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    Cool Thyroid Results

    I got Radar's thyroid results back. Our vet sends the blood work to Michigan State I have results from Jan 15 and December 15 they are dramatically different

    Jan 15 Dec 15 Range

    Total T4 32 16 11-60
    Total T3 2.0 1.4 .8-2.1
    Free T4 21 16 9-39
    Free T3 8.0 not tested 1.2-8.2
    T4AA 10 12 0-20
    T3AA 5 7 0-10
    TSH 0.03 0.05 0.00-0.58
    TGAA 6 6 0-35

    I was immediately concerned because his total T4 was half of what it was a year ago -- My vet was out of the office when I stopped so the tech just gave me the results. I had emailed Dr Jean Dodd at Hemopet earlier in the year when I thought it maybe a thyroid problem for her advice and recommendations on his results and she said Jan they are good and Dec his Total T4 is clearly low and his Free T4 has now become subclinical, so my husband and are thinking our vet will see the same thing and talked quite a few times over the weekend about what times would be best for his dosing with meal times/work/walk/potty/play time/bed time schedules so that we were prepared to give Radar his meds every 12 hours an hour or more before supper. Fast forward to Wednesday our Vet finally calls, leaves a message that says all of Radar's levels are perfectly fine and he won't be needing thyroid medication, I am immediately confused due to the information I received from one of the leading veterinarians on thyroid function, I called her back and she told me it was the time of day we took it and it was a snapshot in time and sometimes it may be low and sometimes it may be high and the numbers will fluctuate I told her about my emails with Dr Dodd and asked for a 6-8 trial of thyroid medication she said she needed to make a couple of more calls before she would do that. I talked to her yesterday and she said she talked to the lab that did our blood work and to an endocrinologist at ISU and both agreed that his levels were fine. They did tell her to we could use the meds to see if it will stimulate his hair to grow back so I am getting what I wanted, I am just hoping that the results and new test results will convince here that he has a thyroid issue. I emailed Dr Dodd back about my converstion with the vet and she explained a little about the thyroid function and that they use breed and age not just the reference range when she gives her recommendations.

    I will keep everyone updated we will start thyroid meds tomorrow morning, I wish I had started a blog or a facebook page when we first got Radar, with all of his issues he could have been an internet star.

    I would suggest emailing Dr. Dodd if you anyone is questioning their vets reading of the thyroid results and trust your instincts, we see our pets everyday and have to be their voice.


    Sorry it's so long!!

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    Default Re: Thyroid Results

    Well, my question would be... If time of day matters then why would they plan that at time of blood work?

    Bravo for sticking to you guns and getting those meds --- i so hope this works for you all
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    I have no idea Dr dodd said levels are there highest at around 2pm his blood was drawn at 8am. I am just hoping that after the 4 weeks I don't have to find a new vet. Total t4 dropped in half in less then a year. From everything I have read it can take years for the thyroid to shut down enough to be below the low end. I know this isn't the fix to radars behavioral issues and our training will continue, but being healthy and getting the medicine he needs can't hurt anything and I wouldn't trade him or his challenges for anything

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    Default Re: Thyroid Results

    Ugh!...don't even get me started on thyroid issues, human or animal.

    What I do know is poor 'lil Radar has a great advocate in his corner in
    YOU...thank god! Strengthening my prayers over him, y'all & Vets.
    Beyond time for some answers, fixes & happier times for all of you.
    I send huge hugs from Texas & lots of LOVE...God bless y'all.

    @2BullyMama...great question!


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    Default Re: Thyroid Results

    Quote Originally Posted by 2BullyMama View Post
    Well, my question would be... If time of day matters then why would they plan that at time of blood work?

    Bravo for sticking to you guns and getting those meds --- i so hope this works for you all
    exactly what I was thinking!!

    You're an excellent advocate for Radar, good work Mama!!

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