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freddyteddy
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2017 8:11 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Fredddie had auto immune polyarthriis 4 years ago , then auto immune thrombocytopenia last year and now the vets have done the first T4test to see if he has hypothyroidism. i will get the results on wednesday but they have said the result is high side of normal whatever that means
He is terribly heavy (about 7 kilos more than he used to weigh before being ill)...he has no treats and has been on diet food to try and get the weight off. He has been having hydrotherapy because he has joint problem on front leg ..... he is keen to go a walk but quickly becomes lethargic. He drinks more than he used to and pants quite a lot when walking .... I took him to the vets because I suspected hypothyroidism or cushings ....has anyone got any suggestions if it isnt either of these that I can ask the vet about on Wednesday
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 12:30 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

It is advisable to have more than the T4 test done to get an accurate result. Certainly a FreeT4 and TSH and probably a TgAb as well. Also I would suggest a complete blood test - Haematology, General Health Profile and Electrolytes to make sure all is okay.

If he is only panting when walking it could be due to his joint problems. If it is Cushings he would be drinking a lot more than usual and peeing a lot more as well as probably wanting food all the time.

Here is an article that can explain the thyroid tests etc. a lot better than me. Unfortunately I could not link it here but if you google : CANINE THYROID DIAGNOSTIC TESTING, INTERPRETATION AND DOSING you should come up with a PDF file from Hemopet.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 2:28 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

This may be the article you meant? xx
http://www.hemopet.org/clients/14145/documents/Thyroid_Month/Canine_Diagnostic_Testing_Interpretation_and_Dosing.pdf

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 2:44 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Yes! Thanks for making the link available. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 4:19 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Smile You're welcome

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 7:15 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

thanks for all the information....at least I will know what test are being done and what the results mean
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 7:22 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

We got Freddies blood test results back today and the vet says they are in the normal range and so not keen to start medication yet but to have another T4 and free T4 test in a couple of weeks time to make sure it is hypothyroidism . Has anyone had normal results but displayed lots of the syptoms of hypothyroidism such as weight gain, slow heart beat, feeling the cold, lethargy, change in bark etc A different vet after the first test results (which were at the end of range normal) wanted to put him on medication but said once started said it was for life ....just wondered if anyone else has been in the same situation
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 7:56 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Funnily enough I was talking about just such a situation with my vet the other week, she was saying that sometimes dogs exhibit symptoms yet the test resuts are not in agreement. This wasn't specifically about Hypothyroidism but it was mentioned as an example.

Dr. Jean Dodds in the states is a specialist in Hypothyroid disorders have a look at her website Hemopet. You can send blood to her for testing if you can't get your vet to do the right tests, T4 alone is not a true indicator you need to do more extensive tests. Here is an article I came across which you may find interesting:

http://www.hemopet.org/clients/14145/documents/Thyroid_Month/Canine_Diagnostic_Testing_Interpretation_and_Dosing.pdf

I have had two hypothyroid dogs and strangely they didn't have typical symptoms but I had an inkling and tests showed they were indeed hypothyroid, the opposite of your experience with Freddie. I would be inclined to push your vet as the thyroid influences just about everything in the body and is not something to be ignored. Treatment by the way is very easy just a little tablet every day, it can take a little while to get the dosage right but once that's done it should be plain sailing with just a regular blood test to make sure the dose doesn't need to change.
Good luck and do keep us updated.

edited to add: My vet also said that hypothyroidism is very underdiagnosed.

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