Safe and effective herbal medicine for hyperthyroidism in cats - chosen by holistic veterinarians and at-home healers.
Dear Cat Lover:
A cat's thyroid regulates her metabolism and controls her bodily functions. If she has hyperthyroidism it means one or both of her thyroid glands is producing too much of the hormone thyroxine, or T4.
Though hyperthyroidism can have serious consequences, there are several medical options (both conventional and herbal) for treating the disease and allowing your cat to enjoy a happy life despite her overactive thyroid.
Often, hyperthyroidism is triggered by a benign tumor on the thyroid. Surgically removing part or all of the affected area can offer a permanent solution. Surgery isn't always an easy fix, however. Removing just the right amount of affected tissue can be tricky - removing too much tissue can result in a sluggish thyroid, or hypothyroidism, while being too conservative can mean hyperthyroidism is still a problem.
As well, the thyroid glands are close to the parathyroid glands, which regulate your cat's calcium levels. If damaged, the cat may suffer from the effects of low blood calcium. As with every surgery, there is risk when a cat is given anesthesia, sometimes a risky proposition for older cats with heart, kidney or other health issues that can cause complications.
Methimazole is a tried and true method of managing a cat's hyperthyroidism with medication. Though it won't cure her condition, it is an effective means of managing an overactive thyroid. Most commonly, methimazole is administered in a pill form, usually twice a day. If your cat isn't fond of pilling, the medication is also available as a flavored liquid or chewable tablet. If she still resists any oral medication, your vet may be able to provide a compound of the drug, administered to the hairless portion of the inside of her ear tip. If you go this route, take care to wear gloves when giving your cat her medicine - you can absorb the methimazole as well.
Methimazole isn't particularly expensive, making it a cost-effective, non-invasive way to treat hyperthyroidism. However, it is a forever commitment - your cat will require her medicine for the rest of her life. The vet will need to continue to monitor her T4 levels as well. Occasionally a cat may experience side effects, such as facial itching, loss of appetite, lethargy and vomiting.
Radioactive iodine therapy is the treatment of choice for a hyperthyroid cat. Your cat will have to visit a treatment facility for this specialized cure because of the nature of the therapy. Radioactive iodine is injected and absorbed into the cat's bloodstream. The iodine affects only the abnormal thyroid tissue, leaving other tissues in the cat's body unaffected. The procedure is safe, non-invasive and permanently cures approximately 95 percent of cats receiving the treatment.
The downside, however, is that it must be done in a special facility since radioactive material is involved. A cat receiving this therapy will be away from home for a week or two, until the radioactivity in her urine and feces is at a level safe for humans. As well, this method is expensive and isn't available in all areas. Occasionally the treatment is too effective in depressing T4, and a cat will need supplemental hormone for the rest of her life. The Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine provides additional reading on Feline Hyperthyroidism.
Commercial cat food
Special cat food designed to manage thyroid function is available through veterinarians. The low iodine food may help decrease the amount of T4 your cat's thyroid produces. This is a relatively new approach to managing hyperthyroidism, so there is no data on how effective it is for long-term treatment of the condition. Special diet restrictions may only mean your cat takes a lower dose of methimazole in her daily routine.
Determining the right treatment will depend on your personal preferences and your cat's health. It's important to get your cat's thyroid under control because untreated hyperthyroidism can lead to high blood pressure, increased stress on the heart and a list of other health problems.
Fortunately, the variety of treatment options makes it possible to treat hyperthyroidism in just about any situation. Today the 100% natural, organic herbal medicine for hyperthyroidism in cats that is preferred by more at-home healers, naturopathic physicians and holistic veterinarians is called Primalix ThyroPaws.
Bugleweed lowers thyroid hormone activity and increases iodine absorption and availability.
Motherwort calms rapid heartbeat and helps an overactive thyroid without altering normal thyroid function.
Lemon Balm is an antidote to stress and helps with symptoms of anxiety and sleep disorder.
Rehmannia Root fortifies against the effects of stress; used for treating hormonal disorders including thyroid imbalance.
Give by mouth or add to food:
Kittens and Small Cats (under 5 lbs) 1 dropper twice daily.
Medium cats (6 to 12 lbs) 2 droppers twice daily.
Large cats (over 12 lbs) 3 droppers twice daily.
NOTE: This product is not recommended for pregnant or nursing animals or animals taking diabetes medication (both Rehmannia root and Bugleweed may lower blood-sugar levels. This product together with insulin may cause blood-sugar levels to drop too low). Do not give to animals with under-performing thyroids or animals on thyroid medication. 1 dropper = 1 squeeze of the black bulb (1.0mL) which fills the pipette about half full. Refrigerate after opening.
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