Friday, July 31, 2009
~ Sprocket at Advanced Veterinary Medical Imaging
As some of you may know, Sprocket was recently diagnosed with feline hyperthyroid. He has a benign tumor on his thyroid gland, located in his neck/throat area. If left untreated, the resulting symptoms (added stress load on the heart that's beating much faster, kidneys, etc.) will kill him.
There have been exceptional advances in recent years treating this illness with radiation. What happens is, an injection of radioactive iodine is injected into the kitty's rear leg. Since iodine is only utilized by the thyroid gland the radioactive iodine targets the tumor. The tumor shrinks and the thyroid goes back to performing like a normal thyroid. No further treatment is needed.
When I came home from attending the Cameron Brown trial yesterday, I got an email from the vet with the photo and caption.
You can watch Sprocket at the clinic on the web cam from 8 am to 8 pm Pacific Time. Here is the link to watch. To access his little cubby web cam, type in all lower case: