The Natural Thyroid Diet
Providing poor nutrition, overvaccinating, and neutering or spaying a puppy too early can cause a disease called hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism refers to an underactive thyroid gland, which causes physical as well as behavioral abnormalities. Rarely seen until the 1970s, this disease has become more prevalent as the way of managing dogs has changed in the last 30 years. More than 50 percent of all dogs today show some signs of this disease. The thyroid gland is part of the endocrine gland system. This system not only controls many of the hormones in the body but also the brain's ability to deal with stress. Note The preceding behaviors were reported in a 1997 English study, and nearly all the abnormal behaviors disappeared when thyroid medication was administered. How can you tell if Buddy has a thyroid-related problem If he's exhibiting any of the behaviors listed in this section, make an appointment with your vet as soon as possible. If you want to reassure yourself that Buddy...
A rather unusual condition in dogs, hyperthyroidism is the opposite of hypothyroidism namely, the thyroid gland produces too much thyroid hormone. Thyroid cancer is the usual cause of hyperthyroidism in dogs. You must have your veterinarian diagnose and treat hyperthyroidism. If your dog has it, your vet will have to address the cancer or (if not cancer) the overproduction of thyroid hormones either with radioactive iodine (which destroys thyroid tissue) or antithyroid medications.
By far, hypothyroidism is the most common thyroid disease in dogs. It occurs when the thyroid gland produces too little thyroxine, or thyroid hormone. Certain breeds of dogs tend to have a predisposition to hypothyroidism, and in some breeds, the condition may have a genetic component. If you suspect your dog is suffering from hypothyroidism, have your veterinarian test your dog for the disease. If your dog has hypothyroidism, your vet can prescribe thyroid pills.
A recent study shows that a lengthy list of behavior problems, including aggression, can be attributed to hypothyroidism, which is an underactive thyroid. This condition affects almost 50 percent of the entire dog population. Fortunately, it is easily treated with inexpensive medication, but it must be treated. When you notice a sudden behavior change, such as a lack of interest in activities that he normally enjoys, your first course of action should be to take your dog to your veterinarian for a thorough checkup. Request a blood test that includes a complete thyroid panel. Even if the results show that his thyroid is functioning in the low end of the normal range, the dog may benefit from medication.
Tibetan Mastiffs need experienced dog owners. They are protective, and the owners must have control. They can be good with children but may not understand rough play. They are good with other family dogs but will not tolerate strange dogs. Health concerns include hip and elbow dysplasia, eye problems, and thyroid disease. This breed does best with an owner who understands terriers they may be too much for a first-time dog owner. They are not always patient with children. Most Welsh Terriers are good with other dogs but should not be trusted with other types of pets. Health concerns include epilepsy, eye and thyroid problems, and allergies.
The Keeshond is a wonderful family dog, great with kids, other dogs, and small pets. Bred as companion dogs, they take this job seriously and are not happy when left alone for too long each day. The primary health concerns include hip dysplasia, heart disease, thyroid problems, and epilepsy. This breed needs an experienced dog owner a person who can be a leader. He also needs someone who enjoys a canine shadow and who will spend time with him. Kuvaszok are not happy spending hours alone. A Kuvasz is great with the family's children but will not tolerate rough play from visitors. Health concerns include hip dysplasia, eye disorders, and thyroid disease.
If you suspect that your Dachshund is over- or underweight, also check with your vet to rule out a health problem (such as a thyroid or digestive issue) and formulate a plan of action. A new diet, new feeding habits, or simply a decrease in treats and table scraps will probably be the prescription (see Chapter 8). Certainly,
The ancestry of Am Staffs includes dogs who were bred to fight and sometimes to fight other dogs. Because of this, Am Staffs often do not get along with other dogs, especially dogs of the same sex. Although early socialization can often temper this reaction, interactions with other dogs should always be closely supervised, and those who show aggression should no longer be allowed to socialize. To prevent potential problems, all exercise should be on leash or within a fenced yard. Am Staffs are excellent watchdogs. They are also gentle and affectionate family dogs who are tolerant of children's rough play. When raised with other pets, they can be gentle and patient. Health concerns include hip dysplasia, allergies, and thyroid problems.
Manchesters do best with owners who understand the terrier temperament. These dogs can be great with kids, as Manchesters love to play however, they will not tolerate rough handling. This breed is usually good with other dogs but should not be trusted with smaller pets. Health concerns include a sensitivity to anesthetics, von Willebrand disease, and thyroid disease.
This is a group of diseases that is caused by a failure of the immune system. It includes sebaceous adenitis, pemphigus, and VKH (skin diseases) hemolytic anemia systemic lupus polyarthritis and some thyroid disease. Although these diseases seem to be genetic, they are often triggered by stress. Some seem to be specific to a few breeds, while others affect many
Many trainers and behaviorists feel that as much as 20 percent of all behavior problems may have some root in physical or health-related problems. Thyroid or hormone imbalances can cause behavior problems, as can many medications. Seizure disorders may have a relationship with unpredictable aggression. A bladder or urinary tract infection can cause housetraining difficulties. An ear infection can cause enough pain that the dog will snap when her head is touched. Many, many physical and health problems can cause behavior problems or changes in normal behavior.
This breed can be very difficult for a first-time dog owner or for an owner who wants a compliant dog. A Basenji's owner needs a sense of humor. The Basenji can be good with children when they treat her with respect. She may chase cats and can be dog-aggressive. Health concerns include eye, kidney, and thyroid problems and anemia.
Castration is an emotionally charged subject for many dog owners. It is perfectly understandable that people feel uncomfortable about surgically removing part of their dog's anatomy. Many people are afraid of how their dog might change. Still others are attracted to the idea of using their dog at stud. However, dogs only change for the better following castration. Dogs who protect the house continue to do so hunting dogs work just as well after as before. Some dogs gain weight following castration. They simply need to have the amount of food they eat reduced. If the weight gain doesn't respond to a change in diet, you might want to have your veterinarian run a thyroid test on your dog, which requires analysis of a blood sample.
Alaskan Malamute 23-25 inches tall 75-110 pounds developed as a sled dog in Alaska good with older children needs daily exercise can be boisterous, independent, and domineering can be aggressive to other dogs and to small animals may be difficult to train howls digs susceptible to hip dysplasia, thyroid problems and dwarfism. Akita 24-28 inches tall 75-110 pounds developed in Japan to hunt bear and other large game good with children if raised with children sheds profusely twice a year but doesn't need much grooming aggressive to other dogs and small animals independent needs daily exercise strong-willed and domineering can be difficult to train and susceptible to hip dysplasia, knee injuries thyroid problems, and progressive retinal atrophy, a genetic eye disease.
The Toller needs an actively involved, experienced owner who enjoys training and will keep this intelligent dog busy. Tollers are great with children, although puppies can be rowdy. They are normally good with smaller pets. Health concerns include hip dysplasia, eye defects, and thyroid disease.
The Irish Setter needs a fun-loving owner who doesn't take life too seriously. He can be good with children, although puppies may be rowdy and rough. He is good with other dogs but should not be trusted with smaller pets. Health concerns include hip dysplasia, as well as thyroid and eye problems.
The Laekenois are watchful and protective. They are affectionate with their people but tend to bond more closely with one family member. They can be good with older children but will tend to try to herd them. They can be good with smaller pets if raised with them but, again, will try to herd cats. Health concerns include hip and elbow dysplasia, eye and thyroid problems, and epilepsy. The Malinois is too much dog for a first-time dog owner she requires an active, experienced owner who understands what she needs. She can be a good family dog but tends to bond more closely with one person in the family. She may not be good with other dogs she wants to be in charge. She should not be trusted with small pets she has a strong prey drive. Health concerns include hip and elbow dysplasia and eye and thyroid problems.
Min Pins today are companion dogs and need to spend time with people. They can, however, take advantage of a soft owner. Although most Min Pins like to play with children (the dogs enjoy the playfulness and busyness of kids), these dogs are very small and fragile. Play with children, especially small children, should be limited and closely supervised. Many breeders will not sell puppies to homes with small children. This breed can be aggressive with other dogs. Health concerns include luxated patellas, Legg-Perthe's disease, and thyroid problems. This breed needs an owner who understands what a mastiff is and can handle the breed's natural protectiveness. Interactions with children must be supervised, as children could be inadvertently knocked down or hurt. These dogs are often dogaggressive, especially with dogs of the same sex. Health concerns include sensitivity to heat, eye defects, heart and thyroid problems, and hip dysplasia.
This is a great family dog who will become very attached to her people. She enjoys playing with children as long as they are not too rough. Many Bostons have been dressed up in doll clothes and wheeled in doll carriages, and they put up with it all with great patience. Bostons generally get along well with other dogs, although playtime with larger dogs should be supervised Bostons have no idea that they are are small, and larger dogs could hurt them inadvertently. If a strange dog challenges a Boston, she will not back away from a scuffle. Interactions with small pets should be supervised. Health concerns include breathing disorders, deafness, and thyroid and knee problems.
Smiley-Auborn says, Harriers are outgoing, friendly, gregarious, affectionate, self-willed, independent, intelligent, determined, and inquisitive. As pack hounds, they are good with other dogs and do best in a home with at least one or two other dogs. They are wonderful with children and, when raised with small pets, can be okay with them, although they will chase running animals. Health concerns include hip dysplasia and eye and thyroid problems.
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