Pet Vet: Hypothyroidism in dogs

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Is your dog gaining weight and becoming lazy?

Those may seem like signs of aging, but a common hormone condition could actually be to blame.

Our Pet Vet, Dr. David Visser is here to tell us about hypothyroidism in dogs.

Hypothyroidism basically is not having enough thyroid hormone, and that is a problem because dogs, and people for that matter, need this important hormone to maintain body health.

Thyroid hormone is important in maintaining the health of nearly every aspect of organ functions. Thyroid hormone regulates the body’s metabolism of proteins, fats and carbohydrates. This effectively creates body warmth. It also regulates long bone development and growth.

Hypothyroid dogs typically have very low energy. You may find that they sleep far more than usual and deeper, too. Because of poor metabolism, affected dogs gain weight or have a pot belly appearance. This condition is also found more in older dogs.

Hypothyroidism is very easy to diagnose with a simple blood test.