Q. How can we calm our clients' fears about radioiodine treatment?
When compared to medical, surgical, and dietary management of hyperthyroidism, radioiodine treatment is often the best choice
for clients, says Ciera Miller, CVT, a Firstline Editorial Advisory Board member and technician at Metzger Animal Hospital in State College, Pa. However, she says, clients
may be wary of such a treatment and you need to be able to calm their worries.
Ciera Miller, CVT
"When suggesting radioiodine treatment, an easy way to introduce the idea is to educate the pet owner about its advantages,"
she says. "I usually start by listing the benefits owners will notice in their everyday lives with their pets—no daily pilling
and no harmful side effects, which are often seen with thyroid medications and diets. And it's cost effective."
Then, Miller says, it's important to explain the process of the radioiodine treatment. "I explain that it is the only method
that can truly cure thyroid conditions and tumors, and it is done entirely without anesthesia," she says. "The owners can
also be assured that the treatment causes no tissue or organ damage."
After explaining the treatment process and its advantages, she also recommends using testimonials to help assure owners that
they're making the best choice for their pet. "It's usually easier for a client to trust the opinion of someone who has had
to make a similar decision for their pet's treatment," she says.