The thyroid gland regulates the body’s metabolic rate. Hypothyroidism is a condition caused by an underactive thyroid.
Hypothyroidism typically results from lymphocytic thyroiditis or idiopathic thyroid gland atrophy.
Lymphocytic thyroiditis is an auto-immune disease, that signals the body that the thyroid gland is a foreign substance. This causes the body to try to illuminate the thyroid.
Idiopathic thyroid gland atrophy is a hereditary disease where the thyroid tissue gets replaced by fat tissue.
Atypically hypothyroidism can result from cancer or congenital abnormalities.
No. As long as you address the condition and take proper steps, your dog should return to a happy life.
Your vet will perform a physical exam and a history questionnaire of your dog. Bloodwork will be done to assess cholesterol levels and thyroid hormone levels.
Oral thyroid supplements will get your dog’s levels back to normal. Expect a least a single follow up bloodwork to make sure your dog is at the right level.