Please contact the Nuclear Medicine Service if you have any questions: 970-297-4447
The treatment of hyperthyroidism has many factors and there are medical considerations that may be unique to your pet. At CSU, we only accept I-131 patients that have consulted with and been referred for treatment by the Internal Medicine Service.
Prior to I-131 treatment, the Internal Medicine specialist may recommend additional diagnostic tests and diet or medication changes that are specific for your pet.
Typically, your hyperthyroid pet will be evaluated and admitted on a Monday and a nuclear medicine thyroid scan will be performed later that day to assess for involvement of one or both thyroid lobes, nature of the thyroid changes, presence of ectopic thyroid tissue, and the rare possibility of thyroid carcinoma. On Tuesday morning, the radioiodine treatment will be given. Your pet will stay hospitalized until the end of the week. Although the majority of treated animals can go home Friday afternoon, occasionally a pet will have to remain in the hospital through the weekend so that the levels of radiation in their body has decreased sufficiently for release. While your pet is undergoing therapy, it will stay in a special radiotherapy hospital ward and be cared for by our staff.
There are additional considerations for dogs. The length of hospitalization for dogs having this treatment is longer than for cats, and depends upon a number of factors. I-131 or alternative treatments for your dog will be discussed with you in greater detail by your CSU veterinarians.
Please contact the Small Animal Internal Medicine Service (970-297-5000) or Nuclear Medicine Service (970-297-4447) at any time. We are happy to answer questions and assist you.
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