Dog Health: Hypothyroidism

Dog | Hypothyroidism

An Introduction to Hypothyroidism

Erin Coomer BVSc - Veterinarian

Learn about Hypothyroidsim Disease, including how it affects your dog, and what options may be available to manage this condition.

Causes of Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland (two small nodules that lie in neck region) doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormone.  Thyroid hormone has an important influence in metabolism in all organs of the body.  Therefore you will see a range of symptoms.

Hypothyroidism the most common hormonal disease veterinarian’s see in dogs, and most commonly...
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Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

  Hair loss or poor looking coat

  Skin problems and skin infections

  Weight gain


  A ‘tragic’ (sad) face – due to skin changes

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Treatment of Hypothyroidism


Your Veterinarian will do a thorough physical exam and run thyroid-specific blood tests.  Concurrent blood tests will be likely be recommended too, to see if your pet has any other medical conditions.

Medications are prescribed.  Pills are administered daily (likely twice a day) for life.  The medications are generally very effective...
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