Specialist Veterinarian Provides Life Saving Treatment to Cats in Need

Top Quote Dr. Mark Peterson of the Animal Endocrine Clinic treats shelter cats with radioactive iodine treatment to cure their hyperthyroidism. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) May 02, 2011 - The Animal Endocrine Clinic recently partnered with Anjellicle Cats Rescue and Ready for Rescue animal shelters to provide radioactive iodine treatment to two hyperthyroid cats. The success of the advanced medical treatment, pioneered by Dr. Peterson, will allow the cats a chance at being adopted into new homes.

    Molly, a 15 year old cat was removed from the Animal Care & Control of NYC's (AC&C) "kill list" by the Anjellicle Cats Rescue. Despite the fact that Molly had become very thin and had the typical increased appetite, common to hyperthyroid cats, the rescue felt that they could find her a home. A "foster mother" with the shelter, Margaret Cozzo had heard of Dr. Peterson's Animal Endocrine Clinic and reached out to him for help with the cat's disease.

    Said the Director of Anjellicle Cats Rescue, Kathryn Willis, "We are very pleased with the success of the treatment that Molly received at the Animal Endocrine Clinic. She has regained the weight and the spirit that she had lost while sick. She has a great disposition and will make a lovely pet for anyone."

    Foxy, a nine year old Tabby, was another cat that was saved from the "kill list" by the organization, Ready for Rescue. Foxy was also small and underweight as a result of her hyperthyroid condition. Initially treated with the daily medication, Methimazole, she experienced bad side effects. Looking for a better option, her "foster mother", volunteer Karin Felix-Faure, had lived near the Animal Endocrine Clinic's Manhattan location and sought out Dr. Peterson's expertise.

    Dr. Mark Peterson treated both cats at the Animal Endocrine Clinic using the most advanced medical diagnostics and treatments available for feline hyperthyroidism. Using nuclear imaging, he confirmed that both cats were hyperthyroid and then treated them with radioiodine treatment. Donations and discounts from the AEC helped pay for the cats' treatments.

    "We almost lost Foxy because she couldn't handle the daily medication," said Doug Halsey of Ready for Rescue. "If it hadn't been for Dr. Peterson's advanced treatment, Foxy would not be alive today. How cruel it would have been for her to have been removed from the "kill list" and then die while receiving treatment."

    Dr. Peterson offered, "Radioactive iodine treatment is the home humane and efficient way to cure Hyperthyroidism, a common disease in cats. If left untreated, it can lead to death. We were thrilled to be able to provide these cats with a second chance at being loved and cared for in new homes. One subcutaneous treatment was all that was needed to cure both cats."

    About Anjellicle Cats Rescue:
    Anjellicle Cats Rescue is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. The rescue is also a member of the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals and a New Hope Partner with the New York Animal Care & Control (ACC). The rescue has a no-kill policy and holds adoption events throughout New York City and in Connecticut. For more information about Anjellicle Cats Rescue visit http://www.anjelliclecats.com/

    About Ready for Rescue:
    Ready for Rescue is a New York City-based animal rescue group dedicated to saving at risk animals with a focus on cats and dogs who are suffering in the New York City shelter system. The shelter shows cats and dogs up for adoption at The Pet Health Store in Manhattan on Sundays, Noon - 4pm. For more information about Ready for Rescue visit http://ready4rescue.org/

    About The Animal Endocrine Clinic:
    The Animal Endocrine Clinic (AEC) is a specialized veterinary practice that diagnoses and treats cats and dogs with endocrine (hormonal) disorders. AEC has three divisions: Hypurrcat exclusively treats hyperthyroid cats with radioactive iodine, the Endocrine Clinic is dedicated to diagnosing and treating dogs and cats with endocrine disorders, such as diabetes or Cushing's disease and Nuclear Imaging for Animals is a state-of-the-art medical imaging facility that performs nuclear scanning to diagnose thyroid, bone, liver, and kidney diseases in dogs and cats. AEC has clinics in Manhattan and Westchester County and treats clients in New York City, Long Island, Westchester County, New Jersey and Connecticut. It is the only practice of its kind in the United States. For more information about AEC visit www.animalendocrine.com.

    Media Contact:
    Carrie Tuttle
    CT Consulting Group

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