I-131 Referring Vets
We want to help make the discussion with your client easier, so we created this page to help!
We can provide you with an information packed client brochure and refrigerator magnets, in an attractive display stand for your reception or exam rooms. Clients with newly diagnosed cats have endless questions, so our brochure is optimized to answer most questions, and the personal interaction with our nurses answer the rest. We help by educating your client and scheduling the appointment. We know how busy you are and we are here to help you decide if a hyperthyroidism referral is best for your patient!
Lunch Lectures Now Available in Colorado!
Dr. Lavallee can come to your practice and meet with your team to discuss feline hyperthyroidism. This would be an approximately 60 minute block of time over the lunch hour. Wednesday is our best day, but please contact us about scheduling a specific day/time as we can likely accommodate your hospital if booked a few weeks ahead of time.
Dr. Lavallee will host lunch – you choose either subs or pizza. She will have a PowerPoint presentation, her computer, a projector, and a projector screen (unless you direct us otherwise due to having this already in place at your practice). She will arrive about 15 minutes before the presentation to bring everything in and set up. Everyone can eat while she talks, but the format is very open and question/discussion friendly! The level of the presentation is appropriate for the entire staff: doctors, techs, reception, kennel, etc. We will cover the basics of hyperthyroidism, diagnosis, treatment options, and considerations – plus pearls we have gleaned from treating many of these cats.
GREAT NEWS: this lecture is RACE approved for 1.0 hour of CE credit for both veterinarians and veterinary technicians!
Email Us to schedule!
Frequently Asked Questions
Is a methimazole trial necessary?
No. Putting off definitive therapy negatively impacts your patient, and these cats often have more problems from methimazole control than from the hyperthyroidism. Most heart, liver, kidney, hypertension, GI and metabolic conditions individually have clear treatment goals, but when they occur together these treatment goals become confused. Remove hyperthyroidism from the equation first with radio-iodine and immediately start treating the other conditions. It is important to develop a long term plan for the patient. More on methimazole here. Cats who are IRIS stage I or II (Cr 2.8, please call our doctors to discuss.
Can I just submit my in-house chemistry panel?
Yes, an in-house chemistry panel is okay – it should include ALT, ALP, BUN, Cr, and Phosphorous.
Can I submit my in-house Total T4?
T4 can be run in-house or send out, BUT IT MUST BE AN ABSOLUTE NUMBER, not a >8, >10, >24. In those scenarios, submit a blood sample for dilution to get an actual T4 number. The T4 level is critical to determine dosing for radio-active iodine.
Why a urine specific gravity?
The Urine SpG is important in determining the cat’s true renal function (ability to concentrate). Hyperfiltration due to the increased metabolism in the hyperthyroid cat can falsely decrease BUN/Creatinine blood values.
Why refer to Cat Specialist?
There are a few reasons why we are unique:
- We have 20 years’ experience curing hyperthyroidism at our hospital and we pioneered the 3-day release!
- Our medical staff consults with your medical staff to develop treatment protocols for special needs cats.
- Renal and cardiac compromised cats are treated for hyperthyroidism and their underlying medical conditions. Your clients are counseled on the long-term care needs of their cat.
- Clients and patients are comforted by our cats-only facility.
- Clients appreciate our zero interest, one year payment program.
Our doctors are available to speak with you about any case you are preparing to refer. Our staff has been instructed to give your call priority!