It's Summer's Mom here just wanting to tell you about Sum's visit to the vet.
She went to the vet this morning to get some bloods done to see what her thyroid levels are as I suspect she has an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism). She's showing lots of the symptoms - weight increase, lethargy, constantly losing her coat/thinning & lack of undercoat, dry skin, a bit irritable at times, skin discolouration, obsession with food. They are testing her T4 levels, we should have the results back in the next week.
Do any of you have experience with hypothyroidism? I am wondering if testing the T4 levels is enough to make an accurate diagnosis? Also I have done some internet research and there are some natural remedies - PetAlive Thyro-Pet, Native Remedies Thyroid Assist etc. These aren't available in New Zealand but I am wondering how effective they are and if it would be worth me importing some? The other option is one of the synthetic thyroid medications that vets prescribe, which they are on for the rest of their lives.
If anyone has experience with thyroid problems and can make suggestions or help me I would really appreciate it.
Aleeya, Sum & Prince
P.S. The needle was tiny.....Sum bum sure was exaggerating! She wasn't exaggerating though about not liking her little outing to see the doctor......she really showed her insecure/unconfident side!