About Natural Support for Thyroid Problems in Dogs
Thyroid problems in dogs have a long list of sneaky symptoms – they start showing themselves slowly and you may not even realize they are all related to the proper function of this delicate little gland.
The thyroid is a small gland in the neck that controls the metabolism of all cellular functions. It does this by making and releasing a hormone called thyroxine. A healthy thyroid produces the perfect amount of this hormone but if a problem develops, things start to get out of whack. Too much of the hormone causes hyperthyroidism, not enough causes hypothyroidism.
Hyperthyroidism is very rare in dogs, but unfortunately, hypothyroidism is not. All dogs can develop low thyroid levels leading to hypothyroidism, but there are many breeds of dog that are actually predisposed to this disorder. Golden and Labrador retrievers, Boxers, Cocker Spaniels and Great Danes are a few of the most susceptible breeds.
Symptoms to Look for with Thyroid Problems in Dogs:
Weight gain – Low thyroid causes the metabolism to slow down, causing an otherwise normal and healthy diet to add some pounds.
Hair Loss – hypothyroidism also impacts hair follicles, causing a poor coat and hair loss. Interestingly, this hair loss occurs in a symmetrical pattern – the same on one side as the other.
Skin issues – dry, scaly and greasy skin or dark skin patches are also common symptoms of hypothyroidism. These skin issues powerfully demonstrate the impact low thyroid has on a cellular level. Often times, thyroid problems in dogs are accompanied by a systemic yeast overgrowth.
Lethargy and oversleeping – dogs often feel more fatigued as their metabolism slows.
Other symptoms you may start to notice include constipation, cold chills, and a lowered heart rate. These are all directly related to the slowing of cellular function from lack of the hormone thyroxine.
If you suspect low thyroid levels in your dog it’s time to take him to the vet so they can perform a complete thyroid panel. We recommend requesting the Thyroid Profile 5 Plus. We also recommend checking out more information from Dr. Jean Dodds – renown for her work and research regarding thyroid issues.