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Hypothyroidism refers to any condition in which the thyroid gland produces too little thyroid hormone. Hypothyroidism is the most common endocrine disease in dogs. Symptoms may include weight gain with no change in diet, feeling run down, slow, depressed, sluggish, cold, or tired and having dry skin and hair loss, constipation, muscle cramps, slow heart rate and infertility. Some pets have swelling in the front of the neck due to thyroid enlargement (a goiter).

 

In most cases, hypothyroidism is caused by a condition called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, in which a pets immune system attacks and destroys the thyroid. Hypothyroidism can also be caused by treatment of hyperthyroidism or by certain medications, and it may be present from birth. The thyroid may temporarily become under active after pregnancy or if it is inflamed due to a viral infection. Finally, a problem with the pituitary gland can cause hypothyroidism.

 

Hyperthyroidism:

 

Hyperthyroidism refers to any condition in which the body has too much thyroid hormone. These hormones regulate the body's metabolic rate and affect every system in the body.

 

Hyperthyroidism is rare in dogs but is the most common endocrine (hormone) disorder that affects cats.

 

The onset occurs most commonly in middle to old-age cats with a reported range between 4 and 22 years. Five percent of these cats develop hyperthyroidism before age eight. The breed or sex does not appear to be a tendency. 

 




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