From The Planet Paws Essentials Facebook Group
Pawsians, our friends at Fetch Inc. and Paws4Health are hosting their annual Thyroid Profile Blood Clinic. The results are sent & tested by highly respected health Vet guru Dr. Jean Dodds, author of The Canine Thyroid Epidemic.
Dr. Jean D…odds started Hemopet’s non-profit animal blood bank and greyhound rescue/adoption program in 1986. Today, Hemopet offers the most advanced canine thyroid testing in the world. The quality, patented technology, service and consultation is used worldwide to benefit dogs with canine thyroid disease.
Hypothyroidism causes a wide variety of symptoms, but is often suspected in dogs that have trouble with weight gain or obesity and suffer from hair loss and skin problems.
It is common for pets with hypothyroidism to gain weight while only eating moderately. These dogs have been described as “easy keepers” because they gain weight so easily.
That does not mean that most overweight dogs have thyroid disease – they are just eating too much, eating too rich a diet and get too little exercise. Many owners are oblivious to weight gain in their pets. But when an animal’s backs become flattened instead of curved and they huff and puff with every exertion some owners bring them in for a check up.
Other symptoms include –
- Mental dullness
- Lethargy; listlessness
- Exercise intolerance
- Reluctance to engage in normal activities
- Intolerance to cold (“heat-seeking” behavior)
- Weight gain, without increased appetite or food consumption
- Symmetrical hair loss (alopecia), without itchiness (bilaterally symmetric, nonpruitic truncal alopecia; the head and legs are often spared)
- Excessive shedding
- Greasy skin; flaky skin (seborrhea)
- Pimples or other pustules on the skin (pyoderma)
- Chronic ear infections (otitis)
- Skin thickening, especially on the face and forehead (myxedema), giving a puffy appearance referred to as a “tragic facial expression”
The dog’s neuromuscular, reproductive, cardiovascular and/or gastrointestinal systems may be affected as well, causing one or more of the following symptoms:
- Slow heart rate (bradycardia)
- Incoordination (ataxia)
- Heart arrhythmias (irregular heart rhythms)
- Decreased libido (reduced sex drive)
- Testicular atrophy
Only 20 samples can be sent and tested each year, so this is first registered first served basis! There are around 12 more spots available.