Canine Hypothyroidism Contributes to a Mulitude of Signs and Symptoms of Illness.
Canine hypothyroidism is a common condition among many breeds of dogs. The adverse health effects are numerous and diverse. They range from weight gain to death. The redeeming factors about hypothyroidism are that diagnosis and treatment are simple and effective, respectively. There's no need for any dog to suffer from hypothyroidism.
Certain breeds of dogs are genetically predisposed to hypothyroidism. They include Golden Retrievers, Irish Setters, Boxers, Greyhounds, and other medium size dogs. Research indicates hypothyroidism is most commonly inherited. An interesting aspect of this disease is that it rarely affects toy and miniature dog breeds.
The signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism will present between the third and fifth year of a dogs life. Male and female dogs are affected equally. It often isn't diagnosed until years after the signs and symptoms present. One of the most common signs is weight gain with a decreased intake of food. Other signs/symptoms consists of lethargy, cold intolerance, mental dullness/depression, improper hair coat, hair loss and infertility. For a thorough and complete list of Canine hypothyroidism signs and symptoms, click here:
Canine hypothyroidism signs/symptoms.
Owners of middle-aged dogs and/or dogs genetically predisposed to hypothyroidism should pay particularly close attention to identify if and when the pet may have presented with hypothyroidism. A visit to the neighborhood veterinarian is all it takes for a diagnosis to be made. The treatment is usually just as simple. Both the diagnosis and treatment are usually inexpensive. A blood sample is taken and analyzed for TSH, T3 or T4. For an extensive explanation of the testing process and the different types of canine hypothyroidism, click here:
Types of Canine hypothyroidism and diagnostic tests.
The usual form of treatment is in tablet form. This medicine is called levothyroxin or synthroid. It will alleviate most, if not all, signs and symptoms allowing your dog to live a normal life.
Canine hypothyroidism and human hypothyroidism, also known as Hashimoto's disease, are not the same disease. Most often a disease will present the same in a dog as in a human but not in this disease. So, even though Essiac tea is a great alternative for people with Hypothyroidism (Hashimoto's disease) because of the high iodine content, it's not necessarily as beneficial for dogs in treating hypothyroidism but is still just as important for every other disease humans and dogs share.
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