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8 nov 2014
I have a 9 year old ginger cat called jasper
I've never really notice before but compared to his brother he only has a very fine light covering of hair on his belly
Sometimes he makes his nipples sore in the area .
Last night he has made himself very raw over a 2 inch area of his stomach

9 aug 2014 Usual check up vet said he has a heart murmur ..he is incredibly calm and I was quite shocked

This lead to a test of hyperthroidisum showing t4 as 157 apparently that's massive
After 3 weeks of 2x5mg felimazole tablets I took him back as his lumph nodes were up in his neck

23 sept 2014 Did another blood test and he is was t4 NOW 6.44 so under average
Tablets came down to now 2x2.5mg

30 oct 2014 3.5 weeks another blood test can't remember but think it was about t4 was 6 so tablets now 2x1.25mg

Today 8 nov I have called the vets as like I said above he is raw on his stomach seams to be itching more and his lymph nodes in his neck are up again.
Just off the phone to the vet who now says 'lets see if he is proper hyperthroidisum take him off the tablets for 3 weeks and lets do a test see if his licking stops and his lymph nodes in his neck go down

What thoughts do you have !?? I'm thinking of the food for this condition (I have 2 cats so need to think of managing this ) and not quite sure what advice I should follow ?!

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Did he lick himself and have allergies prior to starting on his medications? What flea control is he on? Usually the itching is just facial itching as a side effect of the methimazole. I don't want to interfere with your vet's care, as your vet has more information to work with than I do! I will try to give some additional information about allergies though if that's what you think it is.  

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I am a vet with a special interest in dermatology, particularly allergic dogs and cats, behaviour and acupuncture. I work mainly with dogs and cats. If you are wondering why your pet is still itchy, despite good flea control, or why your dog licks his feet, I may be able to give you some solutions. I'm currently very passionate about behaviour and am doing some further education in this area. So if you have a troubling behaviour with your dog or cat, such as barking, leash reactivity, anxiety or a dog who is a little wild and difficult to control, I may be able to help you with some solutions.

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I work in an area of Sydney where we see lots of allergic pets. I think behaviour problems are very common and I help a number of owners find solutions that will restore peace to them and their pets. Currently I enjoy answering questions, providing advice and writing pet care articles for www.lovethatpet.com

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I graduated as a vet from Sydney Uni in 2006 and have since been completing my Masters in Small Animal Practice and am also updating my skills with a behaviour course through Sydney Uni.

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