General information on Hypothyroidism
Hypothyroidism is a disease of the thyroid gland that controls the dogs metabolism.
Dogs that have been neutered or spayed seem to be more susceptible to Hypothyroidism.
Thyroid glands are located on the side of the neck and they produce thyroxine, which is a hormone that controls the rate of calorie burning.
Symptoms of Hypothyroidism
There can be many symptoms caused by Hypothyroidism including weight gain, loss of hair without chewing or scratching especially in the tail area, a dull coat and the dog can get exhausted by just a little exercise. Other signs include oily skin, black pigmentation and toenail problems including infections and breakage.
Treatments for Hypothyroidism
Hormone treatment prescribed from your vet will help control the dogs Hypothyroidism. Synthetic thyroxine is usually prescribed to the pet and daily doses will be needed to keep the condition under control.
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Hypothyroidism experience by - Christine
Quakertown, PA USA
My dog was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism after many years of guesses by vets, they finally did a blood test! I have been giving her pills twice a day for almost 10 months now. Her skin has healed on her ears and most of her body but now her teeth are falling out and she is getting horrible large blisters on her stomach that dry out and turn black. She has also started to lick the hair off of her legs to the point where her skin on her legs is hard, black, and scaly. Any suggestions on what it could be?
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