Thyroid Meds for Dogs | Thyroid Pills for Dogs, Cats & Pets - Allivet
In fact, hypothyroid disease in dogs is the most common endocrine disease of dogs
Some hypothyroid dogs can be adjusted down on their thyroid meds to once daily. As for the testing, the gold standard in diagnosis of thyroid disease in dogs, is the complete thyroid panel, to include Free T4, TSH, Thyroglobulin autoantibody test, etc which is one done at Michigan State
My older Doberman Pinscher now going on 8 yrs was diagnosed with the T4 blood test in 2012 low thyroid .07. At 6 yrs (2011) he was diagnosed with wobblers and put on prednisone (quite heavy doses at first) for treatment and balanced off to 10 mg a day. With that said, he was neutered, and his weight went from 76lbs to 101lbs within 3 months. I grew concerned and consulted with a few different vets. No help for change. I decided his weight gains was going to kill him to death, so I started to reduce the preds and cut them in half daily dose, then every other day, and then every 3 days, until I consulted once more with a different vet who listened to my concerns. We put him on a cat nip dose 2.5 mgs every other day on preds to start to wean him off, and then into holistic care for his wobblers. He was then given the T4 test and came up low thyroid .07. Since then he is finally off all preds, and only taking soloxine 2 times a day. He is slowly losing the weight…slowly…down to 92lbs. He needs 10 more lbs IMO to go. He got another T4 test and came back normal. Vet wants a follow up to make sure and take test w/o meds taken before the test. I had my other Doberman puppy at 1 yr take his T4 test and came back low thyroid… .07 go figure a puppy? Took the other expensive test and sent to U of Michigan. Came back normal. I wonder now if my older adult Doberman test might have been a false reading? His only potential sign of thyroid would be an aggressive behavior towards a person. Such as a vet who stuck him with a needle and he didn’t like it and bit the vet for it. (yes, we now muzzle him when at vet office) Or someone chasing him or getting him unfocused and he feared harm and would act fear aggression behavior. So the diagnose was low thyroid can cause this behavior? His only issues are from the wobblers – unsteady walk (mild case compared to other dogs researched), arthritis joints when sleeping and getting up, once up and moving, he is fine. Luckily no dragging of paws when walking so his quality of life will be good as long as those holistic visits continue and boost his physical outlook. I would hope that my senior Doberman can adjust his thyroid meds to once a day once his weight loss is stable?
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Dogs frequently develop hypothyroidism
Hi, thank you for taking the time to read this. I have had two of my dogs on thyroid meds for years and was not able to afford a vet visit/blood work in time to get a refill on one of them, so my dog went without for a week. The vet was extremely rude and I heard her yell in the backroom about what a bad pet owner I was and didnt I know that it could kill my dog.I haven’t had a dog that is hypothyroid, but I am. Changing the diet can have a dramatic effect on the need for thyroid replacement, especially if your dogs old diet was not offering enough iodine, i.e. seaweed. Do not just stop her meds though. It is unlikely that the change completely took care of the thyroid issue, however she very well may need her dosage lowered. You’ll have to have a thyroid panel done to determine if this is the case. Her TSH levels will tell whether she is making more of her own thyroid hormones or not.