my cat has recently been to the vet and has hyperthyroidism. herbal or vet medicine?

I have looked online and find alot of good reviews and stories about herbal medicine , but the vet told me that if i went with those that my cat would die. i dont know which to go with

6 thoughts on “my cat has recently been to the vet and has hyperthyroidism. herbal or vet medicine?

  1. Your vet may be talking out of ignorance but I don;t know how and if herbal meds work. I just haven’t heard anyone using it with this condition. I do know that many have success using tapazole which is the vets med. If you can afford it, the best method is the radiation. Once that is done, the problem should be solved.
    It is also time to start feeding higher quality foods

    Nutrition since there are so many bad things out there is very important to your cat’s health
    Contrary to what you may have heard, dry foods are not a great thing to feed a cat.
    Dry foods are the number 1 cause of diabetes in cats as well as being a huge contributing factor to kidney disease, obesity, crystals, u.t.i’s and a host of other problems. Food allergies are very common when feeding dry foods.
    The problems with it are that they are loaded with carbohydrates which many cats (carnivores) cannot process. Most of the moisture a cat needs is gotten
    out of the food and 95% of it is zapped out of dry foods in the processing. Also, most use horrible ingredients and don’t use a muscle meat as the primary ingredient and use vegetable based protein versus animal. Not good for an animal that has to eat meat to survive.
    You want to pick a canned food w/o gravy (gravy=carbs) that uses a muscle meat as the first ingredient and doesn’t have corn at least in the first 3 ingredients if at all. Fancy feast is a middle grade food with 9lives, friskies whiskas lower grade canned and wellness and merrick upper grade human quality foods.Also, dry food is not proven to be better for teeth. Please read about cat nutrition.

  2. one of my cats had hyperthyroidism , vet gave trans-dermal gel applied to ear not very expensive, about $15 to $30 per month, said white cat had 8x higher than normal thyroid hormones


  3. There are really two major approaches. Radiation is one, and if available (and the cost has been coming down) it is pretty well a one time deal, and is very effective. The other is tapazole, which my one cat was on for many years. If you opt for tapazole, you will have periodic thyroid function blood tests to monitor the doses. In any case, you will need the support of a vet for monitoring his condition through blood work.

    (If you have not already guessed, for a medical condition of this type, herbal approaches simply are not the way to go, in my opinion.)

    [And I will take issue with the poster about the dry food. My cats are on dry food for about 95% of their diet, and they live long and healthy lives. There apparently is one report out that is negative on dry food, and it is the basis of many further claims about dry food being bad. But there is something to be said that you often get what you pay for in the way of cat food.]

  4. The thyroid isn’t something to play around with. Once a cat deteriorates past a certain point there’s nothing you can do to save them. Get them on either the pills (I think those are called tapazole) or with a compounded medicine called methamazole. That’s a cream you rub into the ear so it absorbs. My cat has been on that for a year and a half and her thyroid levels are perfect now.

    Going herbal is taking too many chances, the thyroid cascades problems to other parts of the cat, and can quickly kill if it’s not regulated.

  5. The ONLY treatments are surgery, medication or radiation. There are no homeopathic, herbal or Chinese medicine alternatives or dietary approaches for this condition.

    Please don’t “play around” on the internet with this. My cat was recently stabilized on medication and then had radiation several months later.

  6. The gold standard for treating hyperthyroid cats is radioiodine treatment which involves an injection of I131 radioactive iodine. The overactive thyroid cells take up this iodine rendering them unable to overproduce T3/T4 any longer. The downside is the expense (approx $1000 and up).

    The next best treatment is with a drug called methimazole either given orally or applied via gel to inside of ear pinna. The downside is the fact that it must be given daily and you’ll have to have frequent bloodwork done at first to regulate the dose.

    Last choice is thyroid surgery but it comes with its risks.

    I would not fool around with herbal medicine. Not that it doesn’t have its place in medicine, but in this situation it hasn’t been proven effective. Why don’t you ask your vet directly what he/she thinks of the herbals?

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