1. Health
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

Discuss in my forum

Canine Hypothyroidism

Diagnosing and Treating Underactive Thyroid Problems in Dogs


Updated December 03, 2003

by Mary J. Shomon

Hypothyroidism is a disorder of the thyroid gland. This gland has a number of functions, but is most well known for regulating your dog’s metabolic rate. Hypothyroid dogs who receive proper treatment have a normal life span and are able to maintain good health well into their golden years.

While there is a genetic predisposition for thyroid disorders, environmental factors such as pollutants and allergies probably play a role as well. What every dog owner needs to know is:
  • What is hypothyroidism
  • How does a dog get hypothyroidism
  • What are the symptoms?
  • Are certain breeds more susceptible?
  • Is age or gender a factor
  • How is it diagnosed?
  • How is it treated?
  • What should I expect?
More detailed information on canine hypothyroidism is featured in an online Frequently Asked Questions on Canine Hypothyroidism guide.

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.

We comply with the HONcode standard
for trustworthy health
information: verify here.