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Even though mommy put Ash on a diet, Ash didn’t lose a lot of weight at first.  It wasn’t until mommy insisted that our vet test Ash to see if her thyroid might be out of wack that mommy got to the bottom of the problem. 

Mommy had been asking the vet to test her for quite awhile, but he didn’t seem to think there was anything wrong with her.  It wasn’t until Ash lost all of the hair on her tail and was losing it on the sides of her body, that he finally decided it was time to test here.  Honestly, she looked like she had a rat’s tail and it was really ugly.  She wasn’t very pretty without all of her fur and she was still overweight.

She looks so much better now!

Thyroid Problems in Dogs

The New and Improved Ash!

 

The vet did the test and guess what?  Ash’s thyroid was all messed up so they started her on pills.  She had hypothyroidism which means that her thyroid gland wasn’t producing enough hormones to sustain a normal level of activity.  Once she started on the pills, all of her hair came back and she lost lots of weight.  She looks so much better and she feels better!

Even though Ash had hypothyroidism there is another type of thyroid problem called hyperthyroidism which means that the thyroid gland is producing too much thyroid hormone.

Symptoms for Hypothryoidism:

  • Weight gain
  • Skin is dry and/or sensitive
  • Sores
  • Lots of shedding or hair loss
  • Lethargy
  • Heart rate is decreased
  • Intolerance to cold
  • Muscle weakness
  • Secondary infections such as eye infections and/or ear infections

Symptoms for Hyperthyroidism:

  • Weight loss
  • Increase in appetite or eats food fast
  • Urinates a lot
  • Thirsty all of the time
  • Heart rate is elevated
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Thyroid is enlarged or there is a bulge in the throat
  • Hyperactive
  • Restlessness
  • Coat is dull

Thyroid Tumors:

  • Coughing
  • Hoarseness
  • Bark is different
  • Throat area has a protruding round mass
  • Appetite has decreased

It is always import to know your pet’s routine and habits so if there is a change, you will know it and you will be able to consult your vet.  If your furry friend has any of these symptoms, you should consult your vet immediately.  Leaving a thyroid condition untreated could be fatal to your canine friend. 

Mommy is thankful that she kept insisting that the vet check Ash out and now Ash is like a brand new dog!  Well, not really but you know what I mean!

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