I just got off the phone with our vet, and while I feel good about our ultimate decision, I'm still kind of confused.
Cooper's thyroid levels came back normal. My vet spoke to two other vets, an endocrinologist and an allergy specialist, in trying to interpret the results and determine the plan of action. The endocrinologist (an MSU vet!) had the audacity to tell my vet that basenjis are no more prone to thyroid problems than other breeds, and that their levels are not normally higher than other breeds!!! And the allergist suggested that we do food trials, even though we have done that and the blood tests, and have come up with NO positive food allergies. And they both suggested a million other things we do, like using air cleaners, vacuuming often, keeping his food in airtight storage, etc.
So I told our vet that I wasn't convinced that Cooper does not have a thyroid problem. The treatment is reversible and cheap. We should see results quickly if that is the issue. So we're starting meds tomorrow!!!
I'm glad that my vet is willing to take my gut feelings and personal research in consideration. And while I'm glad she sought assistance from her colleagues, I'm dissapointed in their essential dismissal of our problems. I have a nearly hairless basenji who is very prone to skin infections and welts. Something has to be done!!!:eek: