Answer to Question #7631 Submitted to "Ask the Experts"
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I am scheduled for radioactive iodine treatment for my hyperthyroid. I understand the need to take precautions to limit the exposure to others. However, I have not been able to find any information regarding exposure to pets. I have two small dogs (13 kg and 26 kg) that are used to being close to me. Should they be removed from my home for a few days?
I recommend that you follow the same advice that I gave to another person (ATE Q7392) regarding her cats.
I don't think that the dogs have to leave the house, unless they are so adorable that you can't help wanting to hold them for long periods of time. Your thyroid is an exposure source and so is your urine. I do not think that the radiation exposure would be a health hazard if they are sitting next to you on the couch.
Cats and dogs both clean their coats by licking, so washing your hands before petting your dogs is the best way to protect them. Good luck with your therapy.
Marcia Hartman, MS