Hypothyroidism in Dogs
Did you know that Hypothyroidism can happen to dogs in a similar way to it happens in people? Hypothyroidism in dogs is sometimes referred to as Thyroid Hormone Deficiency. It can happen when there is a low production of T4 and T3 hormones in the dog’s thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is responsible for producing the hormones T3 (liothyronine) and T4 (levothyroxine), which are needed for the body to maintain a normal metabolism. In some cases, if the hormones are missing, a dog may develop hypothyroidism. This can often lead to symptoms that include lethargy, weakness, unexplained weight gain, hair loss, excessive shedding, poor hair growth, mental dullness, skin infections, intolerance to cold, tilting of the head to one side and even seizures or infertility. The disease is believed to affect mainly medium to large breed dogs between the ages of 4 and 10 years. Give your vet clinic Cincinnati, OH a call to learn more.