Dutch Shepherd Dog and Hypothyroidism: Recognise and treat properly

Dog owner question

"Hi! My Dutch Shepherd, Bruno, has recently become overweight, seems tired and his coat has changed – it has become dull and thin. I have heard that hypothyroidism is common in this breed. What symptoms should I look out for and what can I do if Bruno has hypothyroidism?"

Veterinary answer

"Hi! It's great that you've raised the issue and are concerned about Bruno's health. Dutch Sheepdogs are prone to hypothyroidism, which is a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough hormones.

Symptoms of hypothyroidism include fatigue, weight gain, changes in coat quality – such as loss of fur, dull colour or thinness – as well as sensitivity to cold and lethargy.

It appears that Bruno's symptoms of weight gain, fatigue and changes in coat may indeed be indicative of hypothyroidism.

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If you suspect hypothyroidism, it is important to see your vet as soon as possible!

The vet can carry out a blood test to detect the thyroid hormone levels in Bruno and confirm the diagnosis.

If Bruno is hypothyroid, the vet will probably prescribe hormone replacement therapy, which your dog will probably need to take for the rest of his life.

Hormone replacement therapy will help normalise thyroid hormone levels, which will relieve symptoms and improve Bruno's health.

It's important to know that hypothyroidism is usually well-treated and dogs like Bruno can live normal, healthy lives with proper treatment.

I hope this has helped and that Bruno gets better soon!"

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