Hi again, Missi and thanks for your reply with additional information.
Yes, 5.5 TSH is slightly elevated, but that could be because he's not getting his full dose of Methimazole. I'm sorry he gets an irritation in one ear, after the application of the transdermal medication. Try to vary the location of the application slightly, and maybe this will help.
It might be possible to give him the Methimazole in pill form, if you hide it in a soft treat (Pill Pockets by Greenies or a high quality soft treat from the vet's office or pet supply store) or plain, jarred baby food chicken containing NO onions or garlic. Beechnut Stage 1 Chicken is a good one. You can finely crush the small tablet with the back of a metal spoon and then mix it into a small amount of the baby food. The powdered pill practically 'melts' into the food. You can finger feed him the food or offer it in a small bowl. After he eats it, you can add more, plain baby food.
Even though his levels were checked 1½ months ago, due to the rattling you're now hearing when he purrs, he should be checked in person by his vet, asap, to get a definite diagnosis and then, treatment, if needed.
I hope Dude will be fine!
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