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my 6 month old GS puppy ate Armour thyroid medication
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Lorri_n posted:
In a distracted moment I left my two bottles of armour thyroid on my bathroom counter, when I returned my 6 month old GS puppy had got them off the counter and chewed up the bottles and most the medication was gone, (2 grain and 1/2 grain 60 day supply) I rushed her to the vets where they gave her peroxide to make her vomit, which she did and then used charcole to absorb any left over medication, she was doing well, acting her normal self, she still is very active and her happy self but last night I found her neck swollen, the area where her thyroid is , I called my vet and they said as long as shes breathing fine, eatting fine, to just watch her and bring her in early next week, the goiter is quite big, larger then a golf ball, smaller then a tennis ball...it's hard. My question is will this hurt her own thyroid gland? will the goiter go down in size on its own once medication is out of her system? and how can we treat this? my vet was not convinced the puppy had even ate the meds and when I told them about the lump now they said it could be a growth, she didnt have it before she ate these thyroid meds, Armour thyroid is t3 t4 medication is this also a problem for her? is she gona be alright? anyone can u help me I love my dog so much I need advice from someone who knows about thyroid thank you , lorri_N
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AMERICAN VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
Bernadine Cruz, DVM responded:
Lorri,
Sorry for the delay in answering your question. Hopefully by this time the mass in the neck has resolved. I would agree with your veterinarian that it would be unlikely that the ingestion of the medication led to the swelling. I would have to wonder about an abscess, insect bite or other possible cause. If the lump is still present, your veterinarian may need to insert a needle into the mass, suck out some of the cells (a fine needle aspirate) and have the cells analyzed by a pathologist. You did the correct thing to get your pup to your veterinarian for immedicate attention. Keep the number of a pet poison help line by the phone. One that I recommend is "Pet Poison Helpline" at 800-213-6680.
Dr. Bernadine Cruz


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