Do you have any thoughts on the quality of Dr. Dodds test vs MSU?
Our girl is due for her annual panel.
Also any opinion on giving w/food vs. not?
I seem to notice a difference (improvement?) in our girl more so when giving her soloxine on an empty stomach vs. what our vet told us to give w/food.
Nina gets .5 2 per day.
Any of the testing labs who qualify for OFFA inclusion are very reliable. There are labs that can't do some of the tests for the "genetic" stuff (TgAA is the only one I can think of offhand but TSH is another--almost all the labs do that one). I've had dogs tested by MSU, Antech and IDEXX (all acceptable for OFFA inclusion. Dr Dodds used to have all of her test done by Antech it's only in the last couple of years that she has had the equipment to do her own testing in house.
The most recent recommendation is to medicate on an empty stomach but the owner of the clinic where I work says that complaince means more than whether the drug is administered empty stomach or with food. If you can remember to give the dog the drugs on an empty stomach (1 hour before feeding or three hours after) that's great and will probably give best effect but if you can remember to give it with their breakfasts and dinners so that they get it every day do that.
I've had many dogs on thyroid meds. Some have done fine on generic thyroxine--some haven't. Presently I have a 9.5 year old neutered male on 6.5 mg of soloxine twice a day with meals and a 7 year old male on 1.0 mg of soloxine twice a day with meals.
The best correction I ever got was when I tried out a liquid (can't even remember who made it now on a dog who was very hard to keep regulated--you could fine tune the liquid for best adjustment.
I test at two--full panel and then yearly unless a dog gets symptomatic--then I retest immediately. Retests are just T4. If the levels drop to low normal or below I retest T4 and free T4 by ED) and start meds as appropriate. I retest T4 after 6 weeks and adjust if necessary. After that I retest any dog on meds every six months. I test only T4 unless it's getting hard to keep the dog in mid range. The first test at two years gives me something of a guide line to what is a normal number for that particular dog.
If you have a hard time regulating the dogs levels I'd always use soloxine.