Feline Radioactive Thyroid (I-131) Treatment

Treatment with Radioactive Iodine (I-131) for cats with hyperthyroidism is as easy as one injection (just like receiving a routine vaccine.) I-131 is safe and effective with a short, few day stay in our facility.

I-131 hyperthyroid treatment is absorbed quickly into your cat's bloodstream and his or her diseased thyroid tissue. Once the iodine is in the thyroid, it destroys the overactive portions of the thyroid gland without damaging healthy tissue.

If your cat needs treatment for hyperthyroidism, your regular veterinarian can help.


How do I refer a client for radioactive iodine treatment?
Referrals can be handled via either fax or phone. In both cases, the referral form will need to be completed prior to scheduling the appointment. Please give us a call at 919-847-5533 or fax the referral form to 919-847-9363. Once we have the referral form, we will contact the client to set up the treatment.

When are treatments performed?
Radioactive Iodine treatments will be performed on Tuesday mornings. Owners will be asked to attend a 30-minute information session the morning of treatment so that we can outline home care, follow-up recommendations and address their concerns. Most cats will be ready for release on the Thursday afternoon.

Our current office hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 7:30am to 6:00pm, Tuesday and Thursday 7:30am-8:00pm and Saturday 7:30am-1:00pm.

How soon can I schedule an appointment?
Please call us for specific scheduling information. Often times, we are able to schedule treatments for the next treatment Tuesday.

Will you send my patients back for regular medical care?
ABSOLUTELY! In fact, we will not accept the patients referred to our clinic for regular medical care. We will make recommendations for follow-up lab panels to be completed at your hospital. We know that we can offer a convenient service, quality care, and excellent customer service to your clients and patients.

What is your financial policy?
We will require a deposit of $500 at the time the appointment is scheduled. Payment of the remainder of the invoice is due the morning of check-in prior to treatment. We accept cash, MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover and Care Credit. We are able to process Care Credit applications for clients that are interested or they can apply online prior to their visit at www.carecredit.com. Please instruct care credit applicants to search under Veterinary and the zip code of 27614.

What information will I receive after the treatment?
Clients will receive instructions for the care of their cat at the time of check in and discharge. We will also fax this information to you within 24 hours to ensure that you have all of the information that you need for the medical record. It is recommended that follow-up care be performed by the referring veterinarian to maintain consistency
with your practice, but we are certainly available if needed for questions.

What is the fee for the I131 Treatment?
The fee for treatment is $1,195.25 for therapy and two nights in the hyperthyroid treatment suite. There is a fee of $75 per night for each additional night if required. Most cats will be released in two days.

Who do I call if I have additional questions?
Feel free to call us any time with questions. While we will be able to answer to majority of questions immediately, we may need to return your call after discussing the case in question with Dr. Allen.