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4/28 Update - Peaches was successfully injected with the Iodine and is enjoying bird videos and eating well.

His radioactive level is still high and he is not likely to go home on Wednesday. Hopefully Thursday will bring good news.

Hyperthyroidism can occur in any breed of cat, male or female, but occurs almost exclusively in middle-aged to older animals. Less than 6 percent of cases are younger than 10 years of age; the average age at onset is between 12 and 13 years. Hyperthyroidism is usually caused by a benign tumor called a thyroid adenoma that involves one or both thyroid glands and is the most common glandular disorder in cats. The treatment involves lifelong daily medication and CBC, chemistry and T4 levels need to be rechecked regularly for the remainder of the cat’s life.

Marcie at the age of 81, and Peaches went home with thyroid medication in pill form to be administered twice a day.  For a year Marcie gave Peaches his pills, or thought she did. The pills taste awful. As many of you all know pilling a cat requires some dexterity and perseverance. We suspected that Peaches wasn't really ingesting his medication because when he came to the Vet in March he had lost more than 4 pounds, had stopped eating altogether and was vomiting. 

We authorized blood-work to be performed on Peaches and yep, you guessed it, his T4 values were sky high which indicates that he was not getting his medication.  We spoke in length with Marcie and she is on Social Security and Disability and while she can afford to feed and care for Peaches she agreed that she couldn't give him his pills.  We discussed the situation with our vet and giving the medication in a trans-dermal form to be rubbed in Peaches ear was not an option.  The risk of Marcie absorbing the medication herself was too great and we agreed that she was not capable of performing the task in alternate ears twice a day.

As a shelter we know that there is a small possibility that someone may, down the road, want to adopt Peaches, but he has a home and we would like to give Peaches back to Marcie. Marcie doesn't know it but we are working hard to make it happen.

In order to make this possible for Marcie and Peaches we are asking for your help.  We took a road trip to see our friends at UW Madison only yesterday, Tuesday April 21st and they confirmed that radioactive iodine therapy is the best treatment option. Radioactive iodine, given by injection (usually under the skin), becomes concentrated in the thyroid gland, where it irradiates and destroys the hyper-functioning tissue. 

With this treatment Peaches can go home to Marcie.  UW is always so generous in providing services to ASAP, however even with their support the costs for treatment from start to finish will run about $1500.  This includes blood-work, x-rays, urinalysis (to make sure kidney functions working) and a 3-4 days isolated stay and UW grand hotel, where he will have limited contact with people until the radioactivity has dissipated.

Marcie is committed to Peaches and should the time come when she can no longer share her life with Peaches we will welcome him back.

If you can donate $5 to $10 to help Peaches go home we would really appreciate it.


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