Hypothyroidism in German Shepherds is often ignored as many symptoms look similar to that of other diseases. German Shepherds are among the canine breeds more susceptible to this hormonal disorder. Unless treated early, hypothyroidism may lead to long-term complications.
Is hypothyroidism life threatening?
Hypothyroidism in German Shepherds is characterized by an underactive thyroid gland. Normally, the thyroid gland produces thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3) hormones. T3 and T4 are responsible for regulating the metabolism – the process of converting food into energy – in the body. Dogs aged between 4 and 10 years and those neutered are at an increasing risk. Though hypothyroidism is not life-threatening for your German Shepherd, it may make him vulnerable to serious diseases and disorders.
What causes hypothyroidism in German Shepherds?
The following causes may trigger hypothyroidism in German Shepherds.
- Thyroid gland tumor
- Shrinking thyroid gland
- Medications, particularly corticosteroids
- Immune system attacking the thyroid gland
- Lack of exercise
What are common signs of hypothyroidism in German Shepherds?
If your German Shepherds has any of the following symptoms, he may be suffering from hypothyroidism disorder.