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It Runs in the Family -- Thyroid Issues, that Is!


Saturday, June 08, 2013

Thyroid problems are genetic. Right? At least, that's what I've read, and I'm the perfect example: I have Hashimoto's; my grandmother died of complications from a goiter, my brother had his thyroid removed ...

But is it also in the air?

My husband takes precisely the same amount of Synthroid as I. Could diet explain this? Well, we're not eating dog food, and the latest dieter in our little family is our one-year-old Aussie.

Yes, my sweet Pete is overweight. He walks two and a half miles every day, has a consistent 1/4 cup of appropriate dog food twice a day ... Carrots for treats ...

The vet is thinking thyroid issues ... Just like his mommy and daddy -- but, I swear, he is not "blood" related -- We adopted!!

PS
Dog/Kitty - lovers, try "The Pet Pantry." They are local in Raleigh, but they ship. If your "child" is having issues, they ask what those are and then formulate a food that is right for them-- very high quality and priced competitively. I have never seen a company more concerned with its canine/ feline customers. (No, I don't work for them ... Just a happy convert) They are: feedyourpet.com ... Oops! You have to use caps: FeedYourPet.com ... Oops again! Yipes! It is FeedYourPets.com (plural) They ought to simplify their name!
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1STATEOFDENIAL 6/8/2013 6:35PM

    There are certain pollutants that can be found in ground and drinking water that can affect different parts in the body. It is possible that there's something affecting all of you. But unless all of your neighbors are also affected, I wouldn't believe that's the problem. Animals can develop cancer and other human-like medical issues.

It's also important to pay attention to what an animal's diet would be like in the wild. Some pet parents believe in giving their animals the same food they eat; however, in the wild that's not true. Some people have hurt their animals by feeding them well-cooked meat, or vegetarian or vegan diets.

You might consider bringing whatever you're feeding your puppy to the vet and get his/her opinion. It's possible that you need to switch foods and/or there's a chemical in the food that's preventing his thyroid from working properly. You might also check the water quality records for your city/county just to see if there are any chemicals seeping into the water table.

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AKATHLEEN54 6/8/2013 9:52AM

    Didn't know all breeds of dogs could have thyroid issues. My cousin had a Golden Lab that was overweight her whole life. They had major problems controlling her weight. Good luck with Pete. emoticon emoticon

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SFREY217 6/8/2013 9:37AM

    Interesting, I did not realize that dogs could have thyroid issues too.

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IACTA_ALEA_EST 6/8/2013 9:29AM

    Wow - I will check them out. I have a senior rescue that is itchy - lots of patches missing melanin and he has flea bite allergy. Maybe they have something for us!

Sounds like you have a handle on the reality of genetics. I have a similar body type to grandma and she lived to 99 - but she struggle with digestive and circulatory issues. We can choose to learn from the past or repeat the suffering.

Have a great day Muttsbark!

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