Sunday, May 29, 2011

Flu Treatment

Flu Treatment
Flu Treatment

Flu Treatment

Flu Treatment


Avalon has been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism this weekend. If you have experience with this, I'd love to have your advice on alternative treatments, causes, things to avoid, etc. I'm planning on keeping this wonderful feline for at least another ten years, so all help is welcome ;-)

98 comments:

Flock O' Fuzzies said...

Life always seems to work that way, doesn't it?

Nose Pierced Beauty said...

Yep, that's totally life. Enjoyed this, Avalon!

meowmeowmans said...

Good logic, Avalon. Sorry it didn't work out as planned, though...

catfromhell said...

Avalon! Yous makes me laugh!!
Kisses
Nellie

Roo said...

Just desserts I'm thinkin my feline furiend ;)

Waggin at your naughty tail,
Roo

Ariel said...

LOL...LOVE IT :)

Casey @ Yes They're All Mine said...

LOL...I found you through Mom MOnday blog hop and am now your newest follower. You can find me at http://yestheyrallmine.com I Hope you have a good day

Anonymous said...

There are 3 different treatments for cats; *medication - life long with 20% risk for side effects like fatigue, nausea and anorexia.
*surgery (always a risk to sedate when an older cat and hyperthyreodism is often giving the cat higher bloodpreasure and a weaker heart).
*Iodine tratment - a curable treatment with radioactive iodine is injected into the bloodstream. Both surgery and iodine is more expensive than pills, but less side effets and curable treatments. If it was one of my cats I would choose the radioactive iodine.... but I'm an nurse specialized in oncology and radiotherapy so those things do not scare me. I know how it works and what it'll do. :-)
Surgery is much more invasive.

Anonymous said...

Hello Avalon, I highly recommend Moxxor (http://www.MoxxArt.com) for hyper or hypothyroidism as it is anti-inflammatory and antioxidant (it has the grape seed husk extract in it and kiwifruit seed oil as well) so there is no need for the gogi, acai, etc. Switch him to my homemade raw meat and raw bone diet on my website and also in my newest book http://www.CelestialPets.com/

Anonymous said...

Also you can add for the thyroid condition some virgin coconut oil (one tbsp) per pound of raw (pasture raised grass fed meat or free range ground chicken or turkey) Add some tinned organic sardines in tomato sauce not oil to the mixture fo...r flavor and additional omega 3. Give him one Moxxor per day...if your're vet doesn't understand the value of Moxxor get a new vet as this is state of the art...the first expert on the website speaking is a vet (Matt Wheaton) and this omega 3 source is needed for all inflammatory processes including thyroid conditions...everything begins with free radicals hence the antioxidants in the product to not only preserve the cold extracted/organic greenlip mussels but to give it that antioxidant boost..it blows away acai, gogi, mangosteen and pomegranate...some of our biggest advocates for the product are vets and MD's. You and your vet should join our animal advocate team that I have created as Moxxor distributors...for $50 per year why not? I only care about being of service and value to all living things and Moxxor is my way of doing this as you will never find a purer more potent product and a more green, ethical, spiritual, and charitable company than Moxxor. Also the greenlip mussel is a vegetarian phytoplankton eating wild aqua-farmed bi-valve mollusk which only comes from the Marlborough Sounds region of NZ and is 100% sustainable. I am so tired of the big fish oil perveyors raping our oceans of its fish which are for the most part carnivore fish contaminated by mercurty but still they disrupt the ecology by the fishing boats blasting their petroleum exhaust in the lungs of our fish...krill is the worst as it depletes the whales natural diet..I could go on and on....

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't touch radioactive iodine with a 10 ft pole...the only iodine I recommend, take myself as it is great for people and pets is Nascent Iodine and here is where I get mine..I can't comment on the drugs you are using as you know I can...not give medical advice per se...but suffice it to say that for every drug action there is a negative reaction...they don't heal they simply palliate...they treat the symptom not the cause...here is the link to my Nascent iodine friends in about a cup of purified water put 1 drop and refresh that bowl 2 x daily. Your kitty needs to eat my recipe perhaps 3 times daily...in my opinion vaccines cause hyperthyroidism. There are homeopathic thyroid remedies also as well as some glandulars from Standard Process...I hope you have a holistic vet. In any event Moxxor does not have any interactions with drugs as it is really a whole food supplement and the body (human and animal) thrives on it. So glad you have my book...xxoo Buy a copy for the vet and lets help him to help more animals!
http://www.magneticclay.com/174.html

Anonymous said...

I was also interested in rather than just the diagnosis of hyperthyroidism..what are her actual symptoms. We want very much to nourish her thyroid and make it function normally again. There is an epidemic in cats and has been since aggressi...ve vaccination and commercial pet food came into being in the 60's...it was non existent in my 11 generation holistic breeding program...the way to a cure is not with more of the same....harsh treatments like radioactive iodine and surgery...let's look at her symptoms and quality of life right now before anything so aggressive is considered.

Amy said...

Hey

So cute, loving your blog.

Amy@adumberations (new follower)

http://amysadumbrations.blogspot.com/2011_05_01_archive.html

Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

so glad that others with some experience with hyperthyroidism are helping. Sorry I don't know anything about it :(

Purrs and prayers!

Kitikata-san said...

I don't know what that is. Meow. Sorry.

Anonymous said...

Im a new follower from the blog hop
Im in the Uk but also love cats lol
please visit me anytime
www.jollyjillys.blogspot.com

ExJW33 said...

I love it! Ha, ha, ha! Sometimes the same actions do get different results. Hi, I'm here from the Train blog hop and I'm your newest follower. Hope you'll come visit and follow me too. I'd like being blogging friends. Thanks!

Annabeaninc said...

I love cats...and this blog about one haha

AnnaBean is now a follower from the Tuesday Blog Hop. I'd love if you followed back as well!

http://blog.annabean.com/

Denise McD said...

I LOVE THIS!!! great to find other pet mommies! I found you over at the blog hop hope you can follow me back and stick around there will be a giveaway all weekend for my birthday bash weekend!!!

http://mommy2nanny3doggy1.blogspot.com/

jdm2551 said...

Found you on the Tuesday Blog Hop. Come visit me please :)
http://green-mama-jama.blogspot.com/
~Jessica

MommyDigger.com said...

Love this!

I'm a new follower from the Totally Tuesday Blog Hop! Please stop on by and follow me at http://www.mommydigger.com and say hello :)

SondraMama said...

new follower ! found you on tuesday blog hops!
http://mamaspassions.blogspot.com/2011/05/blog-hop-tuesday.html

Anonymous said...

Many times changing a hyperthyroid cat's diet to an all-natural, or raw, diet helps to reduce thyroid production. Most commercially prepared cat foods contain chemicals that will irritate the thyroid gland and cause overproduction of the thyroid hormone.

Vitamin supplements are another consideration. Many aspects of holistic medicine rely heavily on using vitamin and mineral supplements to aid the body in healing itself. Some supplements that have been shown to help soothe the thyroid gland are CoQ-10 and l-carnitine.

Herbs are another great way to soothe an irritated thyroid gland. Gotu Kola and Siberian Ginseng have both been shown to have positive effects on hyperthyroidism.

Anne said...

Poor Avalon. :(

Susanmeep said...

I am a follower. thanks for following back.

Elizabeth said...

Following back from the hop. Cute cartoons.

E

Laura Lowe said...

Thanks for following me at Everything Beautiful In Its Time - I'm following back! Sorry to hear about your cat. I lost one about 2 years ago after several years with hyperthyroidism. We had a medication compounded that we rubbed in her ear, but it only helped a little. I think we were the exception rather than the rule, though. Talk with your vet.

lorialcorn2006 said...

LoL love your blog and am now folloowing you back :)

Daisy said...

Haha, this was funny! Thanks for the follow, now following you back.

TracePoo said...

What a fun blog! I'm glad you found my blog... which led me to find yours! I'm sorry about Avalon but I'm sure you'll find a great way to help your cutie.

TracePoo
http://www.amauimommy.com

Nancy StylenDecorDeals said...

Very cute! Enjoy your blog!

Scather said...

Cute cartoon! Thank you for following scathingweekly.blogspot.com in the hop! I hope you enjoy Scathing Weekly - the spot for scathing book reviews. I'm now following you back :)

dangeroussinglemom said...

Hey Avalon...as a super cat lover, I'm so happy you dropped by my blog! It's not a very exciting place so it's always nice to get a visit :D

Marice said...

following u from SPF! Feel free to visit me here:
Life Can't Wait and Up Now and What's Next

Shellsea said...

Hi, I'm stopping by from Social Parade - I am a new follower and would love a follow back. :)
-Shellsea

Love, Shellsea Blog

Amy said...

Hi there, new follower here! Love your blog! :)

Loren Chase said...

This made me lol! I love it! Thanks for stopping by! New follower ;)

~Loren
My FF

Ashley said...

These are so good! Love it! Thanks for stopping by! I'm your newest follower!

Mike K said...

I found your blog off of Pet Blogs United and have to admit I am a little overwhelmed at the quality and quantity of the offering.
I have recently started a blog devoted to pets. It is a little different in that what I do is search daily through 30 to 40 on line publications to find interesting articles related to pets in several areas. I try to post at least 6 to 8 per day with a description of the article and link to it. If you visit the site you will see a several day sampling of it and a statement at http://www.bestpetblog.blogspot.com he beginning of what I hope to do. If you would care to look and let me know I would be honored.
Thank You

Whispering Peace said...

I'm your newest follower from the blog hop. Have a great weekend :)

Would love a follow back if you have time :)

http://gooeyhandsnmomscrafts.blogspot.com/2011/04/wednesday-hops.html

http://whisperedthoughtsbookreviews.blogspot.com/2011/04/blog-hop-question.html

Camille said...

Good luck with your cat- I hope all goes well!
I am your newest follower and would love to have you follow back!
Camille @
SixSistersStuff.blogspot.com

Fraidy Cats said...

Avalon, you got a bum deal there! We would've given you the chicken:)

We don't have any advice or experience with hyperthyroidism - you'll be in our purrs, Avalon.

Pip, Smidgen, Minnie, and Hollie

Yvonne said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love yours and I'm now a follower! Have a great weekend!

Deb Chitwood said...

What a great blog! Of course, I'm a cat lover, too. I don't know about hyperthyroidism in cats, but I hope you find a good treatment. I'm your newest follower! Deb @ RaisingFigureSkaters.com

Ixy said...

This would totally be the logic of our youngest cat - he'll scheme anything for treats, haha!

Thanks for visiting my blog :)

Anonymous said...

My thoughts are with you and Avalon.

Cherie K. Miller said...

I had hyperthyroidism and have been treated! It's possible.

Stopping by on the blog hop today - check out my video about the tornadoes that hit the south. I volunteer at the Etowah Valley Humane Society and we have 5 dogs that were left homeless - Hoss, Heidi, Dozer and Goldie & Marley. They all need homes...

www.Pet-peeves.org

Thanks for sharing

KerrieLynn said...

Hi, I am joining the Surfin Saturdays Blog Hop! I am following you on your GFC. If you get a chance stop over and check out my “Cupboard”…..hope to see you soon!

~KerrieLynn Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ
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Erin O'Riordan said...

Ah, that's the way life works sometimes, doesn't it?

I love your cartoons, Avalon. They're really cool.

Kitty said...

Returning the like from the blog hop!
Only advice I can give you is to turn to organic cat foods. Just like with people food the hormones in the chicken especially is bad when you already have too many hormones in your system.

Tapanga Jansen said...

sory kitee.

aprilraechelle* said...

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Original_Wacky said...

As a hyperthyroid person, I'll just have to follow you now so I can see how things progress. Unfortunately, I don't know much about it in cats. Anyway, thanks for popping by on the Saturday Pet Blog Hop, and you'll probably see me around here and there now.

Au and Target said...

Hehe, now that's funny. Au always hits me up for treats when he's been to the vet. Or even if I talk to him about the vet!

MikiHope said...

I do not mention the word V E T anywhere near Gremlin--he does a very good disappearing act!!!

Shadonna said...

Hi, Avalon. Following you back from Super Sunday Blog hop. Have a great weekend.
www.shadonnarichards.blogspot.com

shelbylately.com said...

Thanks for the follow, I am following you right back! Avalon is a total DOLL and you're really talented! I'm sorry to hear about the hypothyroidism. Please keep us posted on treatment! xoxo!

Whispering Peace said...

Thanks so much for stopping by and following. I'm your newest follower :)

http://whisperedthoughtsbookreviews.blogspot.com/

Sonja said...

I'm a new follower from Sunday blog hop. Would love a follow back at http://www.toeuropewithkids.com/
Thanks!

SavvyShopperMom said...

Love it! New follower from www.savvyshoppermom.blogspot.com please stop by!

SavvyShopperMom said...

I mean thanks for stopping by not please stop by haha! :)

Kortney said...

Hi!!! I just wanted to let you know that I am stalking from the Super Stalker Sunday Hop! Thanks so much for linking up with us and I hope you have fun stalking around!

Be sure to come join us again next Sunday for another fun filled weekend of Super Stalking!


Kortney
Kortney's Krazy Life

Rene said...

Hello, Avalon! Thank you for telling us about your blog. My childhood cat had hyperthryoidism, diagnosed at age 12, and she lived to be 19. My parents stuck with medication and did not choose to do the radioactive treatment. I would suggest getting regular bloodwork to check thyroid levels, but I'm sure you already know this. :-)

Melissa said...

Stopping by from the Alexa hop! Already a dedicated follower. Have a good day!

Tootsie said...

thanks for the visit today...I am your newest follower...and am enjoying the cartoons. Thank you for following me!

Brag All About It said...

found your blog through the monday blog hop! i'm follower 666 eek :)
would love to have you follow my blog
http://www.bragallaboutit.com/

Aimee said...

Hi ~ new follower from the Monday hop! Hope you will stop by & say hello! Sorry I have nothing to share with you regarding your questions, we don't have a cat, so just don't know anything about what you're up against! : (

Aimee @
justkiddingaroundatlanta.blogspot.com

I'm a full-time mummy said...

Thanks for the follow! I've returned the favor! Looking forward to seeing you back here sometime!

Btw, cute blog!

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady. Iam stopping by from Tootsie Blog. I am also your newest follower. I love your Cartoons so sweet. I hope you come over and join my Tablescapes. Also I hope you have a Great Week.
XXOO
Diane

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Aimee @ Just Kidding Around Atlanta said...

Hi! Thanks for stopping by JKAA. I wanted to let you know that I checked on what you asked about, and Best Pet Health (Sponsor of my giveaway) does indeed have a calming chew - here is the link! http://www.bestpethealth.com/products/Pet%252dEase-Soft-Chews-for-Cats.html

and hip & joint chews too! http://www.bestpethealth.com/products/Hip-%26-Joint-Soft-Chews-for-Cats.html

Hope that helps! ~ Aimee @
justkiddingaroundatlanta.blogspot.com

Mommy Headquarters said...

(Mommy Headquarters) Following you back from mom bloggers club!

BURUNDANGUITAS CS said...

following back from MBC, nice cartoons! tks for visiting my blog (www.burundanguitas.blogspot.com) & following me. rgds, dalyse

Isis said...

Very cute blog! I'm following you back. Thanks!

Theresa said...

I love your blog. It's hilarious! Following you back from MBC.

Melissa said...

Stopping by from Makobi Scribe's Alexa hop. Have a good day!

Jen at A Heart Full of Love said...

Loved the cartoon! Thanks for the follow. I am now following you back.

Ariel said...

So sorry to hear that wish I had some advice.I will pray for him...Hugs

Jessica @FoundtheMarbles said...

I didn't even know that feline's could get hyperthyroidism. Sorry I can't offer any help!

oomph. said...

found and following thru the thursday hop.
cute blog here :)

rockoomph.blogspot.com

Grandma Bonnie said...

Thanks for following> I am following back.
http://grandmabonniescloset.blogspot.com/

Mei said...

I love it!
I'm a new follower. :) (and the proud parent of two crazy cats and their puppy)
Have a great weekend!
Mei
http://fairweatherdiver.blogspot.com

Chef in Training said...

Hi! I am visiting from the hop! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would follow me back! My most recent blog post explains how if blogger follow button is down! thanks so much!
-Nikki
http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/

Cricket said...

What a great blog. Thanks for following mine (Tripping Tuesdays). I'm returning the favor. ;-)

Karen Pokras Toz said...

Hi new follower from Never Growing Old Friday Hop... love your work.. my 17 yr old kitty has hyperthyroidsm. She is responding very well to medicine. Good luck! I'd love for you to visit my blog as well (& if you scroll down toward the bottom you can see a pic of my two furbabies!)

http://kptoz.blogspot.com

. said...

Thanks for the question,

Over the years many of my clients have tried natural remedies for hyperthyroid cats both as a main treatment and also as a complement to conventional therapy.I know there are products advertised on the internet for this purpose but unfortunately I have never known any to be of much use.

While it can sometimes be unsatisfactory the best thing to do is to stick with conventional treatment in this case.

Regards,

Scott { vetblog.co.uk }

BellaVida said...

lol v.cute


Bella Vida by Letty
Have a great day.

Royal Ruskies said...

Hi Avalon, It is so nice to meet you! We are Jake and Elwood the "Royal Ruskies". Thank you so much for becoming our new friend. You must have a very exciting life and how cool is that to have your very own cartoon!!!! Mommy says she is going to look for your movie, she would love too see it (she likes creepy scary movies). We asked Mommy if she knew anything to help you out with your new condition but she did not. She said she does know that it can be controlled fairly easy. Sadly our older brother had Kidney failure issues and Jake one time got a UTI but that's the only stuff she has tons of info on. If you ever need help doing research though just ask our Mommy she would be glad to help. Have a fun blog party! Your new followers Jake and Elwood

TheChickenista said...

I wanted to thank you for linking up last Sunday for the Sunday Strolling Blog Hop! And let you know your the spotlight this week!

~Vero
TheChickenistaReviews.com

Donna said...

Congrats on being the spotlight blogger on the Sunday Strolling Blog Hop! I'm a new follower.

Donna
http://potofgoldgiveaways.blogspot.com

Catrina said...

Thanks for the follow. Following you back!
www.frugalfunchallenge.blogspot.com

ms. freelancer said...

oh, i had that few years back. now i'm on the hypo stage. =(

My Inspired Space said...

What a cute blog...congrats on being spotlighted...I am glad I found you...I am now following..I have two kittens and glad you shared this info...hope you stop by and link up to my hop...

http://my-inspired-space.blogspot.com/2011/06/simply-inspired-hop.html

Connie from Girl Tech Divas said...

New follower from the blog hop! Hope you can hop by my blog http://www.girltechdivas.com and return the favor.

Cory said...

I had 2 fur siblings diagnosed with hyperthyroid and both were successfully treated with radioactive iodine treatment. It costs more up front, but long term mom is convinced it's less expensive and the results were dramatic and wonderful.

Purrs,

Cory

Finn said...

This is so funny! Love the illustrations!

gkbccb said...

cute pics! newest follower ! hey hon! found ya on the blog hop at victorias voice! would ya follow me gfc back, I am now following you! Thanks so much! Be sure to visit my blog @ http://1caseycolette.blogspot.com . I have a giveaway for a 12pk of Peter Rabbt Organics, PLUS a 6mo free advertising on my blog! :)

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