I'm trying to understand her blood test:
T4 0.6 (Low) Reference range 0.8-3.5 ug/dl
Free T4 Equilibrium Dialysis 14.0 reference range 8-40
Took Lady back to the vet this morning for recheck, lungs were clear, cough gone so ok on that score. She is looking for a weight gain of say 4 lbs over the next month. She was 50 lbs when we got her, about 52 now. We have her on the Just for dogs beef and russet potato meal, she may have lost a bit since we put her on whole food - we got a reading of 53 lbs when we went in to the vet a couple days after the first visit. I'm going to have to feed a little more than the chart recommends to get weight up. I was aiming for 5 meals at first with the kibble, but average 4 now. Last 2 mornings I've added a couple baked potatoes with butter, in addition to 1 1/2 cups of the beef & potato.
There is a lamb formula a little higher in calories, but lower protein, probably best for our old guy. Took her over there to the store, picked up Lamb, plus a turkey & whole wheat macaroni. She absolutely hated the store. Wouldn't eat any treats offered. Then we noticed she was shaking, floor was a polished concrete that she freaked out on, then I noticed hearing banging of pots, bumping of carts, so being noise sensitive I'd guess was the problem. She couldn't wait to get out of there. Then a short freeway drive to Petsmart to fit her for a harness, bored her to tears with figuring out a harness. Then pick up lunch, play with the harness a bit at home - by which time she's ready for a nap. Finally escaped from us going into the dark bedroom and getting in her bed.
Which leaves me wondering if she needs thyroid medication, if it's low energy from low weight. She will have bursts of high energy, but then crashes and needs a Nap. With the infection gone she feels better, still itchy got some Atarax 50 mg to try. I wonder if we get her weight up if thyroid will come up? Atarax might make her sleepy. She can be strong at full energy,which makes me wonder if I should just let things go as they are or do we need to address thyroid?