Hypothyroidism in dogs is one of those common diseases your dog will at least suffer for once in their life span. Hypothyroidism is directly connected to the metabolic activities in the body and when a dog suffers from Hypothyroidism it makes difficult for them to churn out their food.
What Is Hypothyroidism?
The thyroid gland in the neck makes a hormone called thyroxine which deputizes the metabolism in the body. When a dog suffers from Hypothyroidism, this gland doesn’t makes enough of the hormone which results in abnormal metabolic process.
Symptoms of Hypothyroidism in dogs
- Hair Loss on the back of hind legs and tail
- Thin Coat
- Flaky Skin
- Dark and Black Patches on Skin (Not red ones)
- Muscle Loss
- Weight Gain
- Decreased Heart Rate
- Ear Infections
- Sluggish Behavior
- Seizures and Blood Vessel Problems
Diagnosis of Hypothyroidism In Dogs
For the diagnosis of Hypothyroidism in dogs, your vet will conduct a series of blood test, and no matter what is the reason for the Hypothyroidism, the treatment is the same.
Treatment of Hypothyroidism In Dogs
If you find out your dog is suffering from hypothyroidism, you must immediately take him to the vet. Good news is that Hypothyroidism in dogs isn’t life threatening diseases, and its inexpensive to and quite easy to treat. Your dog will be put on some oral drugs for the rest of his life and you should not show any laziness in providing the drug. This drug is basically a man made hormone called L-thyroxine and your vet would recommend the dose as per the dog’s condition.
If you wish to neuter your male dog, remember that it would increase the risk of hypothyroidism THREE times.