What happens to a dog with hyperthyroidism? When a pet’s body overproduces the thyroid hormone, it increases their metabolism, potentially resulting in weight loss, anxiety, diarrhea, and a multitude of other symptoms. This condition, known as hyperthyroidism, is fairly rare in canines but increasingly common among cats.
How do you treat hyperthyroidism in a dog? The hyperthyroid state can be medically controlled by daily administration of an antithyroid drug such as methimazole or carbimazole (5–15 mg/dog, twice daily), but such treatment will not prevent tumor growth or metastasis.
What are the symptoms of a dog with thyroid problems?
- Exercise intolerance.
- Mental dullness.
- Weight gain without a change in appetite.
- Cold intolerance.
- Changes in coat and skin, like increased shedding, hair thinning, and hair loss.
- Thickening of the skin.
What causes hyperthyroidism dog? Hyperthyroidism in dogs is almost always caused by a tumor in the thyroid gland. Canine thyroid tumors are primarily cancerous (as opposed to benign or noncancerous). The other most common cause of hyperthyroidism is overdosing a hypothyroid dog on his thyroid medication.