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Old 11-16-2014, 11:21 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by myfancee View Post
Was it MTHFR gene? If so there is a high probability of developing hypothyroidism. Cats tend to get hypERthyroidism and dogs hypOthyroidism not sure why that is. I would watch carefully for signs of hypothyroidism to begin they don't necessarily begin with just food and weight issues.

How often should I get her blood tested? Like once a year?
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Old 11-17-2014, 04:04 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I don't know how often to test her blood. There are symptoms other than weight gain to watch for. The following is an excerpt from Dr.
Mercola's Healthy Pets website.

"Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

If your dog has hypothyroidism, she’ll have at least some and often several of the following symptoms:
•Depression; also significant behavioral changes like aggression, head tilting, anxiety, compulsiveness, seizures
•Lack of energy – frequent napping, exercise intolerance, lack of interest in physical activity and play
•Weight gain without an increase in appetite
•Low tolerance for the cold; slow heart rate
•Skin changes – dryness, hair loss, discoloration or thickening, bacterial infections
•Chronic infections, including ears, skin
Diagnosis and Treatment

There are a number of ways to measure the thyroid health of your pup through blood tests with ‘T’ names like free T3, free T4, T3, T4, AAT3, AAT4 and TSH.
If your dog is diagnosed with autoimmune thyroiditis -- confirmed by elevated AAT3 and AAT4 levels -- unfortunately, in most cases you’ll need to start your pet on a synthetic thyroid pill and she’ll be on it for the rest of her life.
Usually by the time your pet has enough auto-antibodies to be measured on a blood test there has been irreparable thyroid damage and synthetic hormone replacement is almost always inevitable."
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