~ MCJ

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Posted on 03/16/2016


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Josie has Hyperthyroidism

Josie has Hyperthyroidism
Josie has hyperthyroidism.
Her kidneys are fine, in fact her Urea was a touch low.
Also her potassium was a touch low.
Everything else was fine.
It is caused by a tumour on the thyroid.

That's why she steals food and breaks into the oven.
But the mystery is she is overweight...she should be very thin with hyperthyroidism. (She did drop suddenly a bit of weight a few weeks ago)
Her TT4 measured 87. It should be betweem 10-60.
This is the reason she drinks so much.

My poor little girl. The local vet recommends a treatment called "RADIOACTIVE IODINE THERAPY". One treatment cures 95% of cases.

It is very expensive. I have to ring tomorrow to find out how much it costs.

Another option is surgery but it is very close to the parathyroid gland, and if he damages that, she will die, so he is reluctant to remove the tumour. And this operation would be expensive too.

And the final option of treatment is tablets, for life. It does not cure the problem and you will always be giving her blood tests to get the levels right and she will be on medication for life. Her blood pressure will always have to be watched monthly.

I'm not in a position to easily give her what she needs. And I have to make a decision soon.

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Edward Bowthorpe
Edward Bowthorpe
Hi Dianne,i do hope that Josie will be okay,i will be thinking of you both,eddie,xxx
2 years ago.
~ MCJ has replied to Edward Bowthorpe
Thanks a lot Eddie...she's doing ok at the moment on herbs for her thyroid. I will test her again in a few weeks and see if the herbs have helped.
2 years ago.
Fizgig
Fizgig
Poor baby.... My mom just put Snowball down due to oral cancer =( Sometimes quality of life outweighs quantity of life. It's just difficult to make the choice =(
2 years ago.
~ MCJ has replied to Fizgig
I'm sorry to read about Snowball. Poor little thing. I agree that quality outweighs quantity. It's always a difficult choice...but cancer is awful.
2 years ago.
Fizgig has replied to ~ MCJ
Yeah, it is awful... The cat was put down within days of diagnosis. She was no longer eating & was in obvious pain. At least she didn't suffer long -- she got sick three weeks ago with what appeared to be a cold, two weeks into that she had to go to the vet 'cause her symptoms weren't getting better & was diagnosed with an infection, a week later two of her teeth were found to be in need of removal, two days after that surgery she was diagnosed with oral cancer and 5 days later she was put to sleep.... But at least she had a happy life to that point and that "cold" was her one and only illness in her 8 or so years of life.

Hopefully you won't have to deal with that type of decision any time soon for Josie =( But if you do, know that she's had many good years with you.....
2 years ago.
~ MCJ has replied to Fizgig
Oh how sad. What a rough time for your mum and Snowball. You've got me worried now, Matilda's just had teeth surgery on Thu, and she was eating that night she came home, and Friday, but Saturday morning, she ate half her breakfast, and then refused to eat that night. I syringe fed her and also Sunday morning but she threw up and threw up again and then had diarreah, but her poo was fine Sunday morning....One of her bottom canines looked fine but when the vet was cleaning along the gum he found the root was hooking the instrument, so he investigated and had to remove it as he found the root was rotten...shes been in terrible pain under her jaw, it was her bottom canine...but this not eating and vomiting has me worried...she's active as I write, I'm hoping she'll eat soon, or else tomorrow I'll have to try and contact her vet if his surgery is open. I dont understand why animals get cancer, it must be our water...on flickr, Wes who runs "All cat no people" group has had a cat live to 29, 28 and I think he has one now living at 27. He says all his water is purified. They put fluroide in our water. I've heard of outdoor cats that have lived to 30 from a neighbour....they drink the rainwater...
2 years ago.
Fizgig has replied to ~ MCJ
I think cancer in animals is just like cancer in people.... Trying to find a rhyme or reason will make you go mad. It's just an indiscriminate killer in both animals and people. Could be the water, the air, food... Who knows. Nothing can live forever, though, and something has to ensure some semblance of balance in populations. Surely our human activities have upped the rates of many diseases, though... We feel the need to replace everything natural with chemicals 'cause, by golly, it makes life "easier" for us damn the consequences. And these days there is nothing free of unnatural pollutants -- even water filters which remove pollutants use chemicals to do so and do leach a certain amt. of those chemicals back into our "purified" water. Rain water is right up there with some of the most polluted on earth 'cause is comes down with all the pollutants us humans have put into the atmosphere -- and our food supply soaking it all in ensures Karma comes back to bite us.

Some cats/pets just live longer than others. We've had most of ours live more than 10 years --with Mittens & Tiger throwing the curve by living to 18 & 16 yrs. respectively. The life expectancy for indoor cats is between 10-15.... I don't think living to 25+ years is normal and the cats I have seen live that long are generally in bad shape & suffering (most will have constant pain from arthritis, especially). Of course, there are always exceptions to the norm. But the truth is we will never know why one cats lives decades longer than the norm and why others die by the age of ten. Just like people, I guess..... Why does cancer claim a 5 yr. old, while another person lives to be 102 and just dies peacefully in their sleep?
2 years ago.
~ MCJ
~ MCJ
Thank You Fizgig. I agree totally and feel the same sentiment with all you say in your first paragraph. I always wanted my cats to live to 20...it's just an expectation for me to feel that life hasn't cheated them. I guess it's unrealistic (with them being poisoned I have no idea how that's affected their life span) but I always hoped for that because it's possible. My sister's cats and my bro's cat lived to 19 and 20.
2 years ago.