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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

When Hypothyroidism Strikes

When Hypothyroidism Strikes

A sheltie is expected to live for 10 to 15 years as long as proper care is provided. However, much is your desire to keep your sheltie fit, inevitable circumstances may appear along the way and eventually affect your pets health and life negatively. Shelties from reputable breeders are less likely to develop health issues however, some lines may be susceptible to diseases, one of which is hypothyroidism.

Hypothyroidism, as the name implies, is a disorder associated with thyroid gland. This thyroid gland secretes thyroid hormone that is known to regulate a dogs metabollic rate. Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland is unable to produce enough thyroid hormone due to the attacks made by dogs immune system to the tissues of the thyroid gland. This therefore decreases the dogs metabollic rate. While thyroid disorders are often considered as genetic diseases, environmental factors such as pollutants and allergies may also trigger the disorder.

To determine if your sheltie is affected by hypothyroidism, here are some symptoms to watch out:Decreased activity and unwillingness to play and exerciseChronic ear infectionsThere are various methods used to diagnose hypothyroidism. However it is important that all diagnosis must begin with examination by looking for clinical signs of hypothyroidism as well as taking history of the dog. If hypothyroidism is suspected, it must be confirmed through tests such as:

Treatment of hypothyroidism consists of levothyroxine. Levothyroxine, a synthetic thyroid hormone, can be given twice daily to replace the dogs hormone. Dosage maybe dropped to once a day if positive results start to appear..

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