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Good news about the weight loss, but at age 6 and with skin/ear issues-- I really think you should have a full thyroid panel run since weight gain, and skin/ear issues are classic symptoms of hypothyroidism. in addition, age 6 is a prime age for it to manifest itself too! You need a full panel, done by Michigan State or Dr. Dodds, to get a complete picture too.
I totally agree i have honestly had that in the back of my mind for sometime with him. But I know i tend to be a worrier too The vet assures me that since the weight is coming off with no problem that i shouldn't worry about it right now.... That being said thank you for the info. I am more than likely going to override my vet's advice in the coming months just because i want peace of mind

How do i go about getting Noah tested from them? Is it expensive?


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I am happy to report Noah has officially started getting a waistline back and is no longer a "snausage". Started at 94lbs and he is now 79.3lbs!! Only 4 or 5 more to go!!!

...and a side note of interest-- since tightening up his portions he is also shedding the 'selective listening' trait he adopted over the years when outside. Hardly have to call for him more than once to come in or obey! Amazing


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When you described the skin issues and the overweight, I immediately thought thyroid too.
Thyroid full panel testing: have your vet draw blood and either ask them to ship it or have them give it to you to ship to Dr Jean Dodds. I had it done last Feb and the prices had just gone up so I think it was around $80 (go online and you will find the price list) plus add in the cost of the blood draw and the shipping to the lab.
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When you described the skin issues and the overweight, I immediately thought thyroid too.
Thyroid full panel testing: have your vet draw blood and either ask them to ship it or have them give it to you to ship to Dr Jean Dodds. I had it done last Feb and the prices had just gone up so I think it was around $80 (go online and you will find the price list) plus add in the cost of the blood draw and the shipping to the lab.
Thank you for the info!


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