So after 3 or so years of chasing vet to vet, we finally found out what is wrong with the minpin - hence the title. But we're still having ups and downs - researched this to death but can't seem to wrap my head around what else is going on.
He's been raw fed for over a year and a half I believe. We feed any kind of meats and he generally gets an organ block every day or two. I put all the organs in a blender and spoon into silicon ice trays, it's the only way he'll eat them.
Not going to get into the history much but itching, alopecia, chewing himself to the point of bleeding lesions, bad guts, then micro seizures - he was pretty far gone. Poor feller has every reason to be grumpy but he's such a wonderful little guy. Within a couple of days of pilling him with synthroid, he was a brand new dog. Started off at .1 mg but there was some wiggle room in the last test so it's been upped to .125.
As for ups and downs, still having them. I know gut issues are common, bad breath (leaky gut it's called) etc. They seem to come and go - no rhyme or reason. Most days are good, some days he'll get diarrhea, majority of days not. I'm resigned to "that's the way it's going to be".
Other things i'm noticing - his tolerance for direct sunshine seems to be low lately, basically hit and miss at the parks. Sometimes he's good, runs for km's, other times he's panting the whole way and there are times where he says no, I want out of here.
Is there anything else that I can be doing here? We had him on some probiotic, no real results other than his poop looked like sausages with a casing on it.