It is extremely important to carry out a 5 point blood panel test including T4, free T4, T3, Free T3, and Tgaa. There are other panels, but none are as accurately predictive of autoimmune hypothryroidism.
There are 2 alternatives for having your 5 point blood panel test done:
- HEMOPET USA; Click this link: https://labordatenbank.com/cake/hemopet/samples/hemopet_form. Follow the instructions. Your own vet should take the blood sample and send straight to the address shown on the ‘Request test’ form. Your vet should attach the letter , stating “sample is from a dog for diagnostic purposes only, and is non-infectious.” to the outside of the package , for USA customs. The cost (at May 2018) is $102 plus your vet’s charges.
- NATIONWIDE SPECIALIST LABORATORIES, CAMBRIDGE. (Instructions to follow shortly)