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Your cat has been treated with radioactive 131I. It still contains traces of radioactivity. A little bit of this radioactive substance will be released by the animal daily through the normal elimination pathways; i.e., feces, urine and saliva. The following precautions are recommended to minimize the possibility of radioactive contamination in your home. No special instructions are necessary after 14 days. Until this time has elapsed:

1. Animal isolation/confinement period for 14 days upon returning home
Do not allow direct contact between the animal and children, pregnant women and nursing mothers. Keep the animal out of food preparation and consumption areas. Avoid prolonged closeness with the animal for more than half an hour per day, and ensure that it sleeps alone. Do not allow the animal to lick people’s faces or hands. If this occurs, wash the skin areas immediately with warm soapy water.

Your cat must be confined indoors for the next 14 days.

2. Wear disposable plastic gloves whenever possible
Small traces of radioiodine may be transferred from the animal’s saliva to its fur during grooming. Plastic or rubber gloves will protect handlers from becoming contaminated from the animal’s fur and from any of the items the animal uses such as bowls. Gloves must be worn while changing the animal’s litter. After removing the gloves, wash your hands thoroughly. We will provide you with disposable gloves.

3. Move litter pan to a remote location
Keep litter pan in a remote part of the home (garage or basement). While wearing disposable gloves clean out the litter pan contents regularly into plastic bags. Use the plastic liners in the litter pan. Flushable litter must be used for 14 days. Please read the manufacturer recommendations. Some brands recommend letting clumps sit for 20 minutes prior to flushing. Flush twice to ensure no residual radiation is left in toilet bowl.

4. If your cat becomes sick and vomits or has diarrhea
Contact the veterinarian that referred you to this facility and using plastic gloves, clean up the vomit/stool and enclose it in a tightly sealed plastic bag.

Owner Information
NOTE: Please bring cell phone to appointment if possible

Jane M. Sykes
Practice Manager
Thames Valley Veterinary Services
Thames Valley Veterinary Services
London, Ontario
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