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Are there any older Havs out there?

It does not look like there is much activity on the Older Havs forum. Most posts are about young dogs or puppies. Just wondering if there are other older Hav owners out there. My Mia will turn 11 soon. She is my first dog and I just wondered if owners with older Havs have any particular tips or advice for me or things to watch out for. Thank you.
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Our Danny is only 7.5 years old. I never really think of him being old as he usually acts like a young dog. I think that is one of the traits of the Havanese breed really.

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My Hav is one, but Iím interested in this too since Sally is my first Havenese. My previous dog was a cocker spaniel, Lucy. I was familiar with cockers and prepared for the health issues. The big surprise was doggie dementia at age 11 or 12. Luckily it progressed slowly. I think dementia may be an issue with any breed though. So far, fingers crossed, Sally is very healthy. By this age, Lucy was already on an ear regime because she nearly always had an ear infection.


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Eddie will be 11 in a few weeks. He has hypothyroidism and anxiety, but otherwise is a very healthy dog. What are some common ailments for older havís that itís wise to watch out for?
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Eddie will be 11 in a few weeks. He has hypothyroidism
I was wondering if the vet did a full thyroid panel on Eddie to diagnose his hypothyroidism? My 11 year old Mia started having a slightly lower T4 two years ago, however I do full thyroid panels via Hemopet on her as well and they show that the thyroid is normal. I understand that some older dogs can get a lower T4, however that does not always mean hypothyroidism. However, some vets assume hypothyroidism just on T4 alone. Jean Doddís has some good articles on hypothyroidism and is very knowledgeable.
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I’m not sure if theyve run a full panel or not. I do however know that his levels were low enough that they didn’t even really register...and he was very symptomatic with lethargy and hair loss which all resolved with treatment. So I feel very confident he was indeed hypothyroid! But thanks for the info, I appreciate your concern.
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Iím not sure if theyve run a full panel or not. I do however know that his levels were low enough that they didnít even really register...and he was very symptomatic with lethargy and hair loss which all resolved with treatment. So I feel very confident he was indeed hypothyroid! But thanks for the info, I appreciate your concern.
I have heard that hypothyroidism is very common in dogs these days...not sure if more common in certain breeds. Is he on medicine? Do these help him? I thought the medications are supposed to be very effective.
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I have heard that hypothyroidism is very common in dogs these days...not sure if more common in certain breeds. Is he on medicine? Do these help him? I thought the medications are supposed to be very effective.
yes it is more common now. Dodds has a book on it. More here https://www.hemopet.org/thyroid-disorders-facts-pets/
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I have heard that hypothyroidism is very common in dogs these days...not sure if more common in certain breeds. Is he on medicine? Do these help him? I thought the medications are supposed to be very effective.
He is on meds...they are very effective, and as a bonus very inexpensive.
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