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Coat Problems

February 29th, 2012, 04:37 PM
We have a 4.5 year Shih Tzu who had a really thick coat! He started itiching and scratching a couple of years ago and we put him on a wheat, corn, soy free diet .... the ithching is reduced "somewhat" but not completly??? The last visit to the groomer, he asked if we had changed his diet because his coat has thinned??? He asked if he had been tested for thyroid? Have not asked the vet yet .. any ideas?

February 29th, 2012, 04:52 PM
A vet visit would be where I would start first, and a FULL thryoid panel is a very good idea. We have a hypothyroid boy who's coat thinned a lot, and he was having other issues as well. A simple blood test for t4 isn't sufficient if looking for hypothroidism. It needs to be a full thyroid panel. The t4 alone can be very deceptive and cause you to medicate your baby even if it isn't truly needed, and vice versa. Other things could be allergies. Our vet recently told us that less than 25% of canine allergies are actually caused by food. The larger percentages are inhaled and enviromental/contact, so it can be very frustrating. We're dealing with that as well. I hope you get an answer and get the itchies under control! Good luck :)

Oh, and welcome!

March 2nd, 2012, 01:05 PM
Thanks for your help!