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Does the pup sleep on the bed with your husband?
Does the pup spend extensive time in close contact with your husband (ie sitting on his lap on the couch)?
Does the pup drink from the toilet?
Hypothyroidism is a common problem in many dogs as they age. With this condition, the thyroid gland stops producing adequate quantities of a hormone called thyroxine or T4.
As I am sure you know, T4 controls metabolic rate - the more you have of it the faster your metabolism.
So, in dogs that are hypothyroid, there is not enough T4 and they have very slow metabolisms. They tend to put on weight easily, and sleep a lot, especially in warm spots like in front of the fire. They may develop poor hair coats and be prone to infections (skin, bladder, eye, ear and other). It is diagnosed by a blood test and treated by giving a thyroid supplement. It is not "cured" so supplements must continue for the rest of the dog's life.
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The above is given for information only. Although I am a licensed veterinarian, I cannot legally prescribe medicines or diagnose your pet's condition without performing a physical exam. If you have concerns about your pet I would strongly advise contacting your regular veterinarian.