I posted before - my 10 month old chocolate lab Saba has coat and skin issues and horrible diaharea, well, it appears that he might have giardia and he's on antibiotics for a while. Thanks to all who replied and gave me ideas of what to look for. The vet run a lot of tests and my poor puppy also had to have IV into his back with 400 ml of fluid as he was very dyhadrated - despite our best efforts to keep him hydrated. He was so good through it all, he's a trooper. When his blood work came back it appears he has a very low thyroid, which explains a lot - why he sleeps a lot, has low energy, and among other things, especially his skin and coat problems. The vet said that we'll start him on meds as soon as he's done his antibiotics. I'm glad that it will be resolved, and I'm glad it's nothing overly serious as thyroid problems can be controlled with meds. Has anyone come across this before? Apparently it appears mostly with older dogs, but the vet said that the good thing is that it started to show in his skin and coat first and that since he's so young, we'll be able to control it very well. I contacted my breeder to see if his parents might have it or any of his litter mates - but she said that his parents don't have that problem and that she has not heard if any of his littermates have it. Also, she suggested to maybe ask the vet to start him on some essencial oils first - not meds since he's so young. But we tried to add some oil to his food before (low dosage from the vet) and since his stomach appears to be very sensitive - we had to stop. It gave him a very loose stool - very often throughout the day. So I guess meds it is. I hope someone can share similar experiences so I know what to expect. Thanks for all the support!!
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I've heard of dogs with low thyroids but don't have any experience with it. I dug up this online article to clue me in;
I can't really offer any advice but I can imagine you will have to monitor your dogs food intake like clockwork and try to persuade him to do some daily exercise even if he is very low energy.
What food have you got him on? some kind of specialist food (NOT Science Diet, despite what your vet may say!) that deals specifically with dogs with low thyroids may help control his weight and firm up his stools.
Hi Saba!! Sorry to hear Saba has a sensitive stomache on top of low thyroid. I don't have any experience myself, but I found this helpful as well on the net: http://www.barkbytes.com/medical/med0008.htm
I also saw this, but couldn't get the link to come up for more advice: Thyroid DeficiencyDiet can also impact your dog's thyroid. A diet high in usable protein and farily low in fat is recommended.
I'm sure someone on here has got some advice/experience for you. In the meantime, hope Saba starts to feel better! And Abby wants to know if he wants to come over for a swim sometime??
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I'm not familiar with the problem in puppies but have friends with adult dogs with thyroid problems. It's is very manageable and you will notice improvement very quickly once starting the meds.
Murray is going to the determatologist today. I wanted to get him allergy tested over the summer but I started noticing changes in his coat (falling out and almost bald on stomach) and skin (turned black vs pink on his belly). Our vet ran a thyroid panel and it came back in the grey zone between normal and subnormal so it looks like I'll be getting a first hand experience with thryoid too.
Thyroid levels can be throw off by anything, ie an illness (even a minor one) or the giardia.* If this were my dog I would get the other stuff cleared up first and then re-test the thyroid to see if it is coming back around to normal function before stating a dog this young on the thyroid meds.* JMO. Also what medications and/or supplement was/is he on? What is being used to treat the giardia?
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He was on Eukaneba for large breed puppies. He never really seemed to like it that much.. now he was on Medi Cal gastro for a week and as of today on Medi Cal adolescence. Seems to like it and that mixed with the antibiotics seem to have "firmed up" the poop. Can't remember the name of the medicine - will have to check it at home. Never thought I'd say that (this is my first dog!) but it's was so "enjoyable" to pick up firm poop!! First time in weeks... ha ha ha...
The vet said we'll put him on meds for 4 weeks for the thyroid, and then re-test again and we'll see, but as of right now, he has to have his thyroid levels increased as they are very very low. So we'll see how it goes. Thanks for all the info!
And Karina - any time we're game for a swim! Hope to see you around soon! Awesome pick, by the way! hee hee...
My Newfoundland/Huskie mix was about 1 1/2 when we found her and she had low thyroid. She has been on 8 mg of Thyrozine ever since. At first it was just one pill a day, then two and now that she's almost 8 years old, we just had to increase to 3 a day. My Chocolate Lab, Samson was about 8 yrs old when he got the low thyroid. The meds seem to be okay. They've never had any bad side effects. Be prepared for the increased activity level though. Dava went from being a complete couch potato to being rocket propelled when she saw a rabbit or something.
Also, the 10 yr old Yellow Lab, Hooch, that we just adopted has borderline numbers on the thyroid but doesn't have any symptons. Definitely not lethargic. I'm just going to keep an eye on him and if he does start to experience the symptoms I'll have him checked again. It's really just something you have to keep your eye on and know your dog well enough to know what's normal and what's not.
Good luck and give Saba lots of big sloppy kisses for me.
Thanks he gets so many hugs and kisses I think if he was a human boy, he'd finally say "eeeee...mom... stop it!!" lol..
he has good energy, but likes to sleep a lot. When i walk him on a leash, he tends to walk veeeeeery slooooowly sometimes (especially in the heat) but I know the minute I take him off the leash, he runs like crazy. Sneaky!
I've checked both websites that were recommended, as well as the web site for Medi Cal and it seems like the food will be low in fat and with good protein mix. Well, we'll have to watch him and see, hopefully he'll get much better and I can't wait for his beautiful coat to come back. I'll keep everyone posted! Thanks so much for all the info!