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Ali was put on soloxine, .4 mg. once a day, about 6 weeks ago (he was diagnosed with hypothyroidism). We immediately noticed he seemed to become "jumpy". He's always been very laid-back, nothing ever bothered or startled him. Now he jumps at the least sound. I mentioned it to the vet and he said it's not one of the side effects. Has anyone else noticed this with their dog, I know greyhounds react differently to some medications.

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Curfew is on 0.7 mg/daily, and he is far from jumpy :-)) He DOES have a bit more energy, but not too much. He seems normal to me. He IS a HUGE food hound, though, more-so than the others, and I do attribute that to the Soloxine.

 

As Claudia mentioned, if he is THAT "jumpy," the dosage maybe too high. I'd ask the vet about cutting the dose in half, and then, in six weeks, get his thyroid functions checked again.

 

Hoping this helps, and hope your boy feels better soon!

 

p.s. I see he has been on that Soloxine for six weeks, right? Might be time to have the thyroid functions checked, so you can see what is going on. Good Luck!

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Sounds like too much--probably time to check blood levels. I'm trying to remember back to years ago, but that sounds like a high starting dose to me--anyone else?

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Did he have a full thyroid panel for diagnosis?

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Batmom is right. First you need to be really sure he is in fact hypothyroidal. One vet diagnosed him as hypo had me give it to Goldie for years(lots of blood tests in the interim) and when he later went to a more "educated" vet it was clear he hadn't even needed it in the first place! The more educated vet gave me a protocol to wean him off it which I did and he never took it- or needed it- again. Hope you get to the bottom of it because it is real important for his longterm welfare. smile.gif

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Yes, make sure your vet is aware that greyhounds have lower thyroid levels than other dogs and have it checked again.

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When Julio was first put on Soloxine, my vet had me bring him back every month to have bloodwork done to make sure the dosage was correct. It took 3 or 4 months to get it right. I agree, the dosage may just be too high. Jumpiness/overactivity is a symptom of hyperthyroidism.

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Thanks for the info! Ali's thyroid levels were checked a month after starting soloxine, and the vet said they were still too low, which is when he increased the dose to .4 mg. I gave him Dr. Dodd's printout on thyroid levels in greyhounds. The vet even went on Dr. Dodd's website. Ali's T-4 levels are still in the low range even for greyhounds. When I described him as "jumpy", I meant more nervous, not more active. He's always been very active. The nervousness started immediately after getting the first dose of soloxine. Originally I brought him to the vet for limping (he's still limping occasionally) and was surprised at the hypothyroid diagnosis, as he wasn't showing any symptoms. Maybe the prednisone he's on is reacting to the the soloxine? He's back to the vet in 2 weeks to test levels again, I'm sure I'll have a lot more questions for him, thanks to all of you!

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