So I just recently moved in with my best friend and her furkid Jersey who's an eleven month old miniature dachshund. Anyway Jersey is around 6-7 pounds yet eats constantly (about 3/4 c. of Evangers a day plus little things here and there) she also has a bald spot on her tail and the side of her back leg not to mention the hair that was shaved when she got fixed in Dec. hasn't grown back. So I was googling a little today and I'm begining to wonder if she has hyperthyroidism. I know it's very rare in dogs but all of her symptoms seem to point to that. Does anyone have any other ideas of comments on what it might be? She's not in any pain or anything and plays, sleeps, etc. normally just curious on other's thoughts. Sorry for making this so long! Thanks in advance!
Hyperthyroidism in dogs is rare. Maybe you are confusing it with hyperadrenocorticism (also known as Cushing's Disease) or hypoadrenocorticism (also know as Addison's Disease). Dachshunds are one of the breeds that Cushings is seen in more so than other breeds but your friends doxie doesn't sound like it has either of these. Any thyroid issue can very easily be found with a simple blood test. Does the dog itch at all? The areas you mentioned of no fur are typical areas where dogs lick and chew at themselves due to fleas, allergies, etc.. Do you ever see her doing any of this? I would suggest taking her for a vet check because so many things caught early on can be resolved easily and cheaper than waiting until it has become a worse problem. It is nice of you to be concerned for your friends dog. Oh, has she been wormed, and what with? If not I would suggest worming her, preferably with panacur for 3 days in a row or just take a stool sample to the vet for a parasite check. The hunger/weight issue could be due to worms.
No I meant hyperthyroidism, like I said I realize it's rare but not impossible and from what I've read hypothyroidism is somewhat common in doxie's so even though it's the opposite effect it still seems possible to me. I have never seen her lick or scratch at any of the said places and I'm with her most of the day. She truly seems fine other wise she just has a never-ending appetite and the hair loss not to mention she's a bit hyper active and gets cold in 50 degree weather. I do plan on having a blood test in when we go in for our heartguard and whatnot and thanks so much for the info I did check out both of those dieses but I don't think that's what it is. P.S. of course I'm worried about her she's my niece and god dog lol
Well, rare certainly doesn't mean impossible. Best to have it checked out. I once had a beagle puppy who became very ill. Turned out that she started out with Addisons disease but the vet did not test her for that because it "was uncommon" to see it in a 12 week old puppy. UOP tested her and and bingo, that was the beginning of our nightmare. Had it been caught early things may have turned out different.