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Endocrine Function, Thyroid

Endocrine Function, Thyroid

Herbal remedies to help support thyroid health and to help relieve thyroid problems in cats and dogs.

The endocrine system interacts with many organs and bodily systems, and the adrenal and thyroid glands plays a major role in providing critical trace nutrient support to all glands and tissue, and the adrenals can become stressed and fatigued, also affecting the liver, duodenum, and kidneys.

The thyroid gland consists of two small lobes shaped like butterflies with one each side of the windpipe (trachea) located in the neck. This gland produces thyroid hormones, thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). The primary function of these hormones regulates and maintains your pet’s metabolic rate which in turn affects their overall health and wellbeing.

Another hormone called thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) which is produced by the pituitary gland, controls the production of the thyroid hormones. If the thyroid does not function properly, there may be a negative impact on your pet’s body weight, heart rate, skin and coat, digestive and reproductive health.

There are two types of thyroid disorders – hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism:

Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism affects mainly dogs, and rarely occurs in cats. When hypothyroidism occurs the thyroid gland is underactive and not enough thyroid hormone is produced, thereby slowing everything down. The exact cause is unknown but it may be caused by an auto-immune response in which the dog’s own immune system kills cells of the thyroid gland. Dogs that usually suffer from recurring skin problems have hypothyroidism.

Hypothyroidism is a thyroid problem that is very common in dogs, and but seldom occurs in cats. Hypothyroidism is due to an underactive thyroid gland and not enough thyroid hormone is produced, thereby slowing everything down.

The common symptoms and signs of hypothyroidism include:

Weight gain/obesity

Lethargy/low energy levels

Dry skin or hair loss

Constipation

Slow heart rate

Anemia

Intolerance to cold

High blood cholesterol

Infertility

Seizures

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Behavioral changes

Anxiety

Depression

Hperactivity

Being unfocused or passive

The exact cause is unknown but it may be caused by an auto-immune response in which the dog’s own immune system kills cells of the thyroid gland. Dogs that usually suffer from recurring skin problems have hypothyroidism.

Certain dog breeds seem to be more predisposed to hypothyroidism than others. This disorder typically affects mid to large size breeds such as Dobermans, Golden Retrievers, Dachshunds, Miniature Schnauzers, Cocker Spaniels and Airedale Terriers.

It develops in dogs between the ages of 4 and 10 years old. Female unspayed dogs tend to be affected more, although it occurs in both males and females. There is no cure for hypothyroidism but with treatment, pets can continue to enjoy good quality of life.

The diagnosis of a hypothyroidism is based on the symptoms, thorough physical examination and review of your pet’s medical history. Certain tests such as a Baseline T4 Test, Baseline T3 Test, or TSH Stimulation Test will be performed if hypothyroidism is suspected. Your vet will choose the test most suited for your dog’s symptoms. Generally, the TSH Stimulation Test will reveal whether your dog has a low T4 or T3 level.

Hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism is an endocrine disorder that affects both humans and animals. The thyroid is a gland that consists of two small lobes shaped like butterflies with one each side of the windpipe (trachea) located in the neck.

When hyperthyroidism occurs, the thyroid gland is overactive and produces too much thyroid hormones, speeding up metabolism. As a result, excess cortisol builds in the blood for an extended period of time. In normal amounts, cortisol helps the body perform a number of important functions including converting fat into energy, maintaining immune system function, and responding to stress. In excess, cortisol becomes destructive.

The thyroid produces hormones, including thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). The primary function of these hormones is to regulate and maintain your pet’s metabolic rate, which in turn affects their overall health and wellbeing. Another hormone called thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) which is produced by the pituitary gland, controls the production of the thyroid hormones.

When the thyroid gland is overactive, several parts of the body may not function properly, and your pet may experience drastic weight loss, appetite increase, an elevated heart rate, increased activity or poor skin and coat condition.

Hyperthyroidism typically affects middle-aged to old cats (between 4 and 22 years of age). Hyperthyroidism in dogs is rare. It is caused by a benign increase in the number of thyroid cells produced. Immunological, environmental and nutritional factors may also contribute to this disorder.

Hyperthyroidism typically affects middle-aged to old cats (between 4 and 22 years of age), seldom developing in dogs. When hyperthyroidism occurs, the thyroid gland is overactive and produces too much thyroid hormone, speeding up the metabolism. The cause of hyperthyroidism has been established but dietary, immunological, genetic and environmental factors may also contribute to this disorder.

The common symptoms and signs of hypothyroidism include:

Weight gain or obesity

Lethargy and lack of energy

Dry skin and hair loss

Constipation

Slow heart rate

Anemia

Intolerance to cold

High blood cholesterol

Infertility

Seizures

Behavioral changes may also occur and include anxiety, depression, and hyperactivity, as well as being unfocused or passive.

The common symptoms and signs of hyperthyroidism include:

Weight loss even with an increased appetite

Diarrhea

Vomiting

Intolerance to heat

Dull, dry or oily coat with excessive shedding

Rapid/fast breathing

Increased water consumption accompanied by urination

Increased or decreased activity

Tremors

Behavioral changes such as nervousness, restlessness, hypersensitivity or stress may also occur.

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies are used to promote and maintain adrenal health in your animal, to improve thyroid functioning and symptoms associated with thyroid problems, to balance an overactive thyroid by providing, to provide hormonal balance, to soothe the thyroid, heart & endocrine systems, to maintain normal corticosteroid, fluid and electrolyte levels, to strengthen your pet’s immune, to help maintain body temperature, metabolism, fertility, and growth and to support the endocrine system and normal thyroid function.

I AM A ROCK STAR - (learn more) supports adrenal gland health and response to stress and metabolic demand, supports glandular ability to rebuild and regenerate, promotes hormonal balance, regulates stress on liver, kidney and digestive functions by reducing thirst and excessive elimination, promotes cognitive function and memory performance, balances blood sugar levels, for natural energy in young and geriatric pets, increases muscle use, ability and stamina, provides anti-inflammatory and immune support, helps maintain healthy adrenal, central nervous, digestive, immune and reproductive systems.

Dog & Cat Kryptonite – (learn more) supports hypothalamic-pituitary adrenal (HPA) function, enables the body to respond normally to stress and metabolic demands while supporting the glands' ability to rebuild and regenerate, supports healthy energy levels and vitality, promotes cognitive function and memory performance, for lethargic, aging or convalescing animals, regulates the organs which secrete hormones, including the pituitary, parotid, thyroid and adrenal glands, the pancreas, and the testes; stimulates the hypothalamus, supports endocrine function, the central nervous, digestive, immune and reproductive systems.

I Feel Good –  (learn more) promotes healthy immune response, reduces inflammation, provides dermal support and growth of healthy cells and tissues in the body’s defense mechanism, reduces the histamine trigger for contact allergies, seasonal and chronic allergens, pathogens, skin rashes, infections, hot spots, inflammation, swelling, hair loss, itching and geriatria (dull coat, lethargy), for all types of arthritis, including Degenerative Joint Disease, Osteoarthritis, Osteroporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and symptoms associated with rheumatism, including pain, strains, injuries, muscle pain, swelling and lack of mobility.

Feed your pet a natural, raw and well balanced diet that contains all the essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients

Ensure that your pet gets regular exercise

Boost your dog or cat’s immune system with immune-boosting supplements

Take your pet to the vet for annual check-ups and monitor any abnormal physical and behavioral changes

If your pet suffers from a thyroid problem, become as knowledgeable as possible about this health problem

Related Products:

Yelp for Kelp - (learn more) provides critical trace nutrient support for the endocrine system, to energize the body, for building and toning enzymes, tissues, hormones and bones, for enhancing natural cleansing and detoxification, for anemia, as an osteoporosis preventative, to promote immunity and for metabolic disorders, including the thyroid gland and other glands and tissues that affect the thyroid, for thyroid disorders, to cleanse the lymphatic system, to maintain healthy levels of TSH, T3 and T4, and for metabolic disorders.

Gland Candy - (learn more) contains healthy fatty Omega 3 acids used to support healthy body weight, used in the treatment of skin conditions and to promote healthy skin and coat, to support and tone the lymphatic system, to balance glandular activities including the thyroid, adrenal and pituitary glands, to support and maintain healthy thyroid function and to soothe the thyroid and endocrine system, for allergies, alopecia, allergic dermatitis, moist dermatitis (hot spots), to stimulate tissue repair and for all types of arthritis.

Conventional Remedies:

The diagnosis of a thyroid problem is based on the symptoms, thorough physical examination and review of your pet’s medical history. Certain tests such as a Baseline T4 Test, Baseline T3 Test, or TSH Stimulation Test will be performed if hypothyroidism is suspected. Your vet will choose the test most suited for your dog’s symptoms.

Generally, the TSH Stimulation Test will reveal whether your dog has a low T4 or T3 level. If hyperthyroidism is suspected, the diagnosis is based on the symptoms presented, enlarged thyroid gland (large enough that it can be felt), and high T4 levels.

Tests such as a CBC, serum chemistry, and urinalysis are performed if symptoms of other diseases such as kidney failure, liver disease, diabetes mellitus or heart disease are present with hyperthyroidism. In addition, tests such as the T3 suppression test, measurement of free T4 and thyrotropin-releasing hormone stimulation test may also be performed to confirm the diagnosis of hyperthyroidism.

Your vet may recommend the following standard treatments for hyperthyroidism in felines and these include radioactive iodine (I-131), anti-thyroid medication such as methimazole (tapazole) or surgery (thyroidectomy). These treatments have some adverse side effects such as liver damage, anemia, hair loss and lethargy, and cats with this problem should be kept away from pregnant women and children.

Treatment of hypothyroidism in dogs involves a daily dose of synthetic T4 hormone known as thyroxine (levothyroxine). Thereafter, follow-up blood tests will be taken in about six weeks to ascertain whether there is any improvement. This is life-long therapy but dogs usually go on to enjoy good health for the rest of their lives.

 

 

 

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