Features August 2012 Issue

Properly Diagnosing Canine Hypothyroidism – What are the Signs?

“Before” – In September 2008, Tillie was relinquished to a shelter. The Sheltie was seriously overweight (62 pounds!) and had skin and coat problems. Diagnosed with hypothyroidism, she was started on medication at the shelter.

Properly Diagnosing Canine Hypothyroidism – What are the Signs?

If this describes your canine pal, she may be suffering from hypothyroidism. Here’s how to diagnose and treat the condition.

You probably know someone with an underactive thyroid gland; in fact, you may have one yourself. The signs of hypothyroidism in humans include a subnormal body temperature, cold hands and feet, weight gain, hair loss, and constant fatigue. People aren’t the only ones afflicted by this disorder, for many dogs are hypothyroid, too. They may seem lethargic, gain weight while eating normal or below-normal amounts of food, seek warmth, and develop skin and coat conditions. But hypothyroidism causes other symptoms, too, and an accurate diagnosis can require thinking outside the box.

To continue reading this article you must be a paid subscriber.

Subscribe today for instant access to thousands of dog training, health, and nutrition articles and tips. The Whole Dog Journal will...

  • Recommend the best and safest foods and products for your dog.
  • Guide you through the most effective positive dog training methods.
  • Help you understand when your dog is bored, anxious, tired, or hungry. You won't believe some of the signs!
  • Show you the healthiest and most effective homeopathic and mainstream remedies, diets, and medicines.

Your satisfaction to The Whole Dog Journal is guaranteed. Subscribe today to see why hundreds of thousands of dog owners trust us as the #1 source of information.


Subscriber Log In

Forgot your password? Click Here.
Already subscribed but haven't registered for all the benefits of the website? Click here.