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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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Please help, my cat was put on thyroid tablets but had a terrible

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Please help, my cat was put on thyroid tablets but had a terrible reaction to them and clawed her face and ears raw. We've taken her off the tablets but we've been told that the only other option is medicated food, which she refuses to eat. Her symptoms are returning since she is not on any medication and she is pooing on the carpet rather than her litter tray, she is obviously distressed. Please tell me if there is anything else that can be done for her, she's a very sorry soul at the moment and it's heartbreaking to see her like it...
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I understand how difficult this is for you at this time. Such a reaction to methimazole and her reluctance to eat the Hill's y/d leaves us with just two possible avenues to pursue. The best avenue is radioactive iodine therapy. It's curative but pricey. The other avenue is surgical resection of the thyroid glands which should be performed by a specialist veterinary surgeon who is best equipped to avoid removing Maggie's parathyroid glands along with her thyroids glands. The inadvertent removal of the parathyroids leaves my patient with the need for the lifelong need for regulation of their calcium and phosphorus levels which can be a daunting task.

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