Hypothyroidism is the most common hormonal disease in dogs. When the thyroid gland starts weakening, your dog’s health is affected.
Keep a check on your dog’s behaviour
If your senior dog is gaining weight in spite of the same diet, you should consider the possibility of hypothyroidism. Reluctant behaviour towards any physical activity, weakness or anxiousness too are signs of the same. Occasionally, it may also lead to difficulty in swallowing: you may notice your dog coughing while eating.
Take a note of your dog’s skin and hair
Hypothyroidism affects your dog's hair too: the coat becomes dull, fragile, dry and scurfy. Hair loss can be observed all over the body, especially on the sides. In Nordic breeds, the hair becomes woolly because there is only the underhair left.
Your dog’s skin will feel thick and cold. It may also become greasy, which leads to skin infections, resulting in your dog feeling itchy.
Consult a vet
The initial stages of Hypothyroidism could be unnoticed. Therefore, annual health check-ups can assess the thyroid function in a senior dog. If symptoms of Hypothyroidism prevail, the vet will check the diagnosis by prescribing thyroid hormones. Although, the results can be hard to verify since the tests vary as per different breeds and time of the day.
Royal Canin tip:
Keep a constant watch on your dog’s behaviour and if symptoms of hypothyroidism exist, get it checked with the vet and take immediate actions.