Augusts Cat of the Month Winner is Eric
Eric is a sensitive soul who can be very scared when he sees the purple people so he had some pre-visit medication to help him feel calmer which did the trick nicely!
He was easily won over with treats from the pocket of appeasement and nearly cleaned us out of lickelix!
During his routine examination for his yearly booster, vet, Claire, felt a suspicious lump around his thyroid area on his neck.
As we know, older cats are prone to several silent health issues and hyperthyroidism is on that list.
Hyperthyroidism is a disease that causes the thyroid to push out more of the hormone thyroxine which is responsible for controlling the metabolism. This can cause the cat to become ravenously hungry but lose weight. They can also become more short-tempered but luckily as Eric had some of the calming medication he was just hungry.
We took some bloods to check his overall health and added a test to confirm a diagnosis of hyperthyroidism and started him on medicine to help reduce the amount of thyroxine coming from the thyroid.
There are a few ways to treat hyperthyroidism. One is to use medication daily for the rest of the cat’s life and keep monitoring the thyroxine levels regularly to make sure everything is within normal limits.
Another way is to use radioactive iodine treatment to target the thyroid cells and kill them off, so they stop going mad. This has to be done at a specialist centre, so a referral is the only way to go for this option.
Another option is to surgically remove the thyroid which is what Eric had done.
Thankfully, he only needed one side removed as the risks increase if both side need doing. The thyroid gland sits near another teeny tiny gland called the parathyroid which gets very cross if you tickle it in the wrong way and can cause problems involving calcium levels in the body.
Eric’s operation went very well ,and he went home the same day, hopefully feeling much better now the thyroid isn’t causing any more mischief.