposure to the pet owner from handling waste.
A re-check appointment in 7 to 10 days is required to re-check renal and liver values post therapy. It is recommended that the thyroid value of the patient be re-tested at 30 days post treatment. The re-check appointments may be scheduled at the office of the referring veterinarian, or at Indianapolis Veterinary Referral. We are very pleased to now have the capability to offer this state of the art treatment for feline hyperthyroidism. We are happy to answer any further questions you may have about this treatment. Just call our office at 317-782-4484, or e-mail us at email@example.com.
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