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Thyroid problem?

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I'm brand new to the forum. I've got a nine year old Havanese who had been very healthy until the last year or so. She came from a good breeder in NC and her parents were tested for the major stuff. This year has been pretty tough though. Both her back legs have Grade 3 luxating patellas. We were able to put off surgery for now by getting her to lose weight. She's way oversized (23 pounds--still has 3-5 pounds to lose).

Yesterday she went in to get her teeth cleaned (needed eight extractions) and (what I thought was) a small lump removed from her neck. I picked her up and she had a 2" incision. The lump is being biopsied and I'm figuring because of the holidays I won't get the results for a while, but I'm suspicious about her thyroid given her weight issues (she eats about half of what my eight pound Bichon eats) and where this lump was. I've read hypothyroidism is a health concern with Havaneses. Anyway, just looking for others' experiences.
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My sister's rescue, Cav-Doxie mix, was over weight, low energy, thin hair. She was diagnosed with low thyroid and put on medication and you wouldn't believe that it's the same dog! Nina has lost weight, grown a gorgeous coat and has a new active life style! It is really amazing the difference being on thyroid medication has made for this fog! I hope all works out for your girl.


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if you are concerned have your vet check her. Hemopet has the best testing methods for hypothyroidism. She needs a proper diet with a certified nutritionist as well. and regular visits to check her teeth. and overall health. She needs twice annual regular visits for the rest of her life. Here is info on Hemopet Hemopet Canine Blood Bank, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory & Greyhound Rescue, Dr. Dodds hypothyroidism is a concern in Havanese and in dogs goes undetected quite often. It is becoming a chronic problem with many dogs. It is quite treatable.

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My sister's rescue, Cav-Doxie mix, was over weight, low energy, thin hair. She was diagnosed with low thyroid and put on medication and you wouldn't believe that it's the same dog! Nina has lost weight, grown a gorgeous coat and has a new active life style! It is really amazing the difference being on thyroid medication has made for this fog! I hope all works out for your girl.
Snowball's got a really thick coat and isn't low energy although definitely nothing like she was a few years ago. But glad to know if this happens to be the problem there's a decent prognosis! And happy your sister's dog is doing so well
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if you are concerned have your vet check her. Hemopet has the best testing methods for hypothyroidism. She needs a proper diet with a certified nutritionist as well. and regular visits to check her teeth. and overall health. She needs twice annual regular visits for the rest of her life. Here is info on Hemopet Hemopet Canine Blood Bank, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory & Greyhound Rescue, Dr. Dodds hypothyroidism is a concern in Havanese and in dogs goes undetected quite often. It is becoming a chronic problem with many dogs. It is quite treatable.
My vet's really good so she'll figure this out. I was just wondering while I'm anxiously awaiting biopsy results. Glad it treatable. Thanks for your insight!
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I know what h*** the waiting to hear can be. And it's nice to have this resource of other Havanese parents to bounce off of while you wait!
Just remember the majority of lumps are nothing bad. Where on her neck was the lump?
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I know what h*** the waiting to hear can be. And it's nice to have this resource of other Havanese parents to bounce off of while you wait!
Just remember the majority of lumps are nothing bad. Where on her neck was the lump?
It's great to have this resource. I've already been through something similar with my 14 year old Bichon this year. Unfortunately her lump was a soft tissue sarcoma and the vet couldn't get clean margins. I didn't expect her to live until Christmas but thankfully she's still around and doing well. Snowball's lump was on the left side of her neck about and inch or two above where her chest would start. I really thought it was just a tiny lump and they did aspirate it earlier this year and I thought it was mainly filled with blood. But the incision was much bigger than I expected. Of course I certainly hope the vet got all of whatever it was and she would tell me if she hadn't.
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I got great news tonight that the lump they removed was benign! It was filled with blood and common--I forget what it's called. Unfortunately Snowball scratched out most of her stitches by Monday and had fluid under the incision so the had to re-stitch her and she's wearing a cone of shame. Still think she looks darn cute.
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That is WONDERFUL news! Bet you will sleep better tonight. She is totally adorable as a lamp shade.
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What a relief! Feel better soon, Snowball.



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