A Note From Dr. Coker ~
I am Dr. Coker and I am passionate about cats and cat care. Although I took a few detours to get here, a feline only practice was always that little voice pushing me on and I opened The Cat Doctor in 2007. My mission has always been to improve the health and welfare of cats by practicing good feline medicine standards of practice, education, and doing my best by them.
Feline hyperthyroidism has always been a thorn in my side as the only options I had to offer were pills or surgery. Pilling a cat is not something either of you look forward to, and surgery is well surgery with all the associated risks. I do offer referral to Dallas or Baton Rouge for radio-iodine treatment and I’m usually given the excuses, it’s too far or they can’t take the cat during the week.
Another thorn, is methimazole which doesn’t cure the disease, but only ‘controls’ the signs. The tumor keeps stimulating the thyroid and as practioners we see the kidney damage, heart problems and wasting away that occurs treated and un-treated. This disease is curable with radioactive iodine (I-131), but this protocol requires special boarding, specific training, equipment, and certifications.
I was tired of watching cats not do well on medication because they respond poorly to methimazole in any form or are impossible to treat on a daily basis, so I did the homework and received a Radio-active Materials License to alleviate the morbidity and frustration of this disease.
The Cat Doctor – Hyperthyroid Center is excited to invite you to refer your hyperthyroid patients to ‘cure’ this disease. This is the first Radio-Iodine Therapy Center in the area and will make treatment more accessible for many hyperthyroid patients in the Ark-La-Tex. We offer double wide condos for a comfortable stay with windows and bird TV. Accommodations for weekend admitting and discharge are available.
I hope this is the option you choose for your cat because it is the best option. Radio-Iodine is safe and effective with no physical side effects. “NO MORE PILLS!.”
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