Help! My Dog Has Hypothyroidism. – Travel Animal Doctor

Help! My Dog Has Hypothyroidism. – Travel Animal Doctor

Your dog goes in for her yearly check up, and your veterinarian thinks your dog has hypothyroidism. -Travel Animal Doctor What is this disease, and will your dog be okay? Hypothyroidism in dogs is a common endocrine problem that occurs in middle aged dogs, often between the ages of 4 yrs to 10 yrs old. Predisposed Breeds Some breeds that are more susceptible to this disease include Dachshund, Golden Retriever, Cocker Spaniel, Irish Setter, Doberman Pincher, Airedale Terrier, and Miniature Schnauzer. Clinical signs Is your dog middle aged, and suddenly gaining weight? Is she sleeping more than usual, sluggish, and inactive? Did her usual triumphant smile get replaced by a puffy and/or droopy face? mariposavet / Foter / CC BY Are you noticing hair loss on both sides of your dog, that does not seem to itch? mariposavet / Foter / CC BY If your dog is not eating any more than usual, yet still appears to be gaining weight, it may not just be what you are feeding her. Even if you are only noticing one of these clinical signs, it is important to take your dog to the veterinary office. A common endocrine disease, called hypothyroidism, causes these clinical signs. Your veterinarian can do some tests to evaluate your pet for hypothyroidism. If your dog has hypothyroidism, your veterinarian will be able to subscribe the necessary treatment for your pet. Tests If your veterinarian suspects hypothyroidism, a series of tests can be done including what you may hear the veterinarian refer to as measurement of: Total T4 free T4 TSH These tests are obtained by taking a blood sample...
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