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Posted by: fiona | 2011/02/06

euthyroid sick syndrome

My vet suspects my dog has euthyroid sick syndrome. She had her blood tested for hypERthyroidism and it came back ever so slightly hypOthyroid. Also her WHITE blood cell count was a bit low, so her immune system is not working so well. She is 6 years old, very skinny, losing weight gradually in recent months but has always been skinny, eats well, recently de-wormed and vaccinated, energetic, highly strung, has hip dyplasia and gets very sore sometimes. Could you explain what euthyroid sick syndrome is. The vet said maybe they''ll test dog''s liver and kidneys later.

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Many other diseases and drugs that can affect a dog's thyroid level these can cause the thyroid levels to be low + euthyroid sick syndrome. Generally speaking a dog with an underactive throid puts on wt/battles to lose wt, has a slower than normal heart rate and can develop skin problems. From what you are describing I would definitely look at testing Liver, Kidneys , GLUCOSE , protein and urine. If these are normal it would be a good idea to think about an ultrasound scan +- chest x-rays

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Posted by: CyberVet | 2011/02/06

Many other diseases and drugs that can affect a dog's thyroid level these can cause the thyroid levels to be low + euthyroid sick syndrome. Generally speaking a dog with an underactive throid puts on wt/battles to lose wt, has a slower than normal heart rate and can develop skin problems. From what you are describing I would definitely look at testing Liver, Kidneys , GLUCOSE , protein and urine. If these are normal it would be a good idea to think about an ultrasound scan +- chest x-rays

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