Thyroid in older dogs

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yes seizures in older dogs can occur for many reasons.
My question is how do most older dogs with untreated Cushing's begin to fail? I would really like to minimize any suffering in his final days. Right now, I am red-flagging every little twitch and thinking if I knew what to expect, I could calm down a little and hopefully not send any frightened messages to Spartacus. He is currently on Proin to control his urine accidents and that has worked for a few months now. Would just really prefer to look at him with joy rather than fear these days.
There could be a few things going on here. Thyroid should be checked along with regular blood panel but there are types of Alopecia X that could be it. Sometimes related to sex hormones or adrenal issues. First make sure you have a good vet or specialist like a dermatologist. Or ask you vet to call and consult with a vet dermatologist so he or she knows exactly which tests you need and what treatment to use.
'cause he was younger than me and looked 12) was younger, my surgeon (and maybe yours too??) is much younger, my endo is much older. But the one thing they all have in common . . . they stay up to date and current on all of the latest medical research and advances. What I *hate* is doctors with the "I know it all" god-complex. They need to be put into AR-10's blender. Hey, you guys were talking about proms? Remember "Footloose?
I did lose some once I got on thyroid meds and then the Topamax, but lately got it all back..... I was able to get in a pool post op...not floating in tubes as that can affect the neck.....but my sister bought me a floating chair with a head rest....and I do walk around the pool to burn off calories.....oh and I had to buy a new suit so I had one I fit in too...I don't care, I have to is for that more so then bathing suit style and
I have a continuous problem with thick mucous in my throat. I must clear my throat a hundred times a day. My larnyx gets so full of the thick mucous that I almost choke and it causes my eyes to water. When this happens I hack up about a quarter cup of the stuff. I went to an ENT specialist who diagnosed sinusitis due to restricted airflow because of a deviated septum. After two surgeries for this there is no improvment. I've tried Musinex and steroid nose sprays. Nothing seems to help.
I'm guessing with the name magnolia and raining, u must be in the south! Lol. It's raining cats and dogs here in Georgia and I hate it! Wow girl u have done so much on day 2 that I don't think I could have handled so do not ever say you're not a strong lady!! I hate all your primping got washed away lol! That's okay, I'm sure you'll be beautified for work tomorrow!! I'll be thinking about ya! I know you're gonna do great! I'm SO proud of u!
told us that there were no nodules, thyroid does not look enlarged on physical exam, but the continued no level reading of TSH and the numbers from the thryroid (sorry, I am new to this and couldn't follow all the details, but I'm going to get a book to try to get more of a handle on it) indicated that it was a generalized disorder in the thyroid that was overproducing thyroid hormones (as opposed to a problem with her pituatary gland or a pseudo-thyroid condition). I am told the .5 mg.
He pants a lot and we live next door to two very terretorial barking big dogs; he sometimes runs right back in the house when they bark at him even though he is bigger (but much older!).
My mother took Bendectin when she was pregnant with me in 1976. I have two older sisters and one younger sister. Mine was the only of my mother's pregnancies in which Bendectin was taken. None of my sisters has had any difficulting in becoming pregnant nor carrying their babies to full term. I, on the other hand, have had countlesss problems with infertility and miscarriages. Coincidence?
I interpret the problem to be hair loss, and you are concerned that that reason is due to retained testicles or thyroid? Retained testicles can become cancerous in older dogs and cause hairloss due to increased hormone secretion, although that would be unusual in a 2 year old dog. The treatment/prevention for this is to surgically remove the retained testicles. Hypothyroidism can also cause hairloss on the trunk, is diagnosed by blood testing, and treated with lifelong thyroid supplementation.
My husband gets the same warm, wet sensation in the groin area inside the left thigh. We just got back from the Doc, and they took his blood for a screening, but also said that there is a cluster of nerves there that don't reallly serve much purpose. He may get it again, or it may go away. He has recently lost about 30 lbs over the last 2 1/2 mos, and has been excercising more- he rode his bike to work today. He has also just started going to the chiropractor for it as well.
They did do a Cat scan then and more blood work and said everything came back normal. Since that awful day in June, the pressure in my head has NEVER left. It has certainly let up a lot so I no longer think I'm having a stroke but it has completely ruined my life. Since the ER visits, I've been to a neurologist, endocrinologist, my family doctor, a gastroenterologist, and an ear nose and throat doc.
It is not all in your head. I think the lil thyroid is a big part of allot of big things in the body. I took Levoxyl anf it did nothing to me and I swapped for Synthroid it has me at 0.08 So that is a good thing but I am so full of anxiety it si tough that is part of the reason I got a divorce. We are back together though. Man alive.
I don't have allergies of any kind and I'm in excellent health and I can learn to live with the smell of fresh baked bread in my nostrils.. I mean it could be owrse.. still I think I should get someone to check this out especially as I read about Phantom smells being a possible side efect of brain tumors...
The pain is there but it's manageable when I do this. I also find as I get older it takes more time for all the pain to go away in the morning.
It's like deja vu for me-I went through this with my older Yorkie, Sydney, beginning in Oct. of'2011. I lost Sydney just 5 months later. We'll be leaving on Monday to go over to the IN Dunes State Park for 3 and 1/2 days. Need to get away, and try to find a way to cope.
found in September 1991 in Mahé, Seychelles, moved to 3 countries, had a difficult life, and is getting old in well and calm with all the food she wants. Before I had her adopted sister also, and the son and daughter of her daughter. But all died, 2 of them very recently. It was very hard for me. When she was young, once she even ran away from home several months, because we were feeding a street cat that didn't like her very much, a territory problem.
Ever since I started taking medication, I have not had this problem reoccur. Since low thyroid function effects every cell in your body, it can manifest itself in a lot of ways. My recommendation would be to get a blood test to see if your TSH levels are high. Good luck!
Should I be concerned about the breathing or can this be normal with allergies or in an older dog? Can this possibly be caused by her thyroid levels being too high since she lost weight?
He's the black/tan dapple puppy in the photo. Bailey (the 5 month old cream dachshund in the photo) just loves him and loves having someone to wrestle with. Sienna (my older, cancer-patient dachshund) loves Ozzie too and *really* likes having someone to keep Bailey busy. She's just not up to the ongoing energy and games of puppies. My son's thyroid ultrasound and labs came back perfect. I'm so relieved.
At his age there are many age related things just like people. I've had several older dogs whose thyroid was out of wack. Just needed meds. It can make them very thirsty, hungry, tired, etc.. or the opposite depending on if it's low or high. Also had an older pup who became diabetic, same symptoms. had to give insulin shots 2x day. And he was fine. A urinary infection needs anti-biotics.
Older dogs eyes tend to begin to look like they bulge due to aging. The cornea's in older dogs look cloudy and slighly bluish due to nuclear sclerosis or lenticular degeneration, which are just benign aging changes, and usually do not affect the dog's vision very much, but these changes are very gradual and don't show up suddenly in one weeks time. Dog's eye's can also bulge due to glucoma, which in your dog was not the case, luckily.
im a 29 year old male and i have horrible pain all over my body mainly in my lower back shoulders hands elbows,legs,feet and really bad in my hands i have had this for about five years now but just kinda thought maybe i was crazy. i havent had any tests done but i am going to after reading this. its kinda hard though because my wife thinks im just over reacting which is hard to take because i take pain very well and never complain. anyway thank you all for your input.. Shaine....
An underactive thyroid is a common hormone disorder in dogs, especially as they enter their senior years. The thyroid is a very interesting gland. The deficiency in the thryroid gland can affect general metabolism causing it to slow down. Hypothryoid dogs will often put on weight, be sluggish, have an oily coat and have a tragic facial expression.
Or neutered pets studied in an affluent city may get more veterinary care, and better care in general, than intact dogs roaming loose in a rural area, so differences between the groups in some disease might be due to factors other than neutering. A good scientific study will try to control for such factors and the authors will identify potential problems with their data.
I've seen older dogs have a change in personality like this. You will have to take back control and discipline her when she nips at you. make her sit then stay for a moment, once she obeys and recognizes your leadership, then reward that. Pick back up with very basic obedience 30 minutes a day and make sure she sticks to a strict schedule when you come home, when you prepare the food and only treat when she obeys a command. you should be able to get her over this.
The only way to figure out the cause is to visit the vet and let them do tests. Diabetes can cause both an increase in thirst and an increase in appetite. Some dogs act like they never get enough food and will actually even do things they never did before to get that food. Well-trained dogs will break training and raid trash cans and eat whatever they can find.
I have unfortunately seen older dogs like yours undergo surgery for one hind leg stifle or ACL injury and in some cases the other hind leg suffers and a second ACL injury results. This then leads to another ACL surgery which may or may not be successful. I would be glad to discuss this further, review lab tests and offer more specific suggestions. Feel free to contact our office.
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