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.

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