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Thyroid Awareness Month

Not all animals are the same

Young animals are still growing and adolescents are maturing — optimal thyroid levels are expected to be in the upper half of the references ranges. For geriatric animals, basal metabolism is usually slowing down and optimal thyroid levels are likely to be closer to midrange or even slightly lower.

  • Puppies have higher basal thyroid levels than adults
  •  Geriatrics have lower basal thyroid levels than adults
  •  Small and toy dog breeds gave higher levels
  •  Large and giant dog breeds have lower levels
  •  Sighthound breeds have lower levels
Did you know?
Thyroid hormone is given apart from foods containing calcium or soy, to ensure absorption
Half-life of thyroxine in dogs is short; give total daily dose divided morning and night
T4 alone not accurate for thyroid assessment; minimum needs are T4 and free T4
Even those 2 assays fail to detect heritable thyroiditis; thyroid antibody (TgAA) needed
cTSH poor predictor of thyroid dysfunction in dogs with 30% discordancy (false negative & false positive)
cTSH helpful in diagnosis and follow up monitoring of hyperthyroid cats
Thyroid glandular and other support insufficient to correct true thyroid dysfunction
To facilitate diagnosis of thyroid disorders, veterinarians need to routinely employ more complete thyroid profiles, and there is a need to balance affordability with accuracy.
 
Thyroid Dysfunction is the most frequently recognized endocrine disorder of pets and it’s often difficult to make a definitive diagnosis, since many clinical signs mimic those resulting from other causes.
Dogs
Hypothyroidism is the most common endocrine disorder of canines. Nearly 90 percent of canine cases result from autoimmune thyroiditis. The heritable nature of this disorder poses significant genetic implications for breeding stock.
Common symptoms to look for in dogs:
  • Scratching  •  Hair loss  •  Seizures  •  Chronic bowel issues • Seizures in adulthood  •  Chewing feet and skin  •  Skin and ear infections  • Behavioral changes: aggression, moodiness, phobias

Cats
Hyperthyroidism in readily induced, especially in geriatric cats, by feeding commercial pet foods, treats and snacks containing excessive amounts of iodine. This finding has led to a major change in the iodine formulations of feline commercial pet foods.
Common symptoms to look for in cats:
Pacing  •  Anxiety  •  Phobias   •  Howling  •  House soiling  • Insatiable hunger  •  Dementia with aging  •  Hunger and weight loss

Nutrition Affects Thyroid Function
Maintaining a health thyroid gland requires: adequate, but not excessive, amounts of copper, Iodine, iron, linoleic acid, magnesium, Lactobacillus probiotic, selenium, vitamins C, B-2, B-6, E, and E. zinc, and fresh vegetables and fruits.
Negative effects of foods on thyroid function (goitrogens) occur with millet, soybeans and soybean isoflavones (genistein) and all glutens as they contain gliadin, the protein that mimics thyroxine (avoid wheat, barley, rye, oats unless labelled as gluten-free, kamut, spelt, farro and couscous).

 

Purchase your copy of  “The Canine Thyroid Epidemic” by W Jean Dodds
and Diana R Laverdure, Dog Wise, 2011



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