Hypothyroidism in dogs


hypothyroidism is the most common hormone reactive disease in dogs. It is due to thyroid destruction or dysfunction, resulting in decreased thyroid hormone secretion. They regulate the metabolism of dogs and make the whole body work normally. They directly affect growth, central nervous system maturation, thermoregulation and many other functions.

among the causes of hypothyroidism in dogs, we found that

is a genetic tendency: Although this disease may affect all breeds, including hybrid dogs, some breeds are susceptible (Adair Terrier, Beagle, English Bulldog, poodle, Stephen Chow, Doberman, golden retriever, Pomeranian, Irish setter, Sharpay, Shetland, teak) idiopathic atrophy: when gland cells are replaced by fat (the reason for this abnormality is not clear) What are the clinical symptoms of hypothyroidism in dogs with iodine deficiency thyroid cancer immune gland atrophy (when the immune system destroys gland cells)?

Symptoms of hypothyroidism occur only when most glands are destroyed, so it takes several years (usually between 3 and 8 years).

The symptoms you can see in your dog are due to the slow overall metabolism. They show the following clinical symptoms:

Extreme fatigue, drowsiness, obesity tendency, looking for heat from vomiting and diarrhea, slow heartbeat, spasm or / or claudication behavior disorder, skin problems: dry, dull hair is difficult to resist unexplained phobia ADHD transient attack decreased fertility of corneal lipid deposition

a dog with hypothyroidism does not necessarily show all these symptoms, but only some.

diagnosis of hypothyroidism in dogs

The diagnosis of hypothyroidism cannot be limited to the observed symptoms, which are still very common and therefore not specific. Further examination is needed, including blood sampling. Blood sampling can detect cholesterol, triglycerides and thyroid hormones. Analysis is sometimes difficult because the results may be distorted by concurrent diseases or drugs. Thyroid imaging is sometimes necessary.

treatment of hypothyroidism in dogs

The treatment of hypothyroidism in dogs depends on lifelong use of thyroid hormone substitutes, which can gradually eliminate symptoms and provide a very good prognosis for treated animals

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