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March is Thyroid Month

Hypothyroidism

Thyroid gland does not produce enough hormone
The thyroid glands play an important role in the normal metabolism of all body cells. Hypothyroidism is the most common hormonal disorder of dogs and typically affects dogs between 4 to 10 years of age. Common signs of this illness include:

    • Lethargy, reluctance to play or go on walks
    • Tires easily after exercise
    • Not as bright and alert or aware of surroundings as before
    • Weight gain
    • Heat seeking behavior – tends to seek sunlight, next to the refrigerator or heating vents to lie because these areas are warm
    • Intestinal problems that may come and go such as diarrhea or vomiting
    • Skin problems including hair loss that is symmetrical on both sides of your pet, dull dry coat, increased pigment to the skin, bacterial skin infections are also more common
    • Some pets with hypothyroidism also have a slower than normal heart rate

Treatment involves daily thyroid hormone supplementation.

Hyperthyroidism

Thyroid gland produces too much hormone

The thyroid glands play an important role in the normal metabolism of all body cells. Hyperthyroidism is the most common hormonal disorder of cats and typically affects cats over 8 years of age. Common signs in cats include:

    • Voracious appetite
    • Weight Loss
    • Vocalization
    • Heart murmurs due to cardiomyopathy
    • Rough hair coat
    • Blindness

Various treatment options exist including medications and surgery depending on the needs of the individual patient.

by Lianne Martin on Argyle Veterinary Hospital

once again......Drs. Bitters, Helmsley & Ali go above and beyond to effectively diagnose & treat one of our beloved equine family members. Absolute... Read More

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