Cat Radiation Therapy for Hyperthyroidism 

At our North Nowra Veterinary Hospital we have the expertise to treat cats diagnosed with hyperthyroidism using radioactive iodine. We are the only veterinary hospital on the NSW South Coast that performs this procedure. Cats are treated in a lead shielded cat cage manufactured by Gammasonics. The cage is made of lead with a lead glass window so cats can be monitored at all times whilst in for treatment. This purpose-built cage removes any chance of radiation exposure to operators.

What is Hyperthyroidism and how is it caused?

Hyperthyroidism is a common endocrine disease where the thyroid gland secretes too much thyroid hormone. In most cases, a benign tumour that grows directly on the thyroid gland causes the excessive amounts of the hormone.
The thyroid hormone is important around the whole body as it regulates many processes. Cats that have too much of the hormone become seriously sick from the symptoms associated with it.

  • Symptoms
  • Weight loss
  • Vomiting
  • Increased drinking
  • Increased appetite
  • Increased urination
  • Change in behaviour – ‘aggressive’
  • Increased activity levels
  • Increase pigmentation on the skin

How is Hyperthyroidism diagnosed?

The clinical signs when your cat presents for a checkup can help diagnose Hyperthyroidism. Your veterinarian can also confirm the diagnosis with blood tests that detect elevated enzymes in the liver and serum thyroid levels in the blood.

As we say to all of our customers, if your cat is showing any of the symptoms above it would be ideal to speak to your veterinarian sooner rather than later.

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As always, I am very confident that both my fur babies will receive the very best of level of care, kindness and compassion when we visit, from reception staff, to the vet nurses, and the vets, they are all thoroughly fantastic! - Linda

I think your practice is brilliant I’ve been with you for about 10 years with various dogs mainly my jack that was put down and you were all beautiful about that made me feel so much better in a very difficult time for us he was 17 years old he was our baby. - Penelope

"Excellent service"

Excellent service from all concerned at Jervis Bay Vet. Reception were very pleasant and kept us informed on our arrival. Anna (our Vet) was so helpful and understanding. One of our dogs is a very difficult customer! And she is so patient and caring! Everything is explained and we leave very happy with our visit. - Julie

"I just love the care I receive for Millie Waterworth even though she hates being there"

- Michelle

"I’m visiting from out of state and my dog got a sore on his face that was weeping badly, after explaining the problem the vet got me in within an hour of contacting them"

- Terry

"We couldn't be happier that our babies are being given the absolute best care"

We have two dogs, one elderly and one a puppy, with unique health needs. We also have three cats, one with a chronic health condition. At Jervis Bay Veterinary Clinic, all our pets get the care they need, and we’re always given detailed, easy-to-understand information regarding their treatment. We couldn't be happier that our babies are being given the absolute best care. Special mention to our usual vet, David, who always looks after our old girl, Brandy, with much patience and gentle care. - Jen

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The entire experience was excellent. We saw Dr. Sam- such a professional who has a lovely manner with my dog and with me, too. - Paul

"Highly recommend Jervis Bay Vet the staff at both Vincentia and North Nowra are wonderful"

- Daniella

"My best respect to all who are part of this team"

These vets, Quentin, David and their team, I cannot speak more highly of their knowledge and care, it is wonderful and you never leave you pet for surgery wondering. They all have a true love of animals. My best respect to all who are part of this team. Well done.

"Visits are never rushed and our dog's checkups are very thorough"

We have always found Quentin, David and staff very pleasant and helpful. Visits are never rushed and our dog's checkups are very thorough. The options for treatment are clearly explained so the best choice can be made. Our dog has the intelligence and strong will that his breed is known for but he is always very happy even excited to go to the North Nowra Veterinary Hospital and that surely is a strong a recommendation as any.

"Everyone is so welcoming and friendly!"

From a  client's perspective, or 'owner of your patient', you have many years brought the "whole package" together in relation to you practice. Everyone is so welcoming and friendly which is great for both human and animal. I have for many years been referring friends, neighbours, acquaintances and clients from our own business to you knowing that they will receive professional care and excellent diagnosis.

"It's all about the little things you get right!"

It's not easy to say specifically which one thing makes for your customer service, as it's all about the little things you get right, such as keeping staff for long periods of time, so we see familiar faces and hear familiar voices on the phone. The fact that a number of people want to stay sends a powerful message that it's a good place to work.

"Thanks for providing a hassle free service and a happy place"

I am pretty impresses when whoever is on the counter manages to call up Xena's details as I'm walking through the door so that by the time I reach the counter it's all up on the screen waiting for whatever has to be done. It's great and really efficient!! Thanks for the hassle free service and a happy place to walk into!

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Every time we visit the vets they always go above and beyond for us. I always feel like they put in so much time for us. They also know how to handle one big wriggly great dane!

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I am so glad I finally found a vet that really understands my anxious dog! All the nurses and vets are always gentle with my dog! Thank you!

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Upon arrival I was very nervous as this was my first time taking my dog to Jervis Bay Vets. I had recently moved away from a hospital I was unhappy with. I could not recommend the Veterinary Clinic enough, the team are like a family and the veterinarian spent quality time with pet addressing the concerns I had. I am very happy.