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Detecting Hypothyroidism in Dogs

Wednesday, June 27, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

Our canine friends can develop thyroid disease the same as humans . Symptoms of hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism are different. Today we will focus on hypothyroidism. The Spruce Pet has put today a list of symptoms to look out for.

Canine hypothyroidism can manifest itself in a variety of ways, and the signs may be vague. Unfortunately, these symptoms can also indicate the presence of another disorder, so be sure to consult your vet if you notice any signs of illness.

The most common symptoms of hypothyroidism include the following:

  • Obesity/weight gain
  • Hair loss on the body and tail (rat tail appearance)
  • Dull, dry hair coat
  • Skin issues, such as infection or flaking
  • Otitis (ear infection)
  • Lethargy and weakness
  • Behavioral changes

Less common but potentially serious complications of hypothyroidism include vestibular dysfunction (vertigo) and other neurological disorders, heart problems, and various health issues associated with obesity.

One or more of the above symptoms may occur in hypothyroid dogs, but even dogs with no symptoms can have the disease. For this reason, your dog should visit the vet for a wellness exam and routine blood work at least once or twice a year.

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