For the past two years, we never said the following sentence: “Emmett is out playing with Lucas and Cooper!”
It’s been, “Lucas and Cooper are playing, and Emmett’s sleeping at my feet.”
(Sorry, crappy cell phone video. It was a total spur of the moment capture!)
Quick synopsis: He had several individual symptoms that we took him in for over the last couple years. Unfortunately, the practice we were going to had a lot of staff changes, so for the last two years, we saw 4 different vets. Each symptom was chalked up to something (lethargy = well, he’s 10 now… hair loss on his tail = allergies… rash on his stomach = allergies… weight gain = he didn’t get much exercise while I was in treatment… and so on) and somehow there was never a big picture view.
We took him in for his annual here, and I started talking to her about the fur on his tail. She decided to run a T4 test, and his levels came back as “low-normal,” so not a huge red flag, but when she added up everything else, she wanted us to try him out on a medication for hypothyroidism. Four weeks in, you can see him in the video above. He’s been SO playful! Wrestling and running with his brothers, and the other day he went and dug up a stick to chew on. All this activity is in short bursts a few times a day – he is still 10+, despite the medication – but he’s just seeming so much more vibrant!
I’m happy and relieved, though a little part of me thinks… if only we figured this out sooner.
What about you? Solved any medical mysteries lately? Any unexplained symptoms? Has anyone else seen a big change like this with a new med?