Shoreline

19203 Aurora Ave N
Shoreline, WA 98133
(206) 546-1243

Tacoma

5506 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98408
(253) 471-9200

Restoring Health & Happiness to Senior Cats Since 1992

Restoring Health & Happiness to Senior Cats Since 1992

The Hospital Stay

How long will my cat be in the hospital?

Once admitted for therapy, your cat cannot be discharged until its radiation exposure rate is at or below the level determined by the state. Cats will remain in the hospital as little as one night and as long as 10 nights. . The average stay is 2-3 nights, but after the consultation, when your cat’s dose has been determined using the lab work and the actual measurement of your cat’s thyroid glands, we will be able to give you an estimated discharge date range based on your cat's dose of 131I. Cats having high thyroid levels or very large thyroid tumors usually require larger iodine doses and therefore may need to remain hospitalized longer.

You must be able to pick up your cat on the day of their release; we do not have space available for boarding beyond the hospital stay. We are open for patient discharge Mon-Fri from 8:00 to 6:00 (until 5:00 p.m at Tacoma location) and Saturdays from 8:00 to 5:00.

My cat does not do well away from home. What do you do to keep cats comfortable?

As a feline-only facility, we are accustomed to catering to feline needs.

  • Since we see only cats, your cat will not be able to smell or see dogs, a common source of feline stress.
  • Your cat is being cared for by doctors and staff that have specifically chosen to work with cats.
  • Our hospital compartments are individually ventilated. All expired air is removed from the building. This decreases odors and stress pheromones as well as decreasing the incidence of infectious respiratory diseases.
  • The nuclear ward is separate from the main hospital making it a "quiet zone".
  • For especially nervous cats, we can provide a privacy curtain.  
  • We can also use Feliway, a feline pheromone, which has a calming affect for most cats.
  • Fresh food and water are available at all times. Please inform us of any likes or dislikes or special dietary needs that your cat may have, so we can make their stay as comfortable as possible.
  • We also offer safe anti-anxiety medications for your cat if needed.

May I visit my cat while it's in the hospital?

No; unfortunately, state regulations do not permit clients in the radiation ward. Toys, blankets, or dishes from home are also not permitted because they would become contaminated and create more radioactive waste to be disposed of.

How will I find out about my cat's condition while in the hospital?

We will call you daily between 9:00 and 10:00 a.m. during your cats’ hospitalization. Of course we will call you to discuss any problems or complications, should they occur.

When my cat is ready to come home, what do I have to do?

During the initial consultation, Dr. Vaughan will provide you with a timeline specifically tailored to your cat.   Always transport your cat home in a carrier in case he/she chooses to urinate/defecate/vomit on the way home. If your cat will be traveling by plane, Dr. Vaughan will inform you at the initial exam when the anticipated discharge day will be. You will need to arrange the courier and the return flight. Charges for airfare and courier service will be taken care of by you.


Testimonials
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;... read more »

Pox
Seattle, 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... read more »

Will,Grace,and Hunter
Edmonds, WA

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... read more »

Savannah
Lynnwood, WA

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