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KODI'S THYROID

Some background....Kodi's weight had stabilized at about 17 lbs which was a good weight for him. I can't remember when I first noticed it, but he started to gain weight. I know for a time my Mom was feeding him when I was at work, so I told her to stop. Dogs don't need to eat cookies.

So, she stoped and Kodi was ok for a while, but then he started to gain again. I contacted Sabine and she recommended a plan for him. Kodi loved the food, but after about 3 weeks he only lost about 2 oz. He now weighs 22lbs and has so many folds he looks like a Sharpei. He also started snoring a lot and sounded like my husband who has sleep apnea.

No more fooling around - I took him to the vet yesterday and he did bloodwork. Just what we thought. His thyroid is not working. His numbers were so bad, the vet said they almost didn't register. All of his other results came back fine, thank godness. He is healthy except for his thyroid. I have to start him on meds tomorrow and have him retested in 2 wks. I'll keep you all posted.


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So good you found what's wrong. I hope the meds help him and things get on track soon. Good luck. You will get well soon, Kodi.


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Of all the many medical problems we can have, thyroid is one of the most treatable. I've had thyroid disease all my life and it just takes the right amount of meds to make it right if it's underactive. If overactive, which is harder to treat, not so easy and may require surgery. Since Kodi is gaining I assume it's hypo which is underactive.The downside is daily meds, which for a dog isn't great. But he should be just fine and live a long and happy life.
He won't feel bad or know that he's not perfectly normal.

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Thank heavens his other blood work is fine. Jasper started on Thyroid meds a few months ago. His was borderline, but his numbers are very good now on the meds. It is good you got it checked. the hardest thing is the scheduling for you... hour before or 3 hours after meals. Best if the doses are 12 hours apart, but more important (according to dr. Dodds) to be away from foods, as it binds to calcium. So the pills can can be given anywhere from 8-12 hours apart (knowing this really helped us) Also if you need to give the pill with something, she recommends squishing it in a mini marshmallow (no nutritional value...LOL), Jasper loves this. Feel better Kodi!




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I am glad that you found out what was wrong. You should give him spring water to
drink. If you have city water that is chlorinated/fluoridated those elements compete with iodine in the body and wins. The thyroid gland is one of many organs in the body that needs iodine.

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Thanks for the tips everyone. I don't know if this was just a natural occurence, or if my Mom feeding him too much sugar. Or the kelp I was giving him for his teeth. I'm just glad he can be helped. Gaining 5 lbs in a yr for a small dog is serious.

I had 1/2 my thyroid removed a few yrs ago. The meds made me feel worse, so I went off them and my remaining thyroid self-corrected.


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My thyroid "reset" itself, too, much to my doctors' surprise! I don't recommend my method, though. I contracted chicken pox at the ripe old age of 51! I went into a coma for 2 months -- and, when I woke up, voila - no more thyroid problems!! (Lots of other problems -- but my thyroid was working fine!)

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Yikes, Lorraine, that does not sound like a cure I would want to go through!

Michele, glad you found the cause of the weight gain and can do something to treat Kodi.

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Thanks for the tips everyone. I don't know if this was just a natural occurence, or if my Mom feeding him too much sugar. Or the kelp I was giving him for his teeth. I'm just glad he can be helped. Gaining 5 lbs in a yr for a small dog is serious.

I had 1/2 my thyroid removed a few yrs ago. The meds made me feel worse, so I went off them and my remaining thyroid self-corrected.
Who knows for sure but I'm dead set against kelp adding , they already get too much iodine with commercial diets as it is. Keep in mind Michele, that Jean Dodds is the best advice on this topic. If I had Thyroid issues with Molly , I would be consulting with her http://www.hemopet.org/ Sorry to hear this though , do keep us posted. You would enjoy Jean's book . The Canine Thyroid Epidemic.

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interesting... about kelp adding... Sabine has me doing this, is it okay for a dog not on a commercial diet??
I had 1/2 my throid removed in 2003 thought it could be cancerous. It wasn't, so I got to keep my other 1/2! it was able to do just fine on it's own until I got pregnant with my daughter. I had to go on synthetic thyroid and have been on it ever since.
I sure hope the meds help Kodi quickly!!

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