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Hi Everyone,

My chihuahua X jack russell Fibi has been gaining weight ever since we had her spayed at 6 months old. She is now almost 2 years old and weighs over 14lbs and her ideal weight is 8lbs.

We took her to the vet for her annual vaccines back in March and she was classified as obese. She was on a raw diet to try and get things in order previously but she continued to gain weight. She is now eating 1/4 cup twice a day of Acana "Light & Fit". She doesnt get treats except at agility class once a week.

She is walked several times a week, but we have 4 other dogs (3 her age) and they play outside for hours constantly running, digging holes, chasing birds, etc etc so she doesnt lack exercise either.

She just continues to gain weight and is now looking bloated. She has a double chin and her tummy actually touches the ground when she sits! We have been trying everything possible to help her loose weight!

I called the vet today as I was speaking to our agility trainer who commented on how fat she was looking and she brought up the possible thyroid problem maybe associated with being spayed.
I plan on bringing Fibi to the vet next week to have thyroid testing done.

My question is...how common is it for young dogs to have thyroid problems?

My vet has informed me that if she does have a thryoid problem it is easy to fix. She is great at agility and actually the fastest in her class so I cant wait to get her weight problem managed because it would make her that much more active and comfortable.

Thanks
Jenna

PS. Everyone Fibi meets comments on how cute and fat she is...usually the fat comment is first!

Oh just to mention as well all of our other dogs are a healthy weight or slightly under weight looking due to age or other health problems. So we arent a house of obese dogs!!
 

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Obesity can play a big role in thyroid problems. Extra weight can really mess up how the body works and functions.
 

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imo I would have the T4 test done. Thyroid meds are relatively inexpensive.
 

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I am not sure what testing is going to be performed but I will mention the T4 test.

We have done everything we can to try and get her to loose weight and she just keeps gaining. So the next step is to have the thyroid testing done.

We all feel so bad for her and people (even our vet) I think dont believe us when we say she only gets 1/4 cup of food twice a day and no treats.

We have been so concerned with getting our other dog Lola healthy that we didnt really notice how fat Fibi was getting until about February...and now it seems she is getting fatter by the day!

Hopefully this testing will shed some light on the situation and then we can get her weight issue under control.

Jenna
 

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Yeah I would definitely recommend the bloodwork. At the clinic I work at we just had a thyroid case that sounds just like yours!

This dog was on a strict diet, extra exercise and was either gaining weight or not losing any. Sure enough she had was hypothyroid and after starting medication to control the thyroid she started to loose some weight.

There's still the chance that it isn't her thyroid, but I don't think it hurts to have her T4 checked.
 
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