Thyroid Disease

Thyroid disease is one of the most common, and often mis or undiagnosed, problems in dogs.  The thyroid is a gland located in the neck which produces body-regulating hormones that are critical to the whole body running smoothly, including organs and heart.  A thyroid that is malfunctioning can produce a cascade of problems, including weight gain or loss, heart issues, skin problems, and diarrhea or constipation.  If left untreated for too long thyroid problems will lead to debilitating conditions and death.  Hypothyroidism is most common in dogs, while hyperthyroidism is more common in cats.  There are many effective ways to support thyroid function in our pets, even if there isn’t a problem, with holistic supplements and natural foods.  We carry a variety of supportive herbs and nutraceuticals to help you and your pet reach your goals for healthy thyroid functioning.

  • Hypothyroidism

Signs & Symptoms:  Lethargy, weight gain (no appetite change), mental dullness, intolerance of exercise/heat/cold, constipation or diarrhea, changes in coat (increased shedding, hair loss), thickening of skin, reproductive problems (intact pets)

  • Hyperthyroidism

Signs & Symptoms:  Weight loss, increased appetite and/or thirst, congestive heart failure, increased excitability, fast heart rate, enlarged heart, vomiting, diarrhea, increased stool volume, increased urination, shortness of breath, enlarged thyroid gland

Diagnosis & Treatment:  If you suspect your pet may have a thyroid problem, discuss it with your veterinarian and get a diagnosis (done with a simple blood test).  Treatment usually includes replacing the thyroid hormone that is low with either synthetic or a bio-identical thyroxine, radiation, chemotherapy, or surgery depending on if the thyroid is low or high.  Natural support includes adding fresh omega-rich oils to the diet, ensuring that the diet is correctly balanced (easy to do if you use a commercially available diet) & reduce or eliminate foods that may contain contaminants or pesticides – organic is best!  Adding certain herbs for thyroid and adrenal gland support can be immensely helpful too, like our tranquility or calming herbal blends.  Always consult with your vet for a diagnosis & therapy.

*The staff at The Natural Pet Market are well educated & our products are well researched, but we are not licensed veterinarians and cannot provide medical diagnosis or prescription, nor can we be a substitute for visiting a veterinarian.  We believe in holistic care and treatment and we strive to support you with the best advice in holistic care of your pets.