Dog owner question
"Hi! My Gordon Setter has become unappetizing and has gained a lot of weight. The vet said it was hypothyroidism. Can you tell me more about this?"
Hypothyroidism is an underactive thyroid gland, which is particularly common in medium to large dog breeds such as Gordon setters.
The main cause of the disease is thyroid disease, which is usually caused by the dog's own immune system. This process is slow and symptoms often only appear when the thyroid gland has been largely destroyed.
Symptoms of hypothyroidism can vary, but usually include weight gain with a normal appetite, thinning or loss of coat, increased sensitivity to cold, and general weakness. There may also be skin problems such as increased scaling or inflammation.
Veterinarians usually diagnose hypothyroidism by blood tests and the condition is well managed with appropriate hormone replacement therapy.
This usually takes the form of synthetic thyroxine tablets, which the dog should take for the rest of his life.
It is important to note that treatment of hypothyroidism does not cure the disease, but it does help to alleviate symptoms and improve the dog's quality of life.
First and foremost, however, it is important to have regular medical check-ups to ensure that the dose of medication is correct and the treatment is effective.
If you have any further questions about your dog's condition, I suggest you contact a nearby vet in person!
I hope this information has been helpful!"