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Ask the Vet About Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism
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Ask the Vet About Hypothyroidism in Dogs
MichaelDym, V.M.D.
Michael Dym, V.M.D.
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As a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Dym has over 19 years of experience and dedication to enhancing the overall health and well-being of pets. His commitment and passion for pet health continuously drives him to learn more about the art and science of homeopathy through ongoing training and education.

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Date: Aug 15, 2017
Category: Hypothyroidism
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Thyroid

Question:I read that I should not give my dog extended time on Hypothyroidism. How long is too long a period of time that is recommended for giving hypothyroidism medicine?

Answer:I'm not sure where you heard that because dogs that are hypothyroid usually have to take medication their whole life. As long as we're talking about medication that has been prescribed by your veterinarian, there are not long term side effects - there are lots of problems if you stop it actually.

Date: Jul 22, 2017
Category: Hypothyroidism
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Extreme skin condition

Question:I'm at a loss on this one and very much in need of advice. Our golden retriever, Roscoe, has been itching non-stop since summer began. Usually this is a yearly event, in which he gets itchy for awhile, then returns to normal, though this year has been a completely different experience. He itches his skin 24/7, and is almost completely bald. His paws, back, and tail are all red and inflaimed from this. I've been reading on hypothyroidism and I'm wondering if that has anything to do with it? I'm very open to advice at this point, as the vet can't seem to figure out what's wrong with him. Just recently he's become almost lethargic, and while he loves to play, he dislikes walking up the outside steps or getting into his bed at night. Please help.

Answer:Hypothyroidism isn't usually itchy. It sounds like he has skin allergies - especially because "this is a yearly event". It is certainly possible to have both conditions as well. Be sure that all fleas are off of him - one flea can make an allergic dog miserable for days. All veterinarians treat skin allergies - it is probably the most common condition that we see, so I'm sure your veterinarian can "figure it out". It is easy to test for hypothyroidism as well.

Date: Jul 5, 2017
Category: Hypothyroidism
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Dog hyperthyroidism

Question:Pretty sure hyperthyroidism is the issue with our 5 yo mixed dog of of 20#. Excessive shedding from mid trunk tail. Thought it was just normal shedding as she stayed in the house during winter mos. Continued through spring now into summer. Hair is dull and lacks shine. Otherwise eats well, active normal. She does whine at high level making me think of ear issues due to hyperthyroidism. Please advise.

Answer:You are writing hyperthyroidism but I think you mean hypothyroidism and I agree, her hairloss could be from that. It is really easy to test for it - just a quick blood draw at your veterinarians. Whining at a high level and ear issues aren't normally a sign of hypothyroidism - that makes me more suspicious of allergies.

Date: Jul 1, 2017
Category: Hypothyroidism
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Dog has hyperthyroidism.

Question:Is there medication or a special diet to help this still spunky w/o invasive tests for?

Answer:You definitely need to confirm the diagnosis before you start any medication - the tests aren't "invasive" (it's just one blood draw) - then your veterinarian will prescribe something like levothyroxine or Soloxine -neither are too terribly expensive. There isn't a diet that helps hypothyroidism (that I know of).

Date: Apr 21, 2017
Category: Hypothyroidism
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Lump

Question:I have a 8 year old lab mix,she has a big lump on her throat,the size of a softball,she has gained weight and is starting to get some bad spots.Just need to know what meds i need and where i can get them.

Answer:A lump the size of a softball needs to be checked and probably aspirated by your veterinarian. Hypothyroid dogs don't get softball-sized masses on their neck.

Date: Apr 8, 2017
Category: Hypothyroidism
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hypothyroidism

Question:My 8 year old female spayed chocolate lab recently had her second petit mal seizure in two years. She also has had a ravenous appetite with weight gain and appears to be more lethargic and itching. I took her to the vet today and blood work was done including free T4 and CBC. Her free T4 was 0 and her RBC's were elevated. My vet wants to start her on levothyroxine and recheck her CBC in a few weeks. I feel this is an appropriate treatment plan and am just looking for some reassurance.Thank you for any input you may offer.

Answer:Yes, all that seems appropriate. I prefer a full thyroid panel with TSH and T4 & T3 autoantibody to confirm the diagnosis of hypothyroidism but a full panel can be relatively expensive.

Date: Apr 1, 2017
Category: Hypothyroidism
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hypothyrpidism

Question:Hi there. Recently I had my dog into our vet to run a full thyroid panel. She's been very lethargic and suddenly has an increased appetite (though I'm not indulging it) and itching a lot. Although I asked for a full panel they only ran a mini panel and it came back negative for hypo. The other issue is that she has gained 10 pounds in 3 weeks...her weight has only fluctuated by a pound or two her whole life thus far (she's 7) I'm wondering since the mini panel came back negative if I should ask again for the full panel to ensure it's not her thyroid? I'm concerned about this large spike in her weight and want to find out what's wrong with her.

Answer:I don't know exactly what is on their mini-panel and full panel, but if they only ran a T4, yes, I would consider running a full thyroid panel with TSH and T3 & T4 autoantibody.

Date: Jul 24, 2016
Category: Hypothyroidism
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hipotiroidism

Question:Hello my Dog Is A 10 Years Old Lab. he Is Hypothyroidism Since 6 Years. he Did Not Take Its Soloxine Medicine For 30 Days. may Have Lowered His Defenses? thanks In Advance valeria

Answer:Not Sure Your Question. Best To Likely Restart The Medicine And Be In Touch With Your Local Vet Who Knows Him For Treatment Guidance And Rechecking

Date: Jun 30, 2016
Category: Hypothyroidism
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Effects On A Diabetic Unspayed Female

Question:I Have A 9-year-old Unspayed Female Hypothyroid With Diabetes. Her Blood Sugar Was Consistently Around 100 Until She Went Into Her Heat Cycle. Now, She's Been Diagnosed As Hypothyroid. But Her Blood Sugar Has Been Dangerously High Since She Began Her Heat Cycle. My Vet Is Stumped And So Am I. Any Suggestions On How To Bring That Bg Back Down. She Was Taking 15 Units And Is Now At 50 Units And Completly Insulin Resistent.

Answer:With Intact Female Dogs, Other Hormonal Conditions Can Be Very Difficult To Interpret, Much Less Diagnose, Including Hypothyroidism. I Would Also Make Sure Your Vet Has Ruled Out Complicating Infections If Diabetics That Can Interfere With Regulation, And Should At Least Have Urine Analysis And/or Urine Culture As Urinary Tract Infections Common In Diabetics

Date: Mar 30, 2016
Category: Hypothyroidism
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hair Loss

Question:Hi. I Have A 4 Yr Old Boxer Dog And He Has Been Losing His Hair In Patches, Just On His Sides And Lower Back. It Doesnt Bother Him And It Isnt Itchy. There Is No Lumps Or Bumps Or Redness Anywhere. The Only Thing Ive Noticed Is Before The Hair Falls Out, A Crusty Looking Clump Will Appear ( Almost Like Cradle Cap) , When This Flakes Off It Also Brings The Hair With It. This Started About 2 Months Ago And The Hair Seemed To Have Stopped Falling Out But Today I Noticed He Has Another One Of These 'clumps', Any Ideas On What Could Be Causing It? Thanks.

Answer:I Would Take Him To Vet And Have Him Evaluated For Secondary Inflammation Of Hair Follicles Called Folliculitis, Often Caused By Bacterial Infection. Antibiotics Usually Needed, However I Would Ask Vet To Check For Hypothyroid As This Can Be Underlying Cause. Other Possibilities Are Allergies, Et

Date: Oct 7, 2013
Category: Hypothyroidism
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hypothyroid

Question:Our Border Collie Has Been Diagnosis With Hypothyroid Condition. Our Local Vets Don't Want To Do Any Medical Intervention. In Your Professional Opinion What Would Be The Best Course Of Treatment, For Her. We Are Wrestling With Our Decision To Have Her Put To Sleep. Cause We Feel That She Is Suffering. Also We Are Losing A Lot Of Sleep To Her Licking/chewing All Night Long

Answer:If She Is Truly Hypothyroid, Then I Would Consider Treating Her For This To See If She Feels Better Over Several Weeks.

Date: Apr 18, 2013
Category: Hypothyroidism
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Prognosis For Hypothyroid& Cushings Disease

Question:How Long Will My Dog Live With The Double Diagnosis Of Hypothyroidism And Cushings' Disease?. She Is A Small Dog Who Has Had 2 Orthopedic Surgeries To Both Back Legs. She Is Currently 10 Going On 11 Years Old. She Got Her Diagnosis This Month. Thank You Ahead For Answering My Question. E. Pierce

Answer:With Medical Management, Both Conditions Can Be Treated And Pets Can Live Normal Life Spans.

Date: Jan 22, 2013
Category: Hypothyroidism
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Obesity

Question:I Have A Female 1/2 Pit And 1/2 Shepard. Got Her Fixed Last Yr And She Has Been Gaining Weight Ever Since. She Was 92lbs When I Brought Her To The Vets, She Is At Least 130 Lbs Now. Nothing Has Changed Much But Exercise. We Don't Walk As Much As Before. Very Concerned Because She Seems To Be Still Gaining. I Was Going To Mix Some Kelp In With Her Food. What Should I Do And Be Looking For. thank You, heidi Hood

Answer:Hi Heidi. Many Dogs Do Gain Weight After They Are Spayed. Consider Feeding Low Grain, Low Carb Diet Like Wysong Epigen Diet From 1800petmeds. Also Consider Having Vet Check Thyroid To Make Sure No Low Thyroid Involved In Signs. Hypothyroid Can Commonly Cause Weight Gain.

Date: May 4, 2011
Category: Hypothyroidism
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Boxer Syptoms

Question:Full Boxer/8yrs/treated For Hypothyroid 2mg Levothyroxine/has Disorientation/loss Of Control Back Legs,No Shaking Or Frothing Like A Seizure. Episodes More Frequent, Will Not Eat Or Drink Water When Occurs. Fell Down When Attempting To Stand Up. Thank You

Answer:I Would See Vet For Blood Workup To See If Any Underlying Problems. Could Be Brain Issue In This Boxer Breed. Neurologist Consult May Be Recommended.

Date: Dec 9, 2007
Category: Hypothyroidism
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ears

Question:I Have A Irish Setter With Ear Problems. He Has A Brown Smelly Discharge From His Ears, He Also Scratches And Shakes His Head. I Try To Keep Them Clean With Cotten Balls & Q-tips, I Also Rinse Them With White Vinigar & Water. Is There Something Im Doing Wrong, Or Is There Something Else That I Can Do For Him?

Answer:I Would Try 1800petmeds Ear Cleaning Solution As Excellent Broad Spectrum Cleanign Agent. Howver Zymox Otic Hc Might Help For Ear Inflammation. If Problem Persists, Best To See Vet For Proper Exam And Diagnosis. Many Ear Problems Are Indeed Allergy Based. You Could Also Try Benadryl At Dose Of 1 Mg Per Pound Twice Daily. Some Irish Setters Are Also Hypothyroid Which Can Also Be Tested By Blood Work As Underlying Potential Cause


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