Cures for Cats

Feline Hyperthyroidism Treatment Center

Cures for Cats

I-131 therapy cures feline hyperthyroidism

The Innovetive Cures for Cats Thyroid Treatment Center at Animal Emergency & Specialty Center of Knoxville is a premier I-131 therapy center. From the time your cat arrives for I-131 therapy, the healing begins. I-131 therapy is a minimally-invasive procedure that cures cats with hyperthyroidism, often with only one treatment.

If you have questions about feline hyperthyroidism, please call us at 865.693.4440.

Over 95% of cats are cured with one I-131 therapy treatment. Best of all, because I-131 therapy is minimally-invasive it does not require the use of anesthesia or pain management!

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  • Thank you to Animal Emergency & Specialty Center for your excellent care of our cat, Alex. You took great care of Alex during his radioactive iodine treatment.

    Pamela W Cat Owner

Do you have questions?

Give our Knoxville hospital a call: 865.693.4440

Why Choose I-131 Treatment at a Cures for Cats Center?
Cures for Cats Luxury Cat Condos

Luxury Accommodations

During your cat’s short time at our facility, he or she will be treated to a stay in our luxury cat townhouses. We offer exceptional housing for your cat during I-131 therapy treatment to ease your concerns about being away from your cat and to provide the highest level of comfort for our patients.

Cures for Cats Gold Standard Care

Gold Standard Care

I-131 therapy is the gold standard for treating feline hyperthyroidism. By choosing I-131 therapy at the Cures for Cats treatment center at Animal Emergency & Specialty Center, you maximize your cats potential to lead a longer, healthier life.

Cures for Cats Advanced Medical Equipment

Cutting-Edge Medical Treatments

I-131 iodine therapy is a low-risk, minimally-invasive, non-surgical procedure that cures feline hyperthyroidism with an injection of I-131 by one of our trained veterinary specialists. This procedure requires no anesthesia and is virtually pain-free for your cat.

24-Hour Veterinary Care

Veterinarian On-Site 24/7

I-131 iodine therapy is a low-risk, minimally-invasive procedure that cures feline hyperthyroidism. Your cat receives a dose of I-131 via injection by one of our trained veterinary specialists. This is a non-surgical procedure that requires no anesthesia and is virtually pain-free for your cat.

Cures for Cats Board-Certified Veterinary Specialists

Board-Certified Specialists

Our I-131 treatments are administered by experts! All I-131 therapy treatments at Innovetive Cures for Cats Treatment Center at Animal Emergency & Specialty Center are overseen by board-certified veterinary oncologist Dr. Jeff Phillips.

Cures for Cats Feline Hyperthyroidism Treatment Price

Financing Options

I-131 therapy is more economical than other methods of treating and managing feline hyperthyroidism over the long run. We accept payment in the form of cash or credit card, as well as offer finance options. We offer options for financing I-131 therapy to ensure we can serve as many cats as possible.

Transportation to Cures for Cats Center

Transportation Provided

We are more than happy to give our patients a ride from our Chattanooga location to the Cures for Cats Treatment Center at our Knoxville location. Our specialists give your cat the best care available during his or her stay at Animal Emergency & Specialty Center of Knoxville. We then make sure your cat arrives back in Chattanooga, safe, sound, and cured.

Questions? Contact AESC and we’ll be happy to help

What to Expect

Due to the scarcity of I-131 thyroid treatment centers, we serve hyperthyroid cats in Tennessee and beyond. To arrange treatment at the Cures for Cats Thyroid Treatment Center, please complete the I-131 referral form and call our Knoxville hospital to schedule an appointment. The Cures for Cats center for treating feline hyperthyroidism provides beautiful luxury cat condominiums and a quiet room to maximize your cat’s comfort during his or her stay.

New clients: how to schedule

  • Call or have your veterinarian schedule a consultation for your cat
  • Your cat will be assessed in consultation with our specialist
  • The veterinary specialist will discuss a treatment and diagnostic plan.
  • You’ll be given an estimate for treatment.
  • Veterinarians: how to refer

    Please call our referral coordinator to let us know you have a patient in need of treatment at the Cures for Cate Thyroid Treatment Center. Send a referral form and the patient’s record via fax or email or with your client. Thank you for your referral.

    Click here to download the I-131 referral form

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    Dr. DeAnne Fanta at AESC

    Feline Hyperthyroidism

    What do you need to know?

    When your cat has been diagnosed with feline hyperthyroidism it is very important to find a cure as quickly as possible! A cure will give your cat the best chance at living a quality, longer life.

    What is Feline Hyperthyroidism?

    Feline hyperthyroidism afflicts cats later life when the thyroid produces too much of the hormones T3 and T4. Cat’s develop swelling in the neck brought on by tumors in the thyroid. If feline hyperthyroidism is not treated, cats will develop hypertension, high blood pressure, heart disease, organ failure, which ultimately lead to a shortened life.

    For more information, please call us at 865.693.4440

    Signs & Symptoms

    • Weight loss despite a ravenous appetite
    • Hyperactivity
    • Excessive thirst
    • Excessive urination
    • Diarrhea and/or vomiting
    • Heart disease
    • Panting
    • Hypertension
    • Excessive shedding and matting of the hair coat
    • Palpable thyroid masses

    How is Feline Hyperthyroidism Treated?

    Once a cat is diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, the treatment options are:

    I-131 Therapy Treatment for Feline HyperthyroidismRadioiodine Therapy

    Radioiodine (I-131) therapy uses a special medicine made from radioactive iodine to cure your cat of feline hyperthyroidism. This treatment is minimally-invasive and does not require anesthesia or pain management. Your cat is given an injection of medication then stays a few days monitored. This is a one-time expense proven to improve your cat’s lifespan and quality of life.

    Surgical Treatment for Feline HyperthyroidismThyroid Surgery

    Surgery to remove the thyroid comes with the same risks as any surgical procedure. It can also be difficult to remove the offending thyroid without damaging the parathyroid. Surgery also takes requires anesthesia and a reasonable amount of discomfort and aftercare. The cost of surgery is slightly more or the same price as I-131 therapy.

    Diet Treatment for Feline Hyperthyroidismy/d Diet

    Special low-iodine food can help reduce some of the symptoms of feline hyperthyroidism if you can be sure it’s the only thing your cat eats for the rest of his or her life. Making sure your cat only eats y/d diet food can be difficult, especially if you have other cats who eat different food. Cats also tend refuse to eat the food after a period of time. A y/d diet can be expensive and only manages symptoms of feline hyperthyroidism; it is not a permanent solution for relief.

    Oral Medication Treatment for Feline HyperthyroidismDaily Oral Medication

    The medicine Methimazole (brand name Tapazole) is an option for treating your cat. Methimazole comes with the added struggle of convincing your cat to take a pill for the rest of your cat’s life. The cost of monthly medication may seem less expensive, however additional veterinary visits and medical tests are required to manage medications. Medication does not offer a permanent cure for feline hyperthyroidism, only manages the symptoms.

    Average lifetime expense of treating feline hyperthyroidism

    Cures for Cats Feline Hyperthyroidism Treatment Options

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