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However, rarely does thyroid disease cause an itchy skin disease. Be sure they have diagnosed 'true' thyroid disease (the 'free T4 by ED' is low... not just a 'regular T4').
Skin issues are more common in hypothyroidism than many think - it took 3 years and multiple vets to finally do a trial of Synthroid when his T4 was borderline. The dog was tearing himself apart.

Not every med is created equal either. On the Synthroid brand for a month and a half, he responded amazingly, coat grew back, itching/chewing stopped. New prescription was "thyro-tab" generic, that put him back to square one. Back on Synthroid, he's doing wonderful. Don't ask me why.
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