Monty is 12 years old. Dr. Vaughan had been monitoring Monty’s thyroid over the years and identified that he was borderline for hyperthyroidism. After discussing his overall appearance, behavior and appetite, we decided that it made sense to treat him. We were so relieved to know that he would be in good hands at the Feline Hyperthyroid Treatment Center. The entire staff is professional, compassionate, and competent. Thank you to Dr. Vaughan, Teresa and the rest of the staff at FHTC for providing this service and taking such great care of Monty!
Thanks to Dr Faythe Vaughan, and her kind staff in Shoreline and Tacoma for giving us at least 5 extra, good quality, years with our buddy, Rocky! He was a rescue cat to begin with, and his good fortune continues! We highly recommend The Feline Hyperactive Thyroid Center for their extraordinary care and skill. ~~ George, Diane & Rocky K
As a member of an animal rescue organization on Vashon Island (VIPP), as well as being a chronic cat owner, I've had many opportunities to visit the Feline Hyperthyroid Treatment Center. Over the past 30+ years, I've taken scores of cats to Shoreline for definitive treatment. At all times I've found the people there to have that happy combination of professionalism and kindness -- I can recommend their services without reservation. Piro Kramar.
Vashon Island Pet Protectors
Vashon Island, WA
We want to thank you for your extraordinary efforts in looking after our Samson's well being. You took the initiative of a problem we were not aware was even present. We are very, very grateful to all involved in Samson's case. We appreciate the detailed message Dr. Vaughan left on our phone and we personally spoke to Matthew and Teresa by phone--thank you!
Port Townsend, WA
I wanted to drop you and everyone at FHTC a note to let you know that Byron (the PAWS’ kitty FHTC treated pro bono earlier this year) was adopted last month! Even better, he was adopted with another senior, all-black kitty we had in care. Byron is incredibly social with other cats, so we could not have asked for a better outcome for him. Thanks so much to you, Teresa, for walking us through this process, Dr. Vaughan who treated Byron, and Dr. Wackerbarth who approved his treatment. Your generosity truly made all the difference in giving this still very spunky, senior cat a second chance at life. Thank you from everyone at PAWS. Happy holidays!
Three months ago my 13 year old kitty Miss Fanny spent three days in the care of Dr. Vaughan and the staff. Before treatment she had been losing weight, getting more lethargic and her coat was much too dry. She was found to have two tumors on her thyroid. Since her stay there she has improved almost on a daily basis. Coat is better, activity is better, and she's gained back the three pounds she had lost. And last weeks final follow up with my local vet confirmed all her blood/urine tests were back to normal. I am extremely happy that he referred my to your clinic and could not be more pleased with the results. Thanks so much to all of you.
North Bend, WA
Will & Grace found me in 1999 when they were four weeks old. They were born near in a parking lot off Highway 99. They are twins and do everything together. This year they celebrated their 15th birthdays and are thriving in excellent health due to the Feline Hyperthyroid Center for treatment. They both did amazingly well with treatment and continue to live happy lives to torment and love each other. A third family member, Hunter, also had the Hyperthyroid treatment and she thrives at the ripe old age of 13. All three showed remarkable progress immediately: namely, weight gain, and their fur went back to a healthy looking coat....appetites never waivered. It was costly, one treatment was right after I lost a job, but I will tell you it was worth it.
My cat was diagnosed as hyperthyroid when she was 10. We had her treated as soon as she was diagnosed and I was glad it was found early. I didn’t really give the thyroid medication much consideration because she was difficult to pill and knowing radioiodine was a cure made it easy to decide on going that route. My greatest worry wasn’t the medical therapy because I understood that it was non-invasive and easily injected; since she was such a nervous cat, I knew being in a hospital environment would be scary for her. I was relieved this was a cat-only environment---dogs, even just the sound and smell of dogs, terrified her. She was there for two days and I was told she was nervous, but she was eating well and had a privacy curtain. When she got home, she was ‘business as usual’ once she had inspected the house to make sure nothing had changed. I had three other cats at the time so I had a lot of litter to scoop and store, but that was easily kept in a paint bucket in my utility room. Savannah lived until the age of 20. So glad we did the radioiodine therapy and we’ve already treated a second cat we adopted at a later time. He’s doing great as well!
Pox’s Story Does it make sense to treat hyperthyroid in a fourteen-year-old, mostly outdoor cat? That’s what we were asking ourselves in the summer of 2013. Pox let me know his opinion by following me around all summer, talking continually. He plainly said, “I feel lousy; why don’t you do something about this problem?” Eventually I got the message and brought him in for treatment.Pox did not enjoy his ride in the car and hated being confined for 5 days, but soon he was home, lying in the sun, and feeling much better. He ate like a hog for six months and got back up to his natural weight. He continues to enjoy an outdoor lifestyle, with a sheltered sleeping perch and two large meals a day. At fifteen he’s calm, healthy, and holds his own with the other cats. We’re glad he’s still with us.