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Re: Questions about hypothyroidism [Re: MaxaLisa] #345142
09/08/17 09:27 PM
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Thanks for all the support, guys!

I called my vet and she agreed to do a trial of the thyroid replacement. I picked up the bottle today and it just says "Thyro-care" and it's .3 mg and I'm supposed to give it twice a day. I wish they were Thyro-tab like you guys got as I was looking online and it said that those were the only ones approved for use (this was in 2016). My vet is on vacation for the next two weeks, so I can't ask her about it.

Are these tablets pretty safe? Anything I should look out for? It doesn't really say when to take it. Did you guys give it with meals? Do you think it's OK to take with Cholodin & CBD oil? I have a tendency to be a real worry wart when it comes to my precious Heidi!! smile


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Heidi, 12-year-old GSD
Adopted on 10/14/07 from: German Shepherd Rescue of Northern California (http://www.savegsd.org)

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Re: Questions about hypothyroidism [Re: Karin] #345145
09/09/17 01:36 AM
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My old girl Rica was on a thyroid medication a long time ago and I believe my vet had said to give it a couple of hours before or after a meal, no at meal time.


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Re: Questions about hypothyroidism [Re: Woodreb] #345153
09/09/17 09:01 PM
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Definitely separate from mealtime so it works optimally. I think that's a low dose (can't remember the weight). I think we started low and then ramped up to the recommended dose for the weight.


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Re: Questions about hypothyroidism [Re: Karin] #345176
09/12/17 11:19 PM
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Buddy has been on 0.5 mg of thyro-tabs for years. He also takes cholodin and cbd oil. I wouldn't be concerned with the combination

Originally I was told to give at least an hour away from foods to be effective. Since then my schedule changed and that was impossible. I now give it with his meals.

His bloodwork is run yearly at a minimum and his levels have stayed steady over the years. If possible, I would prefer not to give it at meal time, but we do the best we can.

I hope this trial goes well for you.

Last edited by PositiveDog; 09/12/17 11:27 PM.

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Re: Questions about hypothyroidism [Re: PositiveDog] #345637
10/16/17 04:47 AM
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Well, Heidi has been on the thyroid medicine for about 2 weeks now and she's really doing well. Her appetite is better and she's gained a couple of pounds. She's not so scared anymore. Every once in a while, she'll get nervous, but she gets over it fairly quickly. She's sleeping through the night. She has more energy and will go for a walk without trying to turn around and go back home again. And her fur is already looking a little better. It's really pretty amazing.

And none of that "seizure-like activity" of nose lifting and trembling has happened at all for the past couple of weeks. No more horrible panic attacks either, where she's shaking and inconsolable. I think part of that might have been due to giving her too much cholodin. I had been giving her 2 tablets with breakfast and 2 with dinner. I think that with her weight loss, it was too much for her. She's down to 3/4 tablet with BF and 3/4 tablet with dinner.

The only problem is that it's making her feel so good that she's a little more reactive to other dogs than she was before. She was always that way when we first got her, but as she got older, she got a little more mellow. Now, she's feeling her oats again! It's not really a problem because we're used to this and don't let other dogs approach her when we take her for walks. I just don't want her to cause any trouble at doggie daycare, where she's been going for the past 9 years!

We'll take her in to get retested in two more weeks, but I really think this is making a big difference already. I give her the tablet 1 hour before meals with a tiny bit of peanut butter. Thanks for the tips and great advice!


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Heidi, 12-year-old GSD
Adopted on 10/14/07 from: German Shepherd Rescue of Northern California (http://www.savegsd.org)

Sheba, GSD/Malamute angel
Re: Questions about hypothyroidism [Re: Karin] #345642
10/16/17 01:02 PM
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So glad to hear Heidi is feeling her oats again thanks to the thyroid medicine along with advice from Lisa and Deb. thumbup Please keep us posted on her progress.


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Re: Questions about hypothyroidism [Re: SeanRescueMom] #345649
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Somehow I missed this frown Glad to hear our dear Heidi is doing better. Please keep us posted.
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Re: Questions about hypothyroidism [Re: Shilohsmom] #345768
10/23/17 01:58 AM
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Glad to hear that things have improved with the thyroid trial!


MaxaL (aka LisaT)

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Re: Questions about hypothyroidism [Re: MaxaLisa] #345779
10/23/17 07:43 PM
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Glad to hear that Heidi is feeling better now. Makes me smile when you said she is feeling her Oats again.


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