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What can you all tell me (or refer me to reading material) about hypothroidism in greyhounds? Smokey has had blood work and will likely be on medication. His hair loss has been rapid, but otherwise doesn't show any symptons. He's only four, so I hope the medication will help him.

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First of all, many vets don't recommend treating in the absence of symptoms beyond hair loss, since lots of greys have hair loss. Personally, I didn't start treating until we saw behavioral issues.

 

That said, if you're going to treat him, put him on the name brand, Soloxine. In my experience, when you go for the generics, they change them up all the time and it causes all kinds of problems (biting and throwing up in my case). Other people report that the Soloxine is more effective than the generics, even if you can keep him on the same generic all the time.

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Did he have a full thyroid panel including TSH?

 

http://animalhealth.msu.edu/Sections/Endocrinology/Thyroid_Canine.php

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Jay, he had T4, Free T4 and TSH. One of my greyhound friends is a vet (they have at least 10 currently) and I shared the results with her yesterday. He definitely needs to be on meds. What changes can I expect in him?

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I had a mutt who had to go on thyroid meds. His coat had gone from a nice, normal smooth coat to very coarse and rough seemingly over night. Once he was on meds, his coat gradually returned to its normal state.

 

There was no other change, as he has no other symptoms.

 

My mother has no thyroid. She had hers removed. She takes Synthroid and it doesn't do anything to her--but if she stops taking it, she loses weight.


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Patrick grew his fur in mostly, stopped urinating excessively (no messes in the house, just the output was insane), and some aggression issues we were having vanished (he bit me a couple of times, no one else thankfully).

 

Until we learned they were switching around the generics and moved him over to Soloxine, he would throw up and occasionally snap (still only at me, go figure) until we got him back on track. If I end up with another dog with thyroid issues, I'll go straight to the Soloxine.

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