Thursday, September 4, 2014

What is Radioiodine Therapy For Pet Cancer?

Recently a friend of ours brought his cat to a vet, who has been diagnosed with cancer in the thyroid. He told me about Radioiodine treatment, and said it's mostly used for cats, but has also been beneficial to dogs. 


What is Radioiodine (I-131) Therapy?
If your pet has an overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroid) OR if he/she has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer, the doctors at Southeast Veterinary Oncology and Internal Medicine (SEVO-Med) may prescribe radioactive iodine (radioiodine) as part of your pets overall treatment.
Radioiodine (I-131) Therapy is a radioactive treatment that when injected into the body is taken up by the thyroid gland. The normal thyroid tissue is relatively "protected" from the effects of the radioiodine because the I-131 is preferentially taken up by abnormal, hyperfunctional tissue. Once the abnormal nodule or tissue is destroyed, the remainder of the thyroid tissue performs normally again.
  • The thyroid gland produces hormones that regulate your pet's metabolism. In order to produce these hormones, the thyroid gland normally utilizes iodine in the diet, found mostly in seafood and salt. Our doctors take advantage of the thyroid tissue's ability to "trap" iodine and use radioiodine to treat overactive thyroid glands (and some types of thyroid cancer). Fortunately, with this treatment, very little radiation exposure occurs to the rest of your pet's body. For more than 50 years, radioiodine has been used in the treatment of human thyroid disease. We have been treating our veterinary patients here at SEVO-Med for five (5) years.

  • Radioiodine (I-131) therapy typically has few side effects. Upon administration, however, side effects may occur when very large doses are given. Such side effects may include irritation of the salivary glands, gastrointestinal tract, or the urinary bladder. We see this irritation in less than 1% of our treatment population. Complications resulting after the treatment will be discussed in a later section of this handout.
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Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

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We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next