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Default Is it wise to have our cat undergo surgery to remove her thyroid because of her...

This is a great question. It is certainly important to do something to control your cat's hyperthyroid disease: the options include surgery, medical treatment or radioactive iodine treatment. Hopefully your veterinarian has discussed the pros and cons of each option. Surgery is one option and has a couple benefits. One is that most veterinarians can do it and no special facilities are needed. On the negative side, sometimes a cat may need supplementation of medication after surgery and the anesthesia can pose some risks. If your cat has a heart murmur, it is always best to determine the cause of the murmur. In many cases, it could be nothing to worry about but if there are changes in your cat's heart it would be best to have them addressed before surgery. Hyperthyroid disease can also affect the heart. You may want to talk to your veterinarian about the possibility of ultra sounding your cat's heart before he or she operates. That way they can modify anesthesia or treatment of your cat accordingly. Good luck with this.

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