The Momster asked us to let her take over our blog for today. We agreed for a fee of some tasty treats. So here's Mom.
I am on a bit of a rant here today. Since last fall, we have been trying to get Ciara's thyroid levels back on track. She had been on the brand name Soloxine for a couple of years with great results. Then Soloxine became unavailable unless you are lucky enough to have a vet who has a big supply of old stock. Not happening here. Since there is no firm date as to when Soloxine will begin to be produced again, reluctantly I decided to go with the generic "levocrine" chewable tablets. I had my concerns about switching to a generic because I know there are instances where generic and brand do not match up perfectly. Little did I know that a switch to the same level of medication but as a generic would cause Ciara's levels to drop by more than 50%. Since that drop we have increased her dose level two times, and now today we are on our third increase. Since the huge drop in the fall, there has been absolutely NO change for the better in her levels; in fact, they have even dropped a little more. Every time we change her medication, we have to wait 4-6 weeks and then have the blood rechecked. So here we go again with another increase.
If you have a dog who was on Soloxine for low thyroid and you switched to a generic, I strongly suggest you monitor the dog's thyroid levels with a blood test just to be sure the medication is doing what it is supposed to do.
Thyroid issues have been linked to seizures, although we do not have any confirmation that this is the cause of Ciara's. But this poor girl deserves to have the right level of medication to help her get her thyroid to an acceptable functioning level. In addition, no wonder we are fighting the battle of the bulge. Low thyroid and weight gain go hand in hand or paw in paw.
Thanks, Mom. We hope there is a solution for this problem soon.
Woos - Ciara and Lightning, and Mom