Causes for Hypothyroidism in Dogs

Hypothyroidism can occur in dogs just like it occurs in people. Clinically speaking, the illness is referred to as Thyroid Hormone Deficiency. This is because the Te and T4 hormones are missing or are not numerous enough to help maintain the dog’s metabolism. Because of this the metabolism slows down causing lethargy, weakness, weight gain, hair loss, excessive shedding, mental dullness, intolerance to cold, etc. When these symptoms occur you should call your vet to schedule an exam right away. Often times hypothyroidism is the result of an underlying illness that needs to be diagnosed and treated so that the hypothyroidism can be treated. Causes of hypothyroidism may include congenital disease, iodine deficiency, cancer, or even an after-affect of medical treatment or even surgery. Consult with your vet Michigan City, IN to learn more about this disease, how to treat it, and how to protect your dog. 


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