Thyroid Tests

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Postby Maryellen » Wed Feb 04, 2009 11:00 am

if he can do one in house, fine, BUT have him send out the blood for ALL the tests even the one he does in house (tell him to take extra blood ) so that this way the lab will do all the thyroid tests, and even if the vet does one inhouse, the lab can redo it to make sure its right, along with the other tests.. when it comes to the thryoid test, you have to make sure of the results, as you can get a false positive or false negative...

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Postby Misskiwi67 » Wed Feb 04, 2009 11:10 am

If the total T4 is normal, there is something like a 90% (I'd have to look it up to get real numbers) chance that your pups thyroid is normal and you'll save about 300 dollars on a full thyroid panel if you use it as a screening test.

If its low, then insist on a full panel. Hypothyroid is one of the most over-diagnosed diseases in veterinary medicine. There are thousands of dogs on thyroid supplementation who probably don't need it. It doesn't hurt anything, but thyroid is often a red herring for other underlying problems as the thyroid is very sensitive based on how the rest of the body is functioning.

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Postby luvnstuff » Wed Feb 04, 2009 4:51 pm

Hi Allie,
I recently had Woody tested due to some medical issues he was having..well is having.
There is a thyroid profile that is sent to MSU , it covers the tests that Pblove posted..

Common ones are the TSH and T3 and T4 , but to get into the antibodies that is the bigger "panel".

I think Woodys panel was about 95.00 which really for all the testing isnt to bad I didnt think.

(woodys was fine.. btw)

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Postby Allie » Wed Feb 04, 2009 6:24 pm

Glad Woody's ok!

I'll have our vet check the cost for me of sending it all to MSU. If it is too much $ right now, I will just have him do the T4 in house.
Based on his results, I'll decide whether or not to have it send to MSU too.

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Postby Allie » Tue Feb 17, 2009 10:03 am

Sidda goes in for testing tonight.

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Postby Allie » Tue Feb 17, 2009 3:15 pm

The guy here at my work who is in charge of blood samples, etc. Gave me tubes and told me I can bring the blood samples here tomorrow and have him run them in our VetScan (for TT4) and he also suggested doing a CBC at this time too (for free).... What do you think?

I'm still thinking of having my vet run the TT4 because we could discuss results right then... but it is like $50.

I'll have the guy at work do the CBC regardless.

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Postby Allie » Tue Feb 17, 2009 6:44 pm

I took Sid to the vet and had him draw blood for me. He doesn't think we're going to see anything abnormal with the thyroid, so he felt that if I could have the TT4 and CBC tests run for free at work, I should do that. They will run them tomorrow and then I will email results to my vet for further discussion.

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Postby ilikelily » Tue Feb 17, 2009 6:57 pm

free is always good!

Good luck with the results.

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Postby pitgrrl » Wed Feb 18, 2009 12:44 pm

Any results yet?

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Postby Allie » Wed Feb 18, 2009 12:45 pm

Yep, sorry-- I posted it in a new topic about her CBC.

TT4 came back normal.

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Postby mamapit311 » Sat Mar 21, 2009 6:20 pm

Talking about the thyroid my Dog has been on Rimadyl.The Vet took a blood test his thyroid was low so, she put him on L Thyroxine.

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Postby Roxers » Sun Mar 22, 2009 10:53 pm

Do you know which levels were low? Did she check totalT4 (TT4), TSH, and freeT4 (fT4)? Hypothyroidism is one of the most overdiagnosed diseases in dogs. You need at least two of the three mentioned hormone levels to be low to really justify putting them on medication. Luckily, thyroid hormone is easily metabolized, so supplementing with excess usually doesn't cause harm in dogs.


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