Using Pet med Soloxine to Help Hypothyroidism in Dogs and Cats
Hypothyroidism (low thyroid) is one of the most common hormonal conditions seen in dogs. While this condition can be seen in any mixed or pure breed, common symptoms include:
– Weight gain (without an increase in appetite)
– Cold intolerance (heat seeking)
– Dull/dry hair coat
– Hair loss
– Recurrent skin or ear infections
– Problems with the nervous or musculoskeletal system
Diagnosis of this condition is usually made by a full thyroid profile performed at the veterinary office, including measurement of T4, Free T4, and thyroid autoantibodies. It is important for veterinarians not to just routinely run a T4 when screening dogs for hypothyroidism, as one can over diagnose this condition when measuring only T4.
Once properly diagnosed, treatment is usually with the prescription medication levothyroxine (name brand Soloxine). In my experience and opinion Soloxine usually offers superior results in normalizing thyroid levels than the cheaper generic brands. Side effects of Soloxine are rare but may include diarrhea and/or vomiting. This is usually seen only when dosing is too high as determined by measuring thyroid blood levels at follow-up visits.
If Soloxine is not helping a pet’s skin condition, than it is important to have a full veterinary follow-up evaluation to see if dosing is appropriate, as well as to evaluate for other diseases such as allergic skin disease or other hormonal conditions.