Does Your Dog Suffer from Hypothyroidism?

What is Hypothyroidism?
The thyroid gland is found in the neck. It helps to regulate a number of bodily functions at a cellular level. One thing it helps to regulate is the production of the hormone T4. Hypothyroidism occurs when not enough T4 is produced due to the thyroid losing its proper function. There is also an autoimmune form of hypothyroidism in which the immune system attacks the tissue of the thyroid gland.

Signs of Hypothyroidism
Early Signs (most early signs are behavioral related)
– suddenly snappy or aggressive
– suddenly fearful
– suddenly submissive
– obsessive compulsive behavior
– gaining weight, but not being over fed
– furrowing of the brow

Later Signs
– continued weight gain
– low energy
– skin issues- red skin, itching, etc.
– poor coat quality
– hair loss
– disliking the cold
– depressed mood

Potential Causes of Hypothyroidism
– genetic (certain breed are more prone to thyroid issues)
– chemicals (prescription drugs, lawn chemicals, flea & tick preventatives, vaccines, heartworm products, etc.)
– exposure to toxins
– lack of exercise

What to Do
– Have your vet run a full thyroid panel (not just T4 hormone)
– If looking for a more natural route, a holistic vet will often use:
* thyroid glandular- to jump start the thyroid gland
* homeopathic remedies for thyroid- for thyroid support
– Feed your dog a healthy diet
* unprocessed foods with protein, fats, & vegetables
* fresh food, raw if possible
– Exercise your dog at least two times per day
– Remove toxins from the body
* there are a number of herbs & homeopathic remedies for removing toxins

Are you concerned that your dog may have thyroid issues? Are you suspicious that toxins or unnecessary stress may be effecting your dog’s health? If so, contact PetMedella at 612-812-9121 or email us at and ask about our Wellness Analysis Kit.