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Old 03-26-2015, 12:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My dog has hypothyroidism. She went bald in a lot of spots. Our first vet kept treating the symptoms each separately, instead thinking it was her thyroid. She got a second opinion and a correct diagnosis. All her fur (except on the back on one leg) grew back. Last time she got her thyroid checked, it was slightly more active than it should have been, but not enough to change her med dose. She's doing great on all other aspects of her health.

Here's my question: She's shedding so much. I swear it's more than she did when her thyroid was good. My family thinks it's normal for this time of year. And I am a hypochondriac on her behalf. I would take her in, but she was in not too long ago, and it's very stressful on her. How do I know when it's normal and when I should worry? She doesn't have any bald patches (yet).

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if the meds are off the hair will think symmetrically along her sides. Check her nose and foot pads for 'extra'. Banshee had what looked like callouses on her pads when her meds were off and thin hair on her sides. If you are in doubt, have a thyroid check done. It's cheap.
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What are you feeding?
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Ok.

You might to look at this. She is not getting enough nutrition to feed her hair, and that is why it's falling out.

Check and see what is in it, then see if you can find a food you can afford that is more nutritious.
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Our Boxer ate Purina and the only time she lost hair was when her thyroid med needed adjusted. While Purina may not be a great food, it still has follow federal guidelines on nutrition. Personally, I think it's dangerous to give a diagnosis like the food isn't good enough when it's known there is a medical condition that could most likely be causing the hair loss.

OP - go get her thyroid retested. If I remember correctly, she's only been on it a few months and she should be tested to ensure its the correct dosage.
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Old 03-26-2015, 08:17 PM   #8 (permalink)
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It could also be due to the time of year. My 2.5 year old girl is shedding like crazy right now, a lot more than usual and a lot of other people I know with GSD's are going through a similar situation where their dogs are blowing their undercoats to get ready for the warmer weather.

It could also be a combination of both too! So please do make sure you get her thyroid tested so you can adjust her meds if need be.

Good luck and try not to worry too much, Shepherds are notorious shedders.
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Our Boxer ate Purina and the only time she lost hair was when her thyroid med needed adjusted. While Purina may not be a great food, it still has follow federal guidelines on nutrition. Personally, I think it's dangerous to give a diagnosis like the food isn't good enough when it's known there is a medical condition that could most likely be causing the hair loss.

OP - go get her thyroid retested. If I remember correctly, she's only been on it a few months and she should be tested to ensure its the correct dosage.
The only one to give a diagnosis should be a vet.

I thought it was a given that the thyroid would be treated and taken care of, given that OP knows the dog has a problem with it.

If the thyroid is OK, then changing food might be helpful. Changing food to something better may be a good idea anyway.
Federal guidelines... Having dogs eat corn... all these agencies and their ever-changing nutritional guides... Well, that is another discussion entirely.
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I guess I will have to get it checked. I just didn't want to, because her last blood test was a short time ago (and it was good), and it stresses her out.

We tried other, better food, but this seems to be the only one that doesn't give her diarrhea. Maybe we should ask if that's an issue, too.
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