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I've been noticing some behavior changes in Conner lately. The last straw was the other weekend when Conner decided that his dumbell was terrifying. Every time I would pull my arm back to throw it he would duck, squint his eyes, and run away from me.

So I decided to go ahead and get his thyroid checked. And sure enough, results came back low and he'll need to be on medication. He's already on allergy shots, now we get to add a twice a day med. I do hope it helps him though, he's starting to get weird!
 

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awww the poor guy, I sure hope it helps him out!!
 

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Rusty had grown a little lethargic before I started him on his meds - and now he's like a 3 yr old!!!! Full of spirit and fun and happiness. I do believe you're going to see a tremendous difference.
 

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Glad you found out what the problem was and he is going to get better now.
 

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My Casey is on thyroid meds - they help a lot! Right now we are re-adjusting his dosage again as he is gaining weight and sometimes seems cranky!!

The allergies may lessen or even disappear once the thyroid issues are taken care of. 2 pills a day is not really that bad :) I just stick Casey's in the Peanut Butter that also contains his fish oil capsule and glucosamine ... he is 8 1/2 BTW and I have had other goldens on soloxine as well.

Thyroid supplementation is critical when hypothyroidism is present. Dogality, weight, coat, allergies, skin, heart etc are all affected and my Rowdy had larangeal paralysis at 12 1/2 - there is a strongly suspected link between thyroid and this as well.

Glad you found the problem and once Connor has been on the correct dosage for a month or so, you will see your dog coming back :)
 

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I hope the thyroid meds help Conner feel more like himself soon.

One suggestion that was given to me by my dogs' vet: give the meds about an hour before a meal or 3 hours after a meal to maximize the thyroid dose in their system. I guess the food interferes with absorption. Others have mentioned this as well in various threads/posts.

Once the medication is in your Conner's system if you notice changes in his behavior, fur, allergies, weight or energy you may need another thyroid test and adjust his levels. We recently did that with our younger guy when he started to put on a couple of pounds. His energy level is always high and we didn't notice a change there but the weight was creeping up despite lots of activity and exercise. Our older guy, at 12.5 years has never felt better and it makes me smile when I see him so happy and energetic.
 
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