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This is a discussion on HELP: Undiagnosed Sick Dog Not Getting Better within the Dog Health forums, part of the Keeping and Caring for Dogs category; Originally Posted by AnastasiaNelson Is Degenerative Myelopathy common for a 4 year old dog or older dogs? Yes this happened suddenly last Thursday; we went ...

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Old 08-09-2016, 01:24 PM
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Is Degenerative Myelopathy common for a 4 year old dog or older dogs? Yes this happened suddenly last Thursday; we went to work in the morning and he was fine, came back after work at he was sick. A dog walker comes in the middle of the day and said they noticed nothing strange.

He was diagnosed with Carotid Sinus Hypersensitivity at 6 months because we were attaching his leash to his collar and when he would pull he would suddenly get dizzy/faint. We went to a specialist for this thinking that he had something wrong with his heart and the solve was to just use a harness - haven't had an episode since.
Has he had any other oddities going on? When you mention pulling on the collar, that would be putting pressure on the thyroid gland at the base of the neck.

There is such a thing as sudden onset hypothyroidism, our dog is hypo and it can create a world of weird issues.
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Has he had any other oddities going on? When you mention pulling on the collar, that would be putting pressure on the thyroid gland at the base of the neck.

There is such a thing as sudden onset hypothyroidism, our dog is hypo and it can create a world of weird issues.
When he went to the specialist as a puppy the doctor there said that when they would press on the specific carotid sinus area his blood pressure would drop significantly, but no mention of thyroid diseases as of yet. Would that show up in blood tests?

One thing that I did notice maybe 3-4 weeks ago was that when we gave him food in the morning instead of gobbling it all up he ate half of if, then came out and stared at us like 'Let's go outside now' and after going out and doing his business would come back in and finish the rest. We thought that maybe this was because sometimes we'll give him his breakfast/dinner and run out the door and he was checking that we weren't being sneaky but that's the only thing that I can think of that was a change in behavior.
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When he went to the specialist as a puppy the doctor there said that when they would press on the specific carotid sinus area his blood pressure would drop significantly, but no mention of thyroid diseases as of yet. Would that show up in blood tests?

One thing that I did notice maybe 3-4 weeks ago was that when we gave him food in the morning instead of gobbling it all up he ate half of if, then came out and stared at us like 'Let's go outside now' and after going out and doing his business would come back in and finish the rest. We thought that maybe this was because sometimes we'll give him his breakfast/dinner and run out the door and he was checking that we weren't being sneaky but that's the only thing that I can think of that was a change in behavior.
You would need a T4, T3 and TSH blood test to confirm or rule out. One member here had a dog with head bobble as she described it. And alot of times, minor symptoms appear that get ignored, chalked up as normal. Not saying that's what it is but worth a shot if you're willing to have a test done... Lethargy, gut conditions, appetite, weakness in legs, seizures etc - it's a long list of possible symptoms and all the symptoms need not be there. There's no real rhyme or reason to hypo condition symptoms.

I met a fellow a couple of weeks back at one of the local parks, had a beautiful cane corso that wasn't good on leash. Poor dog was wearing a prong collar - 100 pounds worth of dog literally up on it's hind legs and all that weight on the neck. I explained to him what organ is under that collar and also explained if the organ is damaged it can make the dog aggressive. Hope he took it to heart, I often wonder how many dogs end up with thyroid conditions due to collateral damage.
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If your Vet can't get wrapped around this, its probably time for a specialist, perhaps an internist.
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