Seizures - Possible Cause - Thyroid

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Seizures - Possible Cause - Thyroid

Post by Whob » Fri, 31 Mar 2000 04:00:00

My name is Whobe, I am a 5 year old***er Spaniel.
In the last 2 years, I began to have seizures,
increasing in frequency to once every three weeks.
I have an excellent vet, and before the standard  "epilepsy"
diagnosis was given, *** work was taken with special
attention to my thyroid levels.
T3, T4 and "free T4" tests were done.  The "free T4" test is
new, within the last 4 or 5 years.  Free T4 is the form of
thyroid hormone that we utilize, so this test is important.

Resutls:  My T3 level was normal
My T4 level was low, but within range.
My free T4 was 1;  with a normal range of about 11 - 25.
I can't remember for sure, but it was real low, and not
evident in the T3 & T4 tests.

My vet put me on thyroid medication, and within a week,
my overall condition changed.
*  Started acting like a 5 year old, not 15 year old
*  Not so grouchy
*  Not so sleepy
*  No weight gain
*  No so intolerant to the cold (very obvious)
     "I shivered alot"
*  dull coat
note:  cold intolerance was very evident.

Also, when I went in for my second *** test,
a pincer was there for the same condition, so it
isn't all that uncommon.

M***of Story:
If you are on medication (phena-barb) for seizures,
or may have to go on them soon, because you are
having seizures,
ask you vet to check your thyroid condition.

I am a new pup again.
We are all happy this was the underlying condition.

And a special thanks to my vet, in Stuart Florida,
for being an extra special person.

checkout my webpage and drop me a line:

Note:  This is not spam or a commercial adverti***t.
I just thought it would be a good thing for people to know,
especially if their dog is having seizures.