Luna arrived at the animal clinic in the heart of the city, looking like an ordinary dog!
The owner complained that Luna was more tired than usual. He no longer comes happily to the door and seems more sad.
At the clinic, we carried out a thorough examination and tests on Luna. In addition to fatigue, Luna experienced joint and muscle pain, low blood pressure and heart rate. Specific blood tests finally helped to catch the disease. Diagnosis of hypothyroidism!
What is hypothyroidism? This is a condition in which the thyroid gland does not produce enough hormones.
The thyroid gland is located in the neck area of dogs and produces hormones that regulate metabolism. The thyroid hormones are thyroxine and triiodothyronine. The production of thyroid hormones is controlled by the pituitary gland.
Hypothyroidism can be caused by a number of thyroid diseases: for example, autoimmune diseases in which the body’s immune system attacks the thyroid gland.
It can also be caused by a malfunctioning pituitary gland, which fails to produce thyroid-stimulating hormone.
The aim of the treatment is to replace thyroid hormones. They try to find the lowest dose that will make the symptoms go away, and usually the animal will have to take the medication for life.
Today, Luna is feeling much better and is much happier! He does need to go for a check-up from time to time, but that doesn’t spoil his mood!
The picture shows Luna the dog and her happy owner Andres, who is very happy with the results!
Dear dog owners, keep a close eye on your dogs. If you notice similar symptoms in your dog, don’t ignore it!
If you notice any concerns, contact the Animal Clinic in the South of the City (tel 53073418). We can carry out on-site analyses and tests to get to the bottom of more complex diseases as quickly as possible.