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My dog has a thyroid problem what are some treatment options

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Hey my dog has a thyroid problem what are some treatment options
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Jennifer Van Noy replied 4 months ago.


I’m Dr. Jenn and I’m a licensed veterinarian with 18 years of experience. I’m here to help with your question about Kartel.

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In order to help me help you better, I’ll need a little more information. To start with, please tell me:

  • What breed of dog is Kartel?
  • What clinical signs is he experiencing?
  • What was his thyroid level?
  • Which treatment options did your veterinarian mention to you? What questions do you have about those options?

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Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Presa Canario
The last vet told me the thyroid might be damaged by his collar.
The vet recommend a harness and Natural Balance L.I.D. Limited Ingredient Diets Sweet Potato & Fish Formula Dry Dog Food
Right now he has a bad odor itching and flaky skin
Expert:  Jennifer Van Noy replied 4 months ago.

I'm sorry, I overlooked you had put Kartel's breed before.

Typically, hypothyroidism in dogs is secondary to immune-mediated destruction of the thyroid gland (the body attacks the thyroid gland). I have not heard of trauma causing an issue before, but anything is possible. If a dog's thyroid levels test low, we typically start them on thyroid hormone supplementation. There are a bunch of different brands on the market. Once we get them started for a few weeks, we retest to make sure they are now back in the normal range. If they are not, we need to increase the dose. We then typically monitor the thyroid level at least yearly once it's back in the normal range, as sometimes we do need to make dosing adjustments. Typically, it may take several months before their skin will slowly start to improve.

Doing the limited ingredient diet certainly won't hurt.

I'm going to send you a link to a good website that has some great information about hypothyroidism in dogs.

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Expert:  Jennifer Van Noy replied 4 months ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about Kartel. How is everything going?

Jennifer Van Noy