I-131: Radioiodine Treatment

NOTICE (last updated July 2018): In December 2017 the VEC was informed that the supplier for radioactive iodine had been forced to temporarily stop production by their regulatory body. At this time the product is now available and we are in the process or preparing to relaunch the program Рwe expect this will take place in the fall of 2018.

RDVMs please note that at this time we have a 2-3 month wait list of patients for the program once it is re-initiated.

Radioiodine therapy is a safe and effective non-invasive treatment method for hyperthyroidism in cats whereby a single dose of radioactive iodine is injected subcutaneously in order to kill the abnormal thyroid tissue associated with the disorder.

Prior to undergoing radioactive therapy, patients are thoroughly examined in order confirm the diagnosis and to rule out any other medical conditions. Cats receiving I-131 will remain in the hospital for up to 1 week until radioactivity drops to an acceptable level.

Radioiodine treatment is overseen by Dr. Aleksandra Milaszewska and patients are cared for by registered veterinary technicians who have been specially trained in the area of radiation safety, as well as a designated radiation safety officer.

The VEC’s radioactive iodine unit has been in operation for several years, during which time we have successfully treated hundreds cats. Very rarely, a cat will require re-treatment, and if this is the case we will do so at no additional charge to the client.