Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Western PA
Dogs Name: DDR's Grand Prince of Rescue - "Ivan" & StoneFly's Great Expectations - "Maiya"
Titles: Ivan - AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy, CGC, CA : Maiya - AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy, CGC, I.P.W.D.A. & N.S.D.A Airscent
Dogs Age: 5.5 years & 3 years
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Ivan is Hypothyroid
I just got the call from my vet confirming Ivan is Hypothyroid. Ivan is 1 yr. and 3 months old.
I would say the symptom that first caught my attention was his thinning coat on his back legs/neck and dander with some itching. Of course this all started around the TOTW recall, so I chalked it up to that.
At some point, I can't be certain of when, he also became snappy and fearful with some dogs. As a pup, he had loved other dogs. I attributed this to his maturing and being a male Doberman.
I also noticed other behavior issues. Very fearful of strangers. He was fearful as a puppy. I had thought we had "fixed" this issue, but since it was happening again I thought it was just something that needed continued attention.
Then I noticed he would growl at some people. Again I thought this might be stemming from his fear and maturing and now, instead of ducking and running, he was trying to intimidate people he was afraid of. This did not happen with all people or in all situations, so I wasn't sure what to make of the whole thing. Just did more socializing, etc.
A couple of months passed and I noticed the hair on his sides was thinning. (He's a black Doberman! Surely his coat can't be this thin?!) Then I noticed it was thin on his back.
So I took him to the vet again to have a full thryoid. (First time I just went in and asked about thinning and scratching. They thought allergies.) There was one woman in the lobby with no dog, sunglasses, hat, etc. and Ivan stared and growled at her. I couldn't come up with any plausible "excuse" this time. (Not that I was "accepting" of his behavior, but that he had a "reason" for doing it.) But it sure sounded like thryroid behavioral agression being in an unfamiliar setting with an unfamiliar stranger. I began hoping Ivan had thryoid issues.
I'll be picking up his prescription and a copy of his test results tonight. I am hopeful once he is medicated properly some of his issues will dissippate. I'll have to post follow-ups in this thread.
I'm not posting really looking for advice at this point, but thought I'd put it out there as an example for anyone else in a similar situation.
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Last edited by lestat1978; 09-19-2012 at 01:49 PM.