Mariya is going to the vet to be tested for hypothyroidism on the 24th. I'm a little concerned, not because she may have it, but just worried about her in general. I had a sibe with epilepsy, and a cat with liver disease, but I have never dealt with thyroid issues before. I'm sure it will be fine, and hopefully she doesn't have it. I know she can live a normal life with meds if she does, so I'm prepared for that. Anyone have any experience with this? I've googled the heck out of it, just like I did for Hailey with her epilepsy, and Desiree, with her liver disease. I don't need to be worried, right?
Thyroid problems are very common in both people and pets. The good news is that it's extremely easy to take care of, once you've had some blood tests and they've figured out what strength of medicine to give her.
It will probably take a few trips and a few blood tests, but that's good - you want them to be sure they've got her thyroid levels where they need to be.
My American Bull Roxie has thryoid problems. I give her 2 pills a day. Once they get the dosage right it's not a problem.
If your vet is willing you can get generic of the thyroid pills at www.petscriptions.com.
My vet has no problem with it when I'm giving her 2 pills a day for the rest of life. He knows it will help me save money. But unfortunately not all vets are the same so check with your vet once you have the dosage right to see if they'll accept the prescription order.
My moms dog (Bart) just got started on meds for thyroid. He was borderline when they tested so the vet said to try the meds for a bit and they were going to retest. I don't know if they plan on keeping him on it or what.
I gather from reading about it they start at about .1mg per 10lbs (for the kind he is on) and after several weeks adjust meds if needed.
***Edited By: beagle/basset on 7/9/2006 12:42:24 AM*** Reason: added info