Originally Posted by Dobiewankanobi
Hi Dobiewan... the hair is thinner there but not unusually so. The reason I know is I just returned from the vet where he re-did a full exam and looked at his underside and his "brisket" and said, the chest looks normal, the underside was still bare but still normal for his age. But he did tell me that the "undercarriage" as it gets closer to his anus is getting a bit more thin than usual. The good news is that since he's been on ZD Science Diet I've noticed a HUGE improvement in the dander problem, and good progress with regard to his smell, but no improvement in the itching, eye goop, and his aversion to cold.
Anyway the vet and I discussed everything I've learned from this board, Lori and Asmit and you and he really was very open and receptive to thyroid testing, which was a relief! He said that they don't suggest thyroid testing to owners unless the food allergy chase proves futile. The simple reason being to keep cost down for the family. Which was kinda nice to hear too. He did say they will absolutely do a thyroid test if I so desire, any panels I want, and send them to either Michigan which is a teaching hospital so he said they were the "gold standard" as well as to Dr. Dobbs if that's where I prefer because they think highly of them too. So I was relieved I didn't get any hemming and hawing from him.
He recommended we do as many of the panel as we can afford cause some of the very basic ones are also very unreliable. Net/net:here's the cost and breakdown of what each test covers:
$133 - Thyroid Panel 2 (T4, Free T4)
$194 - Thyroid Comprehensive Screen-Canine: (Free T4 endog. CTSH, thyroglobulin autoantibody)
$304 - Thyroid Panel 5 - Canine (CTSH, T34, T3 autoantibody, Free T3, T4, T4 autoantibody, Free T4, thyroglobulin autoantibody)
Of course my gut says do the big one rather than keep going back ...