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Question:I have a 8 year old lab mix,she has a big lump on her throat,the size of a softball,she has gained weight and is starting to get some bad spots.Just need to know what meds i need and where i can get them.
Answer:A lump the size of a softball needs to be checked and probably aspirated by your veterinarian. Hypothyroid dogs don't get softball-sized masses on their neck.
Question:My 8 year old female spayed chocolate lab recently had her second petit mal seizure in two years. She also has had a ravenous appetite with weight gain and appears to be more lethargic and itching. I took her to the vet today and blood work was done including free T4 and CBC. Her free T4 was 0 and her RBC's were elevated. My vet wants to start her on levothyroxine and recheck her CBC in a few weeks. I feel this is an appropriate treatment plan and am just looking for some reassurance.Thank you for any input you may offer.
Answer:Yes, all that seems appropriate. I prefer a full thyroid panel with TSH and T4 & T3 autoantibody to confirm the diagnosis of hypothyroidism but a full panel can be relatively expensive.
Question:Hi there. Recently I had my dog into our vet to run a full thyroid panel. She's been very lethargic and suddenly has an increased appetite (though I'm not indulging it) and itching a lot. Although I asked for a full panel they only ran a mini panel and it came back negative for hypo. The other issue is that she has gained 10 pounds in 3 weeks...her weight has only fluctuated by a pound or two her whole life thus far (she's 7) I'm wondering since the mini panel came back negative if I should ask again for the full panel to ensure it's not her thyroid? I'm concerned about this large spike in her weight and want to find out what's wrong with her.
Answer:I don't know exactly what is on their mini-panel and full panel, but if they only ran a T4, yes, I would consider running a full thyroid panel with TSH and T3 & T4 autoantibody.
Question:Hello my Dog Is A 10 Years Old Lab. he Is Hypothyroidism Since 6 Years. he Did Not Take Its Soloxine Medicine For 30 Days. may Have Lowered His Defenses? thanks In Advance valeria
Answer:Not Sure Your Question. Best To Likely Restart The Medicine And Be In Touch With Your Local Vet Who Knows Him For Treatment Guidance And Rechecking
Question:I Have A 9-year-old Unspayed Female Hypothyroid With Diabetes. Her Blood Sugar Was Consistently Around 100 Until She Went Into Her Heat Cycle. Now, She's Been Diagnosed As Hypothyroid. But Her Blood Sugar Has Been Dangerously High Since She Began Her Heat Cycle. My Vet Is Stumped And So Am I. Any Suggestions On How To Bring That Bg Back Down. She Was Taking 15 Units And Is Now At 50 Units And Completly Insulin Resistent.
Answer:With Intact Female Dogs, Other Hormonal Conditions Can Be Very Difficult To Interpret, Much Less Diagnose, Including Hypothyroidism. I Would Also Make Sure Your Vet Has Ruled Out Complicating Infections If Diabetics That Can Interfere With Regulation, And Should At Least Have Urine Analysis And/or Urine Culture As Urinary Tract Infections Common In Diabetics
Question:Hi. I Have A 4 Yr Old Boxer Dog And He Has Been Losing His Hair In Patches, Just On His Sides And Lower Back. It Doesnt Bother Him And It Isnt Itchy. There Is No Lumps Or Bumps Or Redness Anywhere. The Only Thing Ive Noticed Is Before The Hair Falls Out, A Crusty Looking Clump Will Appear ( Almost Like Cradle Cap) , When This Flakes Off It Also Brings The Hair With It. This Started About 2 Months Ago And The Hair Seemed To Have Stopped Falling Out But Today I Noticed He Has Another One Of These 'clumps', Any Ideas On What Could Be Causing It? Thanks.
Answer:I Would Take Him To Vet And Have Him Evaluated For Secondary Inflammation Of Hair Follicles Called Folliculitis, Often Caused By Bacterial Infection. Antibiotics Usually Needed, However I Would Ask Vet To Check For Hypothyroid As This Can Be Underlying Cause. Other Possibilities Are Allergies, Et
Question:Our Border Collie Has Been Diagnosis With Hypothyroid Condition. Our Local Vets Don't Want To Do Any Medical Intervention. In Your Professional Opinion What Would Be The Best Course Of Treatment, For Her. We Are Wrestling With Our Decision To Have Her Put To Sleep. Cause We Feel That She Is Suffering. Also We Are Losing A Lot Of Sleep To Her Licking/chewing All Night Long
Answer:If She Is Truly Hypothyroid, Then I Would Consider Treating Her For This To See If She Feels Better Over Several Weeks.
Question:How Long Will My Dog Live With The Double Diagnosis Of Hypothyroidism And Cushings' Disease?. She Is A Small Dog Who Has Had 2 Orthopedic Surgeries To Both Back Legs. She Is Currently 10 Going On 11 Years Old. She Got Her Diagnosis This Month. Thank You Ahead For Answering My Question. E. Pierce
Answer:With Medical Management, Both Conditions Can Be Treated And Pets Can Live Normal Life Spans.
Question:I Have A Female 1/2 Pit And 1/2 Shepard. Got Her Fixed Last Yr And She Has Been Gaining Weight Ever Since. She Was 92lbs When I Brought Her To The Vets, She Is At Least 130 Lbs Now. Nothing Has Changed Much But Exercise. We Don't Walk As Much As Before. Very Concerned Because She Seems To Be Still Gaining. I Was Going To Mix Some Kelp In With Her Food. What Should I Do And Be Looking For. thank You, heidi Hood
Answer:Hi Heidi. Many Dogs Do Gain Weight After They Are Spayed. Consider Feeding Low Grain, Low Carb Diet Like Wysong Epigen Diet From 1800petmeds. Also Consider Having Vet Check Thyroid To Make Sure No Low Thyroid Involved In Signs. Hypothyroid Can Commonly Cause Weight Gain.
Question:Full Boxer/8yrs/treated For Hypothyroid 2mg Levothyroxine/has Disorientation/loss Of Control Back Legs,No Shaking Or Frothing Like A Seizure. Episodes More Frequent, Will Not Eat Or Drink Water When Occurs. Fell Down When Attempting To Stand Up. Thank You
Answer:I Would See Vet For Blood Workup To See If Any Underlying Problems. Could Be Brain Issue In This Boxer Breed. Neurologist Consult May Be Recommended.
Question:I Have A Irish Setter With Ear Problems. He Has A Brown Smelly Discharge From His Ears, He Also Scratches And Shakes His Head. I Try To Keep Them Clean With Cotten Balls & Q-tips, I Also Rinse Them With White Vinigar & Water. Is There Something Im Doing Wrong, Or Is There Something Else That I Can Do For Him?
Answer:I Would Try 1800petmeds Ear Cleaning Solution As Excellent Broad Spectrum Cleanign Agent. Howver Zymox Otic Hc Might Help For Ear Inflammation. If Problem Persists, Best To See Vet For Proper Exam And Diagnosis. Many Ear Problems Are Indeed Allergy Based. You Could Also Try Benadryl At Dose Of 1 Mg Per Pound Twice Daily. Some Irish Setters Are Also Hypothyroid Which Can Also Be Tested By Blood Work As Underlying Potential Cause
Question:My 4 Year Old Golden Retreiver Has Begun To Have Severely Labored Breathing, Heavy Panting, Extremely Loud Snoring(sometimes When She Is Awake, Sometimes It Is Worse Than Others, But She Never Seems To Breathe Normally Anymore. She Also Drinks Copious Amounts Of Water. This Started About 4 Months Ago. On A Recent Trip To Visit Our Son, It Got So Bad, We Took Her To An Out Of Town Vet. He Said That She Has Hypothyroid And Allergies, And Slightly Enlarged Bronchial Passages. Our Local Vet Said She Had Allergies. Our Vet Put Her On Temeril-p. The Out Of Town Vet, Reduced Her Temeril-p (from 2 Twice A Day To 1 Twice A Day) And Added Thyroid Medicine (seloxive 0.8 Mg Twice A Day) And A Bronchiodialator (aminophyllive 200 Mg.twice A Day.)he Also Said Benedryl Would Probably Do As Much Good As Temeril-p. Anyway, Nothing Seems To Be Helping. She Has Been On The New Meds And Dosage For 21-days. I Expected To See Some Improvement By Now. I've Now Spent A Fortune At The Vet (along With The Rx's). Do You Think They're Looking At A Wrong Diagnosis, Or Medications? Most Nights, She Wakes Us Up With Her Loud Breathing And Snoring (occasionally I Think She Is The Percolator.) We Are So Worried About The Labored Breathing, And Weird Noises She Makes. I Am Also Loosing Sleep Since She Wakes Me To Fill Her Water Bowl At Least Twice A Night And Of Course She Needs To "go Out" Several Times A Night Too. I Would Appreciate Your Input. Sincerely. Kim Bailey
Answer:I Do Think Vets You Have Seen Thus Far Have Failed To Make Proper Diagnosis In This Case. I Would Ask For Referral To Vet Specialist In Internal Medicine In Your Area As Sounds Like Just Symptomatic Attempts At This Time. You Need Definitive Diagnosis Which Might Need Further Chest X Rays, Ultrasounds, Etc But I Would Not Just Use More Temaril P, Other Antibiotics Etc Until Diagnosis Is Made.
Question:I Took My 17year Old Cat To The Vet For A Check-up. They Took Several Tests Including Blood And Told Me That She Had Hypothyroidism And That I Could Give Her Some Prescription Medication And She Would Be Ok. I Havent Followed Through On The Prescription Because The Vet Bill Immense And I Couldnt Afford The Meds. After A Lot Of Research, I Read One Of Your Answers About Hypothyroid In Cats Being A Rare Condition. Now, I Dont Know If She Has Hypothyroid Or Something Worse. How Should I Go About Improving Her Health/treating Her Condition? What Homeopathic Remedies Would You Recommend? Thanks For Your Time.
Answer:I Dont Think You Have Diagnosis Correct On This One. I Highly Doubt That Your Cat Is Hypo Thyroid Which Is Low Thyroid. This Is Very Rare In Cats And Usually When Vets Find Low Thyroid Levels On Cats Blood Work, There Is Another Illness In The Body Causing The Low Thyroid Levels. We Call This Euthyroid Sick Syndrome. I Would See Another Vet In Your Area For Second Opinion And Review Of Your Workup As Likely Another Problem That Your Vet Has Not Discovered. If Your Cat Has High Thyroid(hyperthyroid)and You Gave Made Typo Mistake In Your Question, Write Back And I Will Advise.
Question:I Have A 7year Old Herder Mix. She Has Been To 3 Vets. The Last Diagnosed Hypothyroid Problems And Levothyroxine As Treatment. She Has Not Responded. Rat Tail, Hair Loss On Her Torso Are The Only Symptoms. She Has Lots Of Energy And Eats And Drinks As She Always Has. We Can't Seem To Conrol Her Licking And Scratching. We Tried A Topical Hydrocortizone For The Scratching With Little Change. She's Been Tested For Mites, Etc. Ear Mites Were Found Last Summer And Treated. Afterward, She Started Losing Hair. May Be Coincidence.we Are At Wits End And Are Now Researching Natural Remedies. any Help That You Can Recommend Is Appreciated.
Answer:Two Options Are To Ask Your Vet For Referral To Vet Dermatologist In Your Area Who Can Perform Blood Or Skin Allergy Testing As Well As Try Low Allergy Prescription Food Like Purina Ha Or Hills Z/d To See If Help. Also Can Explore Working With Vet Homeopath Www.theavh.org For List Of Homeopathic Vets. Many Offer Phone Consults. Also Get Book Dr. Pitcairns Guide To Natural Health For Dogs And Cats By Richard Pitcairn, Dvm, Phd For Ideal Diets.
Question:Our Dog Is A Mixed-breed And Recently The Side Of His Face Froze Up. He Has Been Diagnosed With Facial Nerve Paralysis, Showing All The Symptoms Of It. He Is A Slightly Overweight Dog But Is Full Of Spunk And Runs When He Gets The Chance. His Fur Is Perfect, Not Like It Is In Dogs With Hypothyroidism. The Vet Found His Thyroid Hormone Was Low, But Also Found A Middle Ear Infection. Which One Of These Could Be The Most Likely Culprit? Or Could It Simply Be That A Bee Or Wasp Bit Him On The Jaw Or Something And Froze Up The Nerve, Or That He Bruised It With His Foot When Scratching?
Answer:Actually I Would Not Rely On A Low Thyroid Measurement At The Time Of Facial Nerve Paralysis As Often The Measured Thyroid Levels Will Be Quite Low Due To Likely Another Illness. This Is Called Euthyroid Sick Syndrome. In My Experience, Even Though Theoretically Possible, I Rarely If Ever Have Seen A Truly Hypothyroid Dog Develop Facial Nerve Paralysis Because Of The Low Thyroid Even Though It Is Theoretically Possible. I Would Actually Consider A Diagnosis Of What Is Called Horners Syndrome, Which Usually Resolves On Its Own In A Few Weeks. After That Time Have Thyroid Level Repeated To See If Truly Low