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Hypothyroid Can Cause a Host of Problems for Your Dog

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – 11-year-old Sam the English bulldog sure looks better than the last time we saw her at Southeast Veterinary Specialists in Metairie.  Dr. Stephen Lemarie has been treating Sam for several different problems: “Infections on her skin, some itchy skin disease and some ear disease and like most of the patients we have with those presenting complaints, there’s always something underlying that’s bringing these infections and these ear problems out.”

In Sam’s case, that underlying problem was something common in both humans and our pets: hypothyroidism.

Dr. Lemarie says, “Thyroid hormone affects every organ system in the body and we actually see some dogs that we`ve improved that have exhibited behavior problems, fear, aggression, anxiety and thyroid supplementation has even reversed those problems.”

The treatment for a hypothyroid dog is simple.  All they have to do is take a daily pill.  However, your dog will have to take that pill for the rest of its life.

“I always tell clients, I don’t wish disease on any dog, but if they have to have something, hypothyroidism is a simple disease to treat.”

Dr. Lemarie says the supplementation is safe, reasonably priced and there are literally no side effects.  It’s a simple course of treatment that’s helped Sam get back to her normal, healthy self.

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