Q My ten-year-old Birman has been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and is on Felimazole, which is helping. I would also like to use some more natural medicine and have heard that homoeopathic remedies can help. What do you suggest?
Holistic vet Holly Mash advises: Hyperthyroidism can usually be successfully treated with either medication (such as Felimazole) or by surgery to remove the overactive thyroid gland.
There are a number of complementary approaches that can be used in addition to the conventional medications - however, these must be used only under the guidance and supervision of a qualified holistic vet and in consultation with your usual vet.
Hyperthroidism is a serious condition and can be potentially life-threatening if not treated and monitored carefully. Homoeopathic remedies are one such complementary treatment that is often used in hyperthyroidism, alongside a specially formulated diet.
Remedies such as Iodatum or hormone-related remedies are among those that may be prescribed by your homoeopathic vet in these cases.
To find a homoeopathic vet in your area, look at the British Association of Homeopathic Veterinary Surgeons' website. For more information about hyperthyroidism take a look at our in-depth health guide to the condition.