The noticeable signs of hypothyroidism develop slowly over a period of time and are frequently mistaken as part of the ageing process.
As a result of hypothyroidism dogs may:
To confirm the diagnosis of hypothyroidism your veterinary surgeon will have to take a blood sample to measure the thyroid hormone (T4) and the thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH).
Thyforon is a licensed treatment for hypothyroidism in dogs, containing levothyroxine sodium, a synthetic replacement for the missing thyroid hormones.
Thyforon can be given either with food or on an empty stomach. It is important though that you follow the same medication routine every day.
If you forget to give a Thyforon tablet or if you are not sure that your dog has eaten the tablet (e.g. if given with food), you should not change anything in your procedures. Just give the next tablet as planned, and do not double the dosage. If you are in any way in doubt about the dosing contact your veterinary surgeon.
Hypothyroidism cannot be cured. In order to maintain normal T4 and T3 concentrations in the blood your dog will need to have Thyforon every day for the rest of its life.
Thyforon will manage hypothyroidism and the outward signs but it will not cure the disease.
Now that your dog has started treatment, you will soon notice marked improvements, your dog will quickly become more alert and attentive, and other symptoms will improve over the coming months.
It is important that you arrange regular check-ups with your veterinary surgeon to ensure that your dog’s thyroid hormone levels remain stable.
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