Hi Thom,

My wife and I listen to your great shows on Sirious radio daily. Last week you discussed your Cat's iodine level problems and hyperthyroid issues. You said that you would begin to reduce the iodine levels in your cat's diet. Plus you mentioned some type of medication or vitamin that was recommended by your Vet that you were also going to give to your cat. I was driving in heavy traffic that day, got distracted, and cannot remember what the medication/supplement was that you mentioned.

Could you let me know? We are having the same problem with our 18 year old cat, who we love dearly.

I would really appreciate a reply as we would like to use the same treatment approach as you are trying.

Thanks so much and keep that great progressive information coming!

We hope Higgins is doing better!


Bob and Gail

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Robindell 6 years 18 weeks ago
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You are mistaken in believing that Thom responds to these blog postings. He does not. But I heard the show in which he discussed Higgin's health problem, which involves vomiting, which is a symptom that many cats apparently develop, but for various reasons. The treatment that the vet recommended for vomiting and which Thom mentioned is the use of Pepcid AC. I looked this up, and if you try it, you should be careful with the type of Pepcid and the recommened dosage. Do not give the chewable form of Pepcid to cats. Start with 10 mg Pepcid AC, not the extra strength which is 20 mg. Cut the 10 mg tablet to 1/4 size, and give a fourth of the tablet per dose. I gave my cat about a quarter of a table of this strength of Pepcid AC, and he stopped throwing up, at least for the time being. There are Web sites that talk about what dose to use and on using the medication on a regular schedule. Sometimes, the recommendation may be for giving it every other day, or even less frequently, because the goal is to use the smallest amount needed to control the vomiting. In more stubborn and serious case, there are situations where you may have to administer the same fourth of a tablet more than once a day, with an interval of several hours in between. Before giving, you should take your cat to the vet and ask if this is treatment is right for your pet, and if so, how much of the medication to use, and for how long. Cutting the small Pepcid tablets into four parts is very difficult and may be impossible to carry out. Some people dissolve the whole pill in water and then only give 1/4th of the liquid solution at a time. Your vet can advise. Drug allergies and drug interactions have to be considered. There are different causes of vomiting, and the vet may not necessarily be able to pinpoint the cause in all cases. That is why to be safe, it is best to bring the cat in for a medical evaluation to see what other treatments may be tried. Prescription food may help in some cases. There are prescription drugs to stop vomiting in dogs and cats, but these medicines treat the symptoms, not necessarily the cause.

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