Thyroid disease affects hundreds of thousands of pets each year. Unfortunately, symptoms of thyroid disease can vary and can be difficult to spot. This is why it’s so important to have your pet checked regularly by a
Problems with the thyroid can be diagnosed through a comprehensive blood panel, urinalysis, and occasionally, by feeling for lumps in the neck.
Hyperthyroidism is extremely common in cats but rare in dogs. In cats, hyperthyroidism is caused by an overproduction of the thyroid hormone thyroxin. In dogs, hyperthyroidism is caused by either a tumor on the thyroid, or as a result of medication used to treat underproduction of thyroid hormones.
Hyperthyroidism can cause a number of symptoms, although increased appetite combined with weight loss is generally the first sign. Other symptoms include:
- Excessive thirst
- Unkempt appearance
- Increased urination
- Increased shedding
- Poor body condition
- Rapid breathing
- Difficulty breathing
- Enlarged thyroid (felt as a bump in the neck)
- Rapid or abnormal heart rate
Dogs with hyperthyroidism might experience general apathy, loss of appetite, weakness, and depression. Skin changes and hair loss are also common.
Hypothyroidism is the most common hormonal disease affecting the skin and coats of dogs. Symptoms of hypothyroidism include:
- Hair loss
- Dry, brittle hair
- Changes in skin pigmentation
Issues With the Skin and Coat
Many conditions and ailments announce themselves on the skin and coat. Problems with the thyroid can cause hair loss, thickening of the skin, and changes to the color of skin. It’s extremely important that you have your pet checked by a professional if you notice changes to their skin or coat.
Thyroid disease is extremely common, but can be treated if diagnosed early. It’s crucial that issues are identified and addressed in a timely manner. Our groomers will let you know if they find anything out of the ordinary during your pet’s grooming appointment.
Claws N Paws Day Spa offers dog and cat grooming in Orange County, CA. Our groomers have over fifty years of combined experience. We have seen many pets with thyroid problems and understand the importance of prompt treatment. Please talk to your veterinarian if you have questions about your pet’s health.