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Low Thyroid Kills Dogs!

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I cannot believe we got another email from someone wanting us to take a fearful dog  today.

They have seen vets, trainers and called even one famous animal sanctuary who referred them to us!  Well, that sanctuary takes in ~ 34 million dollars a year, so I was a bit shocked, but I am glad they did, because now this dog owner has the info which may save their dog’s life and allow her to stay with her family.

Here is a Facebook note I wrote a long time ago and share often:

LOW THYROID KILLS DOGS! PLEASE GET EDUCATED AND SHARE THE INFO.

I am talking until I am blue in the face. Low thyroid causes >60% of aggression and > 40% of fearfulness in dogs, yet NO ONE MENTIONS IT!  I see thread after thread on Fb with people discussing behavioral problems with impounded dogs and no one mentions thyroid testing. Most dogs are abandoned because of behavior. MANY ARE ILL, not badly behaved.

 

My sanctuary got a call from a gal in tears because her rescued dog has gotten progressively more aggressive over time. She has been to vets, she called rescues and sanctuaries trying to place him. NO ONE ASKED ABOUT THE DOG’S HEALTH. I did. He also has skin allergies and digestive problems.

 

SKIN, DIGESTIVE, BEHAVIOR – ALL LOW THYROID SYMPTOMS!

 

She is now going to have Hemopet (http://www.hemopet.org) do a thyroid panel and I am very sure they will discover thyroid disease. A pill twice a day will probably “cure” all his problems and save him from being put to sleep.

 

Please, get educated and SHARE THE INFO. Please read Dr. Jean Dodds’ new book- The Canine Thyroid Epidemic

 

http://www.amazon.com/Canine-Thyroid-Epidemic-Answers-Need/dp/1617810169

 

Other symptoms:

Clinical Signs of Canine Hypothyroidism

 

Alterations in Cellular Metabolism

weakness / stiffness / laryngeal paralysis / facial paralysis / tragic expression / knuckling or dragging feet / muscle wasting / megaesophagus / head tilt / drooping eyelids

 

Neuromuscular Problems

seizures / mental dullness / exercise intolerance / neurologic signs / polyneuropathy / lethargy / weight gain / cold intolerance / mood swings hyperexcitability / stunted growth / chronic infections

 

Dermatologic Diseases

dry, scaly skin and dandruff / coarse, dull coat / bilateral symmetrical hair loss / rat tail, puppy coat / hyperpigmentation / seborrhea or greasy skin / pyoderma or skin infections / myxedema / chronic offensive skin odor

 

Reproductive Disorders

infertility of either sex / lack of libido / testicular atrophy / hypospermia aspermia / prolonged interestrus interval / absence of heat cycles / silent heats / pseudopregnancy / weak, dying or stillborn pups

 

Cardiac Abnormalities

slow heart rate (bradycardia) / cardiac arrhythmias / cardiomyopathys

 

Gastrointestinal Disorders

constipation / diarrhea / vomiting

 

Hematological Disorders

bleeding / bone marrow failure / low red blood cells / low white blood cells / low platelets

 

Ocular Diseases

corneal lipid deposits / corneal ulceration / uveitis Keratococonjunctivitis / sicca or dry eye / infections of eyelid glands (Meibomian gland)

 

Other Associated Disorders

lgA deficiency / loss of smell (dysosmia) / loss of taste / glycosuria / chronic active hepatitis / other endocrinopathies adrenal, pancreatic, parathyroid

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Comments

  1. Connee Robertson says:

    I lost one puppy so fast, withing 24 hours..wonder if this was the case..Had another bulldog get sick..and, when we told the vet her nails were growing at an unbelievable rate..he tested her for low thyroid. She had sores all over her body, lost her hair, lost her ability to stay awake..lost a ton of weight..all over night.She is on life long thyroid medication now, and she looks great. We almost lost her and it was so fast..Thanks for posting this info..

  2. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    So sorry about the pup, but glad your other dog was diagnosed… this is my major pet peeve when it comes to dogs… Thank you!

  3. Morgan Griffith says:

    Thanks Catherine for stressing this. Whenever I bring in another dog we go to the vet and I tell them to include thyroid testing in with the blood work. I used to think they did this as a matter of course but found out that is not the case. Insist on it. I want baseline tests on all my dogs.

  4. Meaghan Edwards says:

    I had a dear Scottie who left me at the age of ten who had hypothyroidism. It was only on his ninth year that he was finally diagnosed after years of skin problems 🙁

  5. Cathy says:

    Is hypothyroidism also overlooked in cats? Do cats display the same symptoms as dogs?

  6. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Cats tend to get hyperthyroid & dogs tend to get hypothyroid.

  7. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    So sorry he had to suffer… most vets are very ignorant of this problem.. I highly rec. Jean Dodds’ new book, “The Canine Thyroid Epidemic”… I got one for us and our vet.

  8. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Good idea, Morgan! Also, many labs do not do accurate testing. We always send serum to Hemopet. Most vets just do a T4 which is not enough.

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  11. Breanna says:

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