January 11, 2008


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.

Thank you
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!


Amber-Mae said...

Oh, non of us have experienced Hyperthyroidism but we've heard this is a very common problem in Huskies. You can do more research on it online but I really do hope that it's not serious. I hope Summer will be fine soon...

Love licks,
Solid Gold Dancer

Anonymous said...

I have no advice to offer but hope Summer is ok.


-The Mullin Clan's Mommy- said...

After our Shanna had her ACL surgery, her fur did not grow back where they had shaved it over the surgical site from her hip down to her paw. The vet tested her blood & found that her thyroid wasn't working. Once they put her on the pills, her fur grew back. Once started, we had to keep her on them & get her blood tested every few months to make sure that her liver & levels were OK.

Marvin - Braveheart Hound said...

oh I have found you!

Your blog is beautiful and you are such beautiful Pups toooooo!

I think I know the answer to your problem you asked about - the dashboard one, I will email you shortly........blogger is confusing!

I have no experience or advice on the hyperthroidism, but I am sure there is somedog out there who has!

I have linked with you if thats ok?

love and licks, your friend Marvin xxxxxx