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Thyroid Issues
« on: May 27, 2006, 06:05:53 AM »
Dr. Jean Dodds/HEMOPET
http://www.itsfortheanimals.com/HEMOPET.HTM

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The main reason for sending Dr. Jean Dodds / HEMOPET  the blood samples instead of having the testing done locally, is that HEMOPET is the only group routinely offering expert clinical interpretive diagnostic comments that take into account the age, sex, and breed type of the animal.  This often means an expected normal reference range for an individual pet that differs from the test lab's generic broad reference range. Practitioners usually are unaware of these differences, which have been established by published research and Dr. Dodds' many years (41 years this year- 2005) of clinical and research experience.


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The COMPLETE Thyroid Panel is needed for an ACCURATE diagnosis and assessment of Thyroid Function.  Dr. Dodds' Thyroid Panel # D8T provides the values for: T3, T4, free T3, free T4, T3 Autoantibodies and T4 Autoantibodies.

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Most labs do not do a complete thyroid panel and that is why there are only a handful that are certified to submit results to OFA for their thyroid ratings.
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Re: Thyroid Issues
« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2006, 06:10:26 AM »
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Influence of age, breed type, and athletic conditioning on thyroid function testing
Previous studies have established that thyroid hormone concentrations are higher in healthy young and adolescent animals, and lower in geriatric animals. Similarly, healthy toy and small breed dogs have higher metabolic rates and higher basal thyroid concentrations than large or giant breed dogs. Sighthounds as a group have lower resting thyroid hormone concentrations, and values in healthy sighthounds often fall just below the laboratory reference ranges.
http://www.antechdiagnostics.com/clients/antechnews/2005/sep05_03.htm


 
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Re: Thyroid Issues
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2006, 06:15:26 AM »

Canine Autoimmune Thyroid Disease
by W. Jean Dodds, DVM
http://www.itsfortheanimals.com/DODDS-CANINE-AI-THYROID.HTM

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The most common cause of canine thyroid disease is autoimmune thyroiditis (estimated 90% of cases). Thyroiditis is an immune-mediated process that develops in genetically susceptible individuals and is characterized by the presence of antithyroid antibodies in the blood or tissues. Thyroiditis is believed to start in most cases around puberty, and gradually progress through mid-life and old age to become clinically expressed hypothyroidism once thyroid glandular reserve has been depleted. During this process, the animal or person becomes more susceptible to immune-mediated or other diseases affecting various target tissues and organs. The prerequisite genetic basis for susceptibility to this disorder has been in established in humans, dogs and several other species.


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W. Jean Dodds, DVM, is an internationally recognized authority on thyroid issues in dogs and blood diseases in animals.  In the mid-1980's she founded Hemopet, the first nonprofit blood bank for animals. Dr. Dodds is a grantee of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, and author of over 150 research publications.  Through Hemopet she provides canine blood components and blood-bank supplies throughout North America, consults in clinical pathology, and lectures worldwide.


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Re: Thyroid Issues
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2006, 10:11:43 AM »
Behavioral Issues with Thyroiditis
By W. Jean Dodds, DVM


Current Behavioral Issues

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In recent years, clinicians have noted the sudden onset of behavioral changes in dogs around the time of puberty or as young adults. Most of the animals have been purebreds or crossbreeds with an apparent predilection for certain breeds. Neutering these animals usually does not alter the symptoms and the behaviors may even intensify. Many of these dogs belong to certain breeds or dog families susceptible to a variety of immune problems and allergies (e.g. Golden Retriever, Akita, Rottweiler, Doberman Pinscher, English Springer Spaniel, Shetland Sheepdog, and German Shepherd Dog). The clinical signs in these animals, before they show the sudden onset of behavioral aggression, can include minor problems such as inattentiveness, fearfulness, seasonal allergies, skin and coat disorders (e.g. pyoderma, allergic inhalant or ectoparasite dermatitis, alopecia, and intense itching). These may be early subtle signs of thyroid dysfunction, with no other typical signs of thyroid disease being manifested.

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Chip W. - Parsons Jack Russell terrier, 7 year-old neutered male. Mood swings, aggression towards the owners, dry flaky, greasy skin and itching. Seven days after the diagnosis of hypothyroidism the dog's behavior totally changed; he no longer attacks household members and the scratching has significantly diminished.

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Sherman C. - Cocker spaniel, 6 year-old intact male. This dog becomes easily excited and agitated during thunderstorms and other periods of noise, such as fire crackers. During these episodes he vocalizes, paces constantly, and cannot be touched. Diagnosed with autoimmune thyroiditis, he is now on twice daily thyroxine and once daily melatonin. His temperament is normal and his noise phobia appears to be under control.

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http://www.malamutehealth.org/hypothyroid/thyroid_behavior_3.htm
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Re: Thyroid Issues
« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2007, 07:51:51 PM »
Wish it was that easy for Arrow. But he is on thyroid but it has not helped his behavioral issues that get worse each year..  heat sensitivity proness to allergy and a host of other issues are often not magically cured by a thyroid med when they have hypothyroidism.. Then they put the dogs on prednisone and really mess their immune system up even more. If I ever get another young dog with thyroid issues I wont bother to complete the training on that dog. The breeders think thyroid is no big issue but in a working dog it is. .  
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Re: Thyroid Issues
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2007, 08:43:51 PM »
Arrow this spring had started showing problems with the thyroid meds. ( Vomiting and extreme agitation.) I pulled him completely off everything and he stabilized about 6 weeks after going off of it all. He is a bit on the thin side but his agitation is gone and he is back to being a mellow sweet even if hyper dog with poor concentration. But the thing is his concentration has improved. And his reflex startle nipping issue has dissapeared. It is like he has dropped mentally to where he was 2 years ago and even can work a bit long as the temperature is not above 80 degrees. ( i live in a cool climate at 9,000 feet elevation) I started running him through his skills and he is able to remember and do ALL of them now. The heat intolerance was the same as when I had him on meds BUT he has not had one single instance of heat stroke issues since I pulled him off all the meds. We cant figure out what the deal is because his thyroid is still low . But physically and mentally he is doing better off of the meds. He does not get skin issues with his condition at least and does not have the itching or any of the usual symptoms of thyroid and never gets fat.  The heat intolerance and the inability to gain weight are his main issues right now. He has the brain damage from the heat strokes he had when the temps up here rose above 80 last year.
 But i am so glad he is at least able to do some of the home tasks and not be a liability now. That startle responce issue was really making me consider putting him down
 So I did the only thing left I could do to see where he was at baseline and he suprised me by a massive improvement mentally and somewhat physically.

The only thing I did differently was put him on Wisp's food because it is nutritionally dense so he does not have to eat much to keep his weight up. . 
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Re: Thyroid Issues
« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2007, 02:51:47 AM »
Wow, how is Arrow doing now?  What breed is he?
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Re: Thyroid Issues
« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2007, 11:58:32 AM »
Arrow is a chesapeake bay retriever .He is doing ok right now . We had a wet cool summer so he did not have any heat stroke issues .  But I cant take him below this elevation where temps would be over 80 or it can kill him.. It is a struggle to keep his weight above very thin. He just cant seem to get his weight to where it should be . He weights in at 60 to 62 and should be at 70 to 75 lbs for his type and structure.
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Re: Thyroid Issues
« Reply #8 on: September 11, 2007, 08:54:08 PM »
Yikes, so sorry to hear that.  I had a mini doxie who was very hard to keep weight on, I know it can be a struggle. 
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