Feline hyperthyroid disease is very common in cats over the age of ten years old. We think some of the causes may be excess iodine levels in the commercial food, excess halogenation (Bromine, or bromide, Flouride, Chloride from water and flame retardants) which competitively bumps iodine off receptors in the thyroid gland, excess heavy metals in food and environment, excess heavy metals in vaccinations and possibly sensitivity to electromagnetism. It is an auto-immune condition just like hypothyroidism is in dogs.
Treatments is essential because the disease gets worse over time causing weight loss, heart problems, vomiting and liver problems. It is not nice to see a kitty waste away with hyperthyroidism.
At the moment, even among holistic veterinarians, standard treatment may involve radioactive iodine or methimazole (chemotherapy) and may have negative effects on the kidneys. Holistic treatments including homeopathy, diet changes and herbs to control Liver and Kidney Yin deficiency but have limited effects. Just recently I have used herbal therapies more successfully and wanted to share one of my cases. I took training in human thyroid diseases by Restorative Medicine, a group of naturopaths and medical doctors where we discussed the use of concentrated herbal therapies to treat the condition without side effects.
Bettie is a sixteen year old kitty who could not tolerate the chemotherapy even though it was only applied topically to the ear and considered safer than pills. She lost her appetite on the medications and was already 1.5 lbs lighter than just a few months ago weighing only 6.5 lbs. Here is her photo before the therapy:
After pilling her with a combination of herbal therapies custom made for her once a day for eight weeks, here she is again with her thyroid condition in remission. Please note: no diet changes or other changes occurred during that time but her weight increased to normal, 8.0 lbs and her T4 is now 1.1. We reduced her herbs to every other day.