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Anna, Pet Expert/Biologist
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Experience:  40 yrs.: herps, pocket pets, rabbits, poultry, dogs, horses. Biology degree. Vet assistant.
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I am looking for holistic treatment and/or western medicine for my dog with hypothyroid. And I need someone who is highly experienced and specializes in this area. I know the thyroid system is a major system and many complications can occur if not treated properly and quickly. But I want an effective treatment and not guess on what to do for her. She is a 6 yr old Pomeranian. The sweetest dog you would ever want to meet. And my best buddy. I lost my entire right leg 6 months ago due to an extremely aggressive cancer diagnosed Jan2015 and my baby means everything to me. Now that I lost my leg, I cannot bare the fact that my baby is going downhill fast. I have been reading and researching her condition for weeks and see A LOT of contradictory holistic and western medicine options. So I don't know what to trust and don't know what to do. Please help ASAP. She is not doing well.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Pet
Expert:  Anna replied 1 year ago.

Hello and welcome. I apologize that no one has responded to you sooner. Different experts come on at various times. I just logged on and saw your question. I'm so sorry for all you and your baby are going through. My name is*****'m not the specialist that you were looking for, but I am a biologist with a special interest in canine health. I have over 40 years of experience with dogs. I would like to help if that is acceptable to you. If it is, please let me know what your vet has recommended, and what symptoms your dog is exhibiting. Thank you. Anna

Customer: replied 1 year ago.

I need someone who is familiar with treating dogs holistically. and with treating thyroid issues in dogs holistically. Can yo do that?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.

I need help with treating her condition holistically. Are you experienced and able to help with that?

Expert:  Anna replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for getting back to me. Here is the problem with hypothyroidism and treatment: if you want to help your dog, holistic and conventional treatment is the same. Let me explain.

There are many, many possible signs of a thyroid problem, ranging from aggression to heart problems. You can read more about thyroid problems, including a long list of possible symptoms on this site written by Dr. Jean Dodds, the leading expert on autoimmune problems and thyroid problems in dogs. She advocates for holistic care.

If your dog does have hypothyroidism, there is no alternative treatment. It would have to be treated by replacing the thyroid hormone your dog is deficient in, usually with Synthroid or Soloxine, given twice daily. These are the same hormones used in humans who are hypothyroid. Follow- up testing is done to monitor levels. There is no substitute treatment.

There are many websites out there touting supplements and glandulars. Those things can be helpful in early stages where the thyroid gland is functioning, but not optimally. Once the gland is not producing thyroxin, they will not help. The dog must have thyroxin. thyroxin is not a drug or medicine, it is the hormone that the thyroid gland normally produces, but now has stopped. If your baby is going downhill, she is not in the early stages. If hypothyroidism is allowed to progress to the point where the heart is damaged, it can be fatal.

I have had dogs who were hypothyroid. On thyroxin, all symptoms disappeared, and there were no side effects. Thyroxin is inexpensive. When a conventional vet prescribes thyroxin, he/she usually uses Synthroid. When a holistic vet prescribes it, she/he uses Armour thyroxin, which is derived naturally. Both do the same thing.

The supplements, etc. that some people recommend are used as supportive care, not the primary treatment. In fact, some of them can actually be harmful to a dog with hypothyroidism. The Whole Dog Journal is the most respected holistic dog care publication. You can confirm what I have told you in their article:

When looking at all that contradictory information, keep in mind that absolutely anyone can set up a website and claim to be an expert. Many of them are trying to sell something. If you'll send me links for the websites you have been reading, I would be happy to read them and fact check them.

In the meantime, if your little girl has been diagnosed hypothyroid by your vet, I urge you to get her on thyroxin before it is too late. I know this isn't what you want to hear, but I believe you deserve honesty. If I gave you a list of supplements to use, I would be doing you and your dog a disservice. It could even have fatal consequences. I am simply telling you the truth.

If you have more questions, or want me to check some websites, let me know in a REPLY. I hope your baby will soon return to normal.


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