Birkenshaw – October 2017
Lamb came to see us about 18 months ago after having a funny turn. We took some blood to send for testing and admitted her at our hospital for monitoring. During her stay, we noticed no further abnormal behaviour and her first batch of blood results came back normal. At this point, we were able to send Lamb home. In the following days, we received the remainder of her test results. These results showed that Lamb was suffering from hyperthyroidism, which is a condition caused by the overproduction of thyroid hormone by the thyroid gland.
Following this diagnosis, we were able to prescribe Lamb some medication to help control her condition. Unfortunately, finding the right dosage to control a specific patient’s condition can be tricky. This meant that we needed to take regular blood samples until we were able to settle on a suitable dose. Over the next month, Lamb made a number of visits to the surgery. We were able to bring her thyroid levels under control, but she had begun to suffer from bouts of vomiting. As this may have been a side-effect of the thyroid medication that Lamb was receiving, we changed her medication. Fortunately, this new medication eliminated the vomiting and was also controlling the thyroid condition well.
Over the following year, we were able to keep Lamb’s condition under good control. We needed to make a few tweaks to her dosage after maintenance blood tests, but she was largely doing well.
A change of medication
Lamb recently visited us for another routine blood test. Unfortunately, this time, it appeared that her thyroid levels were not being as well controlled as we had hoped. She had also started to lose some weight. At this point, we suggested that Lamb’s owner may wish to change medication from the tablets she had been using to a relatively new liquid medication. This would be easier to administer and would hopefully lead to a greater level of control.
Since starting on her new medication, Lamb has been doing really well. We have been able to bring her thyroid levels back under control, and she has regained the weight that she had lost prior to the change.
Due to the number of visits that Lamb has made over the last year, and her continued patience through regular blood testing, we feel that Lamb is a very worthy winner of our Pet of the Month award for October. Well done Lamb!