How we can help

Every case that is referred to us is under the direct supervision of one of our Internal Medicine Specialists who uses cutting edge techniques and expert knowledge to achieve the best possible outcome for your pet. We offer comprehensive consultation and support in the treatment and diagnosis of your pet. 

Radio-iodine Unit

The Small Animal Hospital Radio-iodine Unit at the University of Glasgow was the first in the UK to offer radio-iodine treatment for feline hyperthyroidism and continues to be one of the most active units. Feline hyperthyroidism is a complex condition and we understand it can be worrying and frustrating for owners to go through with their cats, radio-iodine treatment is generally the best treatment for feline hyperthyroidism. Our success rate is 95% on the first injection and, if a second injection is needed, our success rate is 100% on second injection.

When can radio-iodine treatment be used?

We have a very low complication rate for our radio-iodine therapy. Radio-iodine is suitable for most hyperthyroid cats but not all. Cats with other serious diseases who cannot be isolated for 2 to 3 weeks would be liable to further complications. We are able to treat 2 cats a week. We offer a one stop shop service (cats come to us and get the injections in one visit, rather than having to come back weeks later for the injection).

What happens at consultation when my cat is referred for radio-iodine therapy?

An initial consultation will explain treatment options to owners. A blood sample will be taken to check thyroid and kidney status. The dose of I-131 is calculated using the thyroxine results and can then be given after 2 or 3 days acclimatisation and observation, providing the cat has not received any carbimazole (Vidalta) or methimazole (Felimazole or Thyronorm) for at least 2 weeks. The cat will be isolated for 2 to 3 weeks after the injection during which time only minimal handling (cleaning and feeding) will be allowed.

After 14 days the cat is discharged from the hospital. A blood sample is taken for thyroid and kidney measurements. A letter will be sent to your practice at this stage confirming the success of treatment.

What does it cost?

The total estimated cost of this treatment is £2700 - £3500.

What are the benefits?

Average survival is 4 years post injection (compared to an average of 2 years with anti-thyroid drugs).

Requirements for referral

Referral letter from a veterinary surgeon detailing history and clinical signs. A thyroid and renal profile is strongly advised before referral.

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