Ivan is still transitioning to his lower .5 mg dose of Thyrozine. I'll be retesting him, hopefully, next weekend.
Behaviorally he seems to have gone backwards. For the first time since being a puppy starting out he was fearful of members of the SAR team. Just hackles up and afraid to go into the person. Once they started talking to him he was fine.
The odd part of it is before starting our search we went up to a circle of people hanging out in the parking lot and he had no problems with any of them. Even repeatedly pushing his head into the lap of a former cop he's seen less frequently, and certainly interacted with less frequently, than the team members he was afraid of.
Also at our last OB class he gave a quick growl to a woman we walked passed. Prior to being put on thyroid replacement Ivan would always find someone to be overly interested in the first class or two, but he's never reacted to someone halfway through a class let alone someone who's been there every night of class and with whom he was previously fine.
Once medicated at the .8 mg dose, we made it through an entire round of classes with no negative reactions what so ever, so was that a fluke or is the decreased Thyrozine dosage to blame?
I am hoping that Ivan's thyroid levels come back too low and that's the explanation for the backslide. His coat still hasn't improved. Still thin down the center of his back, on his sides, tops of ears, etc. His dander is more normal looking (previously had a brown appearance to it), but that could be a result of no longer feeding him salmon, which he came back as intolerant too.
Of course, if it is his thyroid levels, what dose should he be at? Hemopet said his levels were paradoxically low at .8 mg. They said if we decreased his dosage to .5 his levels would actually go up. What if they weren't paradoxically low, but legitimately low?