Blaze (above) lived for 12 glorious years and for the most part, completely healthy. I personally attribute it to a combination of: phenomenal breeding, love, exercise, a great diet but also recognizing the symptoms of Canine Hypothyroidism. From our previous experience with Gunner, we got Blaze diagnosed and treated early but many dogs go on without diagnosis for far too long!
The 4th book, By The Numbers, has our Blaze featured in it as well as many other Hypothyroid dogs of all breeds, shapes and sizes, sharing laughs, love and knowledge! This book is an enjoyable quick read that teaches you everything you need to know about Canine Hypothyroidism and is in complete "easy speak".
Please, download YOUR copy of:
By The Numbers
Give it away to friends, share it - learn it and in Blaze's honor - help bring attention to Canine Hypothyroidism so that others may have their beloved canine for as many years as possible!
ADDITION : MEDICAL DOSING : Did you know that many feel the maximum dosage for medium sized dogs should be .1mg per 15lbs of the dogs IDEAL weight? Also, for ALL CANINES pills should be given 1 hour before or 3 hours after food and 12 hours apart! IF your dog is currently on meds for other issues - further due diligence is required to insure of no conflicts. I would like to say, I AM NOT A VET, but offer this information in case you feel it's worth further discussion with your vet!
What are the signs of canine thyroid disease?
Normal thyroid function affects just about every aspect of a dog’s health, including:
• Maintaining healthy skin and coat
• Maintaining proper body weight
• Promoting mental alertness and concentration
• Fighting infections
• Maintaining the body’s temperature
• Controlling growth and maturation
• Facilitating normal reproduction
Since the thyroid gland regulates metabolism of all of the body’s cellular activities,reduced thyroid function can produce a wide range of clinical signs, including:
Alterations in cellular metabolism
• Weight gain
• Mental dullness
• Cold intolerance
• Exercise intolerance
• Mood swings
• Neurologic signs (polyneuropathy, stunted growth, seizures)
• Chronic infections
• Knuckling or dragging feet
• Muscle wasting
• Laryngeal paralysis
• Facial paralysis
• Head tilt
• “Tragic” expression
• Drooping eyelids
• Ruptured cruciate ligament
• Dry, scaly skin and dandruff
• Chronic offensive skin odor
• Coarse, dull coat
• Bilaterally symmetrical hair loss
• “Rat tail”
• “Puppy coat”
• Seborrhea with greasy skin
• Seborrhea with dry skin
• Pyoderma or skin infections myxedema
• Prolonged interestrus interval
• Lack of libido
• Absence of heat cycles
• Testicular atrophy
• Silent heats
• Weak, dying, or stillborn pups
• Slow heart rate (bradycardia)
• Cardiac arrhythmia
Hematologic (blood) disorders
• Bone marrow failure
• Low red blood cells (anemia), white blood cells, platelets
Ocular (eye) diseases
• Corneal lipid deposits
• Corneal ulceration
• Keratoconjunctivitis sicca or “dry eye”
• Infections of eyelid glands (Meibomian gland)
• Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada syndrome
Other associated disorders
• IgA deficiency
• Loss of smell (dysosmia)
• Loss of taste
• Other endocrinopathies, including chronic active hepatitis (adrenal, parathyroid, pancreatic)
The classical signs associated with hypothyroidism (significant weight gain, lethargy, cold intolerance, poor skin and hair coat) typically occur only after 70% or more of the thyroid tissue has been destroyed or damaged.
TESTING : please demand a FULL COMPREHENSIVE THYROID TEST. A full thyroid panel includes tests that help evaluate Thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), free and total triiodothyronine (total or free T3), free and total thyroxine (free and total T4), and thyroid antibody test. ... These antibodies will either stimulate or harm the thyroid gland and its function.
Alot of vets just do a basic T4 and sometimes it does come back "fine". But when the full panel is done - then you see the issues.