CAPS: Hyperthyroidism and Retrievers

We have four 12-week-old incredibly beautiful fluffy white Husky puppies. There are three females and one male. Cookie has blue eyes; Cheesecake is our male; Creampuff is super white; and Divinity has a pinkish nose.

We have four 12-week-old incredibly beautiful fluffy white Husky puppies. There are three females and one male. Cookie has blue eyes; Cheesecake is our male; Creampuff is super white; and Divinity has a pinkish nose.
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Dear reader, a friend recently expressed concern because her lovely Golden Retriever named Sally had developed hyperthyroidism and she wanted to know what I knew about the disease. I had to admit that I had not heard of it in dogs but I wanted to find out what it is.

Hyperthyroidism is a relatively rare disease in dogs. All dog breeds can get the disease. However; Beagles, Boxers, Golden Retrievers, and Siberian Huskies have a increased chance of developing a thyroid tumor and it often occurs in older dogs.

The thyroid is a gland located in dog’s necks that produces essential hormones that help regulate body temperature and metabolism. Problems arise when the thyroid produces too much or too little of the hormones. Production of excessive hormones is hyperthyroidism.

The usual reason for this change in the glands function is thyroid carcinoma, which is a fast-growing cancer of the thyroid. Some of the symptoms include, swelling under the neck, weight loss, gagging, increased thirst, and difficulties swallowing.

Interestingly, dogs who consume commercial raw meat diets contaminated with thyroid tissue can develop hyperthyroidism. In addition, supplements containing kelp or seaweed can also trigger tumor growth.

There are treatments available depending on the cause. If the tumor is benign, then surgery is the curative. If diet or supplement is the cause, discontinuing these will resolve the problem.

Treating a cancerous thyroid tumor can be a challenge but there are several tools to use including radiation, radioactive iodine therapy, and chemotherapy.

Of course, you will need to work closely with your veterinarian to map out a course of action.

Left untreated, thyroid carcinoma is likely to grow and spread to other parts of your dog’s body.

Early diagnoses and treatment is the key to keeping your BFF healthy and allowing them to enjoy more years of a quality life.

Prognosis for Sally’s recovery is good. Fortunately, her tumor is benign and she is an excellent candidate for surgery. Her diet has changed from raw meat to high quality dog food and she does take prescribed drugs. I love a happy conclusion!


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