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In the Community: Thyroid Disease and Pets

44News This Morning goes Inside the Community to talk thyroid disease and our pets. Dr. Laura Wagner from McCutchanville Animal Hospital says thyroid disease is a commonly diagnosed disorder in pets. She also adds it is usually treatable.

Wagner says there are two types of Thyroid disease– hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. Hypothyroidism occurs when your dog is not secreting enough thyroid-stimulating hormone and your dog’s metabolism begins to slow. This is the most common type of thyroid disease seen in canines and is usually treatable with consistent monitoring and medications.

Hyperthyroidism is seen more commonly in felines. Signs include weight loss, increased appetite, thirst, and/or urination, hyper-excitability, vomiting and/or diarrhea, Dyspnea (shortness of breath) and Tachycardia (fast heart rate).

She says treatment typically consists of radioisotopes or oral medication. Yearly checkups including blood work, just as we have as humans, can be beneficial in early detection of a serious issue.

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