Temporary Blindness? A seizure?

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Re: Temporary Blindness? A seizure?

Postby Misskiwi67 » Tue Nov 30, 2010 6:28 pm

The soloxin is by far the best choice. The holistic remedies are not as consistent in manufacturing which could result in underdose or overdose of medications.

Did your vet do just a T4 or did they do a full panel with a TSH level? If it was just a Total T4 level, stress could be causing the low T4 and your dog may not need supplementation at all.

If a full panel was not done, I would recommend getting a full panel done at Michigan State before giving the medication. If you don't, you will likely be stuck giving medication for life.

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Re: Temporary Blindness? A seizure?

Postby Melody » Tue Nov 30, 2010 6:37 pm

Ok the bloodwork they did (thankfully I got a copy of the results...) is "IDEXX Total HealthT Plus-Standard CB":

Chem 27
T4
CBC Standard

I'd be lying if I said I knew what I was looking at with these results. I just look to keep copies of everything, for my records. I'll keep her on the Soloxin if that's the best thing for her. Thank you.

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Re: Temporary Blindness? A seizure?

Postby Melody » Tue Nov 30, 2010 6:51 pm

I do not see a TSH level on the results. Her T4 is 0.6 - she was very stressed out at the visit, especially when they brought her in the back for the blood draw.

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Re: Temporary Blindness? A seizure?

Postby Misskiwi67 » Wed Dec 01, 2010 12:14 am

Here's a link that better explains the disease and its manifestations... hypothyroidism is one of the most OVERdiagnosed diseases in canines, because its too easy to read the results without understanding the full manifestations of the disease.

http://www.VeterinaryPartner.com/Conten ... &C=0&A=461

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Re: Temporary Blindness? A seizure?

Postby Melody » Wed Dec 01, 2010 10:28 am

Misskiwi67 wrote:Here's a link that better explains the disease and its manifestations... hypothyroidism is one of the most OVERdiagnosed diseases in canines, because its too easy to read the results without understanding the full manifestations of the disease.

http://www.VeterinaryPartner.com/Conten ... &C=0&A=461


Thank you very much for that link. So can I ask that Maui have another type of test done to truly determine if she has this disease? I don't want to put her on meds if she doesn't really need them. That page mentions that 88% of the dogs with hypothyroid have a skin condition, Maui does not. 49% were obese and 48% were lethargic & inactive, Maui is definitely not either of those.

Here's a pic of her the day of her 'episode'
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Running around at the beach, jumping, playing in the water, chasing full speed after a tennis ball - not a lazy, inactive dog by any means.

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Re: Temporary Blindness? A seizure?

Postby HappyPuppy » Wed Dec 01, 2010 12:38 pm

I wonder if she could have ingested too much salt water and thrown off her electrolyte balances???

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Re: Temporary Blindness? A seizure?

Postby Melody » Wed Dec 01, 2010 1:11 pm

HappyPuppy wrote:I wonder if she could have ingested too much salt water and thrown off her electrolyte balances???


They were all watched closely, never saw them drink any saltwater. I guess it's always a possibility though.


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