October 30th, 2008, 02:07 PM
Hi - I've just returned from the vet with my 8 yr, old airedale. Awaiting more blood work results. He seems to be disoriented, confused and not relating to me. Two weeks prior to this he seemed lethargic and appeared to have lost some weight so took him for a checkup. Bloodwork was done and hypo thyroid was diagnosed and is currently on meds. It doesn't appear to be making a difference. His brother, died a year ago and we went through a similiar experience but his decline was rapid and there was nothing that could be done according to the vet. No masses were detected, but his white cell count was extremely high. The breeder had 11 pups and I can't locate them to find out if any other litter mate went through this, whether its genetic.
Anyone had this experience?
October 30th, 2008, 03:07 PM
Sorry I have no advice for you but just wanted to send you some healing vibes and hope your baby feels better soon. :goodvibes:
October 30th, 2008, 08:54 PM
i looked up from one of my bookmarked for genetics on breeds and didn't see anything about hypo thyroid for airedales. please let me know what happens with your dog as i have a soft spot for airheads, as my niece calls them. i too have an airedale. this is the second one we've owned and only had trouble with allergies
October 31st, 2008, 08:02 AM
Bloodwork results for my airedale show he is low in sugar and hypoglycemic and also has a high white cell count. Back on antibiotics, off the thyroid meds as they now think the thyroid is masking something else.
He is to have 4 smaller meals a day which is a challenge because he really isn't terribly interested in eating, even his very favourite things. We go back Monday to see if there is any change.
I've been reluctant to go on antibiotics yet again because they cause the yeast infection in his ears. This has been chronic for a year, nothing vet prescribed has worked for his ears until I discovered gentian a homeopathic remedy. I started using witch hazel to clean and that was soothing and then a pet store owner told me her customers had success with the gentian. It is amazing and certainly works for my guy Malcolm.