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#345093 - 09/06/17 12:45 AM Re: Questions about hypothyroidism [Re: MaxaLisa]
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Thanks for commenting, Lisa. I hoped you would jump in! I am going to ask my vet to do a trial of thyroid medicine. She's usually pretty agreeable to what I ask of her, so hopefully she will be this time too. Heidi's coat has been so thin and dull for years now. It sure would be great if it improved like Max's did. And it would be really, really great if her other issues were helped too.
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#345098 - 09/06/17 08:48 AM Re: Questions about hypothyroidism [Re: MaxaLisa]
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Karin, mit sending your dear Heidi good thoughts! I'm glad you gave a vet who is receptive to your thoughts. I'm wishing good things for Heidi!
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#345101 - 09/06/17 10:40 AM Re: Questions about hypothyroidism [Re: Braverhund]
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Thank you so much for your kind words and good thoughts, Patti. It's so hard when our beloved companions get old and have these different health problems. Heidi is actually pretty healthy other than just a couple of things, but the anxiety (actually, more like terror at times) is so hard to deal with.
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#345119 - 09/06/17 09:37 PM Re: Questions about hypothyroidism [Re: Karin]
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Originally Posted By: Karin
It's so hard when our beloved companions get old and have these different health problems. Heidi is actually pretty healthy other than just a couple of things, but the anxiety (actually, more like terror at times) is so hard to deal with.


I know, we suffer along with them and just want to fix everything. Hugs to Heidi and you. hugging
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#345141 - 09/08/17 01:01 PM Re: Questions about hypothyroidism [Re: SeanRescueMom]
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#345142 - 09/08/17 05:27 PM Re: Questions about hypothyroidism [Re: MaxaLisa]
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Thanks for all the support, guys!

I called my vet and she agreed to do a trial of the thyroid replacement. I picked up the bottle today and it just says "Thyro-care" and it's .3 mg and I'm supposed to give it twice a day. I wish they were Thyro-tab like you guys got as I was looking online and it said that those were the only ones approved for use (this was in 2016). My vet is on vacation for the next two weeks, so I can't ask her about it.

Are these tablets pretty safe? Anything I should look out for? It doesn't really say when to take it. Did you guys give it with meals? Do you think it's OK to take with Cholodin & CBD oil? I have a tendency to be a real worry wart when it comes to my precious Heidi!! smile
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#345145 - 09/08/17 09:36 PM Re: Questions about hypothyroidism [Re: Karin]
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My old girl Rica was on a thyroid medication a long time ago and I believe my vet had said to give it a couple of hours before or after a meal, no at meal time.
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#345153 - 09/09/17 05:01 PM Re: Questions about hypothyroidism [Re: Woodreb]
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Definitely separate from mealtime so it works optimally. I think that's a low dose (can't remember the weight). I think we started low and then ramped up to the recommended dose for the weight.
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#345176 - 09/12/17 07:19 PM Re: Questions about hypothyroidism [Re: Karin]
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Buddy has been on 0.5 mg of thyro-tabs for years. He also takes cholodin and cbd oil. I wouldn't be concerned with the combination

Originally I was told to give at least an hour away from foods to be effective. Since then my schedule changed and that was impossible. I now give it with his meals.

His bloodwork is run yearly at a minimum and his levels have stayed steady over the years. If possible, I would prefer not to give it at meal time, but we do the best we can.

I hope this trial goes well for you.


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#345637 - 10/16/17 12:47 AM Re: Questions about hypothyroidism [Re: PositiveDog]
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Well, Heidi has been on the thyroid medicine for about 2 weeks now and she's really doing well. Her appetite is better and she's gained a couple of pounds. She's not so scared anymore. Every once in a while, she'll get nervous, but she gets over it fairly quickly. She's sleeping through the night. She has more energy and will go for a walk without trying to turn around and go back home again. And her fur is already looking a little better. It's really pretty amazing.

And none of that "seizure-like activity" of nose lifting and trembling has happened at all for the past couple of weeks. No more horrible panic attacks either, where she's shaking and inconsolable. I think part of that might have been due to giving her too much cholodin. I had been giving her 2 tablets with breakfast and 2 with dinner. I think that with her weight loss, it was too much for her. She's down to 3/4 tablet with BF and 3/4 tablet with dinner.

The only problem is that it's making her feel so good that she's a little more reactive to other dogs than she was before. She was always that way when we first got her, but as she got older, she got a little more mellow. Now, she's feeling her oats again! It's not really a problem because we're used to this and don't let other dogs approach her when we take her for walks. I just don't want her to cause any trouble at doggie daycare, where she's been going for the past 9 years!

We'll take her in to get retested in two more weeks, but I really think this is making a big difference already. I give her the tablet 1 hour before meals with a tiny bit of peanut butter. Thanks for the tips and great advice!
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