But before you and your vet give up on the topical, many vets and owners are not aware that the “allergic” reactions may not be to the medication BUT to the base of the gel. Ask your compounding pharmacy about alternative gels or talk with another compounding pharmacy for their options. The same goes for the oral medication, there are different manufacturers and forms which may make more tolerable for your cat. Understand changing the medication or base may require close monitoring to check the dosage. Make sure the ears are cleaned regularly to prevent buildup that can be irritating. Simply wipe with a cotton pad, slightly damp with warm water. Let dry before applying medication.
There are herbal therapies that can be used as alternatives or complement current medications but for safety, do so only under the guidance of your holistic veterinarian. Just because many remedies are natural, doesn’t mean they are safe. It is also important to understand that many pet over-the-counter thyroid remedies are copies of human therapies and may not be effective with cats. Many holistic veterinarians consider diet as critical in managing this disease as the therapies and often recommend a raw food diet; eliminating fish from diets; and removing all dry food. Other therapies include radioactive iodine, thyroidectomies and iodine deficient diets (still very new and prescriptive) which can and should be discussed with your veterinarian to make the best decision for your cat.