Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Canine Hypothyroidism And Seizures in Dogs

 Young Golden Retriever With Hypothyroidism--Notice the symmetrical hair loss and thin tail

Did You Know? Seizures in dogs are often associated with low or borderline low thyroid function.  Thyroid values can vary considerably and vets interpret results differently.  Just as in people, SYMPTOMS of hypothyroidism should weigh in heavily in the overall assessment of the pet.    Hypothyroidism is very common in middle aged dogs, but many dogs are undiagnosed.   Symptoms of hypothyroidism in dogs:  lethargy, weight gain (not due to excess treats!), symmetrical hair loss or thinning hair especially on the tail, chronic ear and skin infections, dull coat, slower heart rate, constipation, seizures and more.  If your dog is having seizures or any of these symptoms, ask your veterinarian about testing your dog’s thyroid and confirm that the values are mid-range not at the low end of "normal".   

Some holistic veterinarians believe the main contributing cause of hypothyroidism in dogs is the consumption of processed, grain-based, high-carbohydrate food. Dogs with hypothyroidism can benefit from Amazing Omegas, a powerful omega 3 supplement, along with Power Probiotic, AllerEaze and K9 Digestive Enzymes.  Maintaining proper digestive health and controlling food allergies is key as hypothyroidism is often auto-immune related.  Dogs with seizures show improvement using the Dog Brain Booster which provides key nutrients to the brain.  Seizures are triggered by allergies, stress, gastrointestinal issues and auto-immune triggers which is why it is so important to keep dogs with hypothyroidism on a regular schedule, feeding them 3 daily meals with plenty of exercise.