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I wanted to update this thread, as I often search old threads and find them really helpful!
As it turns out Eddie was indeed severely hypothyroid. I noticed a bald spot on his tail in addition to his nose and took him back for blood work....and they couldn’t even get any thyroid hormone to register when they tested him! So we’ve been medicating him since and within a week or two of putting him on meds we saw a massive increase in his energy level....it was wonderful!
Over the winter we continued to struggle with separation anxiety, and really timid and fearful behaviours so we made the decision along with our vet to try some medication. We started with situational Diazepam, but it wasn’t that helpful, and moved to daily Prozac. My oh my what a difference! Eddie came out of his fearful shell and just enjoys life so much more now. He greets people when they come to our house now (he never had any interest in people other than me previously), he can stay home with my husband and kids when I go out and not drive them crazy barking and pacing. He enjoys getting out for walks, and even acknowledges and greets other dogs at the dog park now...something he never did before as he was so preoccupied with staying near me out of fear that I would up and leave him there.
I know not everyone is in support of meds, and I know they certainly aren’t right for every dog, but for our Eddie, with his recent rescue and a past we know very little about, it has given him a new lease on life and I am so glad we decided to give them a try!
We are hopeful that in 6mos or a year we can taper him off of them, but for now they are the right solution for our situation.
Anyway, here’s a pick from today on the deck at the lake. You can see all the hair regrowth that has happened on his nose. Our groomer was just thrilled!!