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Old Yesterday, 11:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Possible Hypothyroidism

My German Shepherd started walking slower and we assumed something was wrong with her hips. Our vet suggested getting xrays done to see if she had hip dysplasia, but we would have to do it somewhere where they could do the surgery. I called around. One vet suggested it was hypothyrodism. That would explain her walking slow and being lethargic. It would explain her sudden and extreme weight gain. It could even explain her skin issues (she's starting to bald in some spots and her skin feels greasy). I looked it up and it said it causes mega-esophagus, which would even explain her throwing up at night. What do you guys think? Has anyone ever experienced hypothyroidism? They say the risk is low in German Shepherds, although she may be mixed with something else. She has a vet appointment to get an exam and blood test on August 1st.
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All of those are hallmark signs of hypothyroidism. A blood test couldn't hurt and the actual treatment is really rather inexpensive.
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MegaE is a congenital disease. So I doubt a thyroid issue would cause that.

Walking slow is not a symptom unless they are attributing that to lethargy, which is a symptom.

Weight gain, patchy hair loss and greasy skin were symptoms for Banshee. Hypothyroidism is not rare in any dog. And it's not a big deal. You give a pill daily (that is fairly inexpensive) and monitor blood work every 6-12 months.
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Oh, I read on a site that megaesophagus was related to hypothyroidism, but you can't trust everything online. Thanks so much guys! I'm really hoping that's what it is.
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How old is the dog?
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Hi DoggyMom! It would be well worth it to have your vet send a blood sample in to Dr. Jean Dodds at Hemopet for the Thyroid Profile 5 testing ($95.00 =T4, free T4, T3, free T3, TgAA), or maybe even a Thyroid Profile 5 PLUS ($160.00= WHOLE BLOOD & SERUM NEEDED. T4, free T4, T3, free T3, TgAA - PLUS CBC, Differential, Chemistries) instead of the regular lab he uses. Read about it here: Hemopet Hemolife Thyroid Testing Click on the "Test Request" at the bottom of this page for instructions.

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Oh, I read on a site that megaesophagus was related to hypothyroidism, but you can't trust everything online. Thanks so much guys! I'm really hoping that's what it is.
Yes, mega-E can be related to low thryoid, but isn't always. And low thryoid doesn't always exhibit in mega-e symtpoms. Thyroid is important to check when you are seeing all the symptoms that you are seeing.

I would strongly recommend the Thyroid 5 panel from Dodds. I would caution you against any vet that adds the TSH in the panel, since it doesn't reflect the condition of the thyroid in about 30% of the cases and most vets don't get that. The TSH may be included, but be warned against a vet that doesn't know how deceptive it can be....
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Lola my 6yo gsd girl has thyroid and the symptoms sound very similar, to treat she is on Oroxine twice a day, one in the morning and one in evening. I crush the pill under a teaspoon and mix with something yummy like raw meat and give to her. I am able to manage it fairly we'll except it does flare up when seasons change so I just increase the oroxine by 1/2 a pill. I also give her 1/2 a macrolone twice a week. She will require these meds for life
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