Has your dog been diagnosed with a hypothyroid condition? While other pets such as cats and horses can suffer from low thyroid functioning (i.e. hypothyroidism), this is most common in dogs. While this is often a hereditary condition among canines -- across many dog breeds -- it is a condition your pet can live with if you keep an eye on its food, activity levels, and health concerns.
Low production of thyroid hormones will result in a lower metabolic rate for your dog, such that your dog may be more lethargic and prone to become overweight. Your dog may also experience skin ailments and slow hair growth among other symptoms of hypothyroidism in dogs.
Natural Cures: Hormone therapy is available from your vet. Home remedies worth considering include the addition of coconut oil to your dog's diet, as it has proven successful for some people with hypothyroidism.
Our readers offer information and opinions on Earth Clinic, not as a substitute for professional medical prevention, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult with your physician, pharmacist, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements or following any treatment suggested by anyone on this site. Only your health care provider, personal physician, or pharmacist can provide you with advice on what is safe and effective for your unique needs or diagnose your particular medical history.
04/26/2011: Naturegirl7 from Marshfield, Wi, Usa: "Hello, I have a 10 year old cocker mix with hypothyroidism. She is on meds for this but is indeed over weight. Over 60 pounds. My collie pup pushed her down a month ago and she was doing better after limping for a couple weeks.
Then she slipped on a uncarpeted area under the table and since she has had horrid problems getting up. And only walks a couple steps before sitting back down. I am sure she has arthritis as well. But she is happy perky etc. But wants to go and just cant. I help her everytime she wants outside or in. She has a great appetite too.
I give her some pain meds from vet 1/2 dermax per day, but like natural better. I found promaxol which is all natural and helps a great deal. Well now I see blackstrap mollasses may be good. Does anyone know what ingredients are in it? I bought it today but there were 2 kinds. One said it was (unsulfered) PLease let me know if you can. I bought one that appears to have l think 70 mil. Iron in it.. As well as other stuff. I'll keep checking back. Thank you kindly! Nan"Replies
05/23/2012: Had from White River Jct, Vermont replies: "For the hypothyroid, you may want to try Lugols iodine, 1-2 drops in their water. It is essential mineral that animals as well as people are missing. We are treating our cats right now w/ iodine. its a wonder."
06/30/2012: Lesley from Lancaster, Ky: "Hi Ted! I have a 13 year old dog weighing 37 lbs. She is a mix, possibly some beagle, some border collie, who knows what else. Anyway, she was diagnosed for hypothyroid disease three years ago. She has been on soloxine. The vet actually took her off the meds at one point before checking her blood again. She still tested low. He has upped her dosage of soloxine from. 4mg to. 8mg twice a day, but I cannot bring myself to give her the increased dosage.
She has never lost hair, she has been lethargic, but has never lost appetite. In fact this dog acts like she is starving most of the time and will spend 10 minutes trying to reach a crumb under the couch. The last two times she has had her blood tested, she lost a couple of pounds which concerned the vet and her thyroid levels have come back low. Now he thinks it may not be thyroid disease at all but something else. I don't like the idea of putting her on medication she does not need. Does soloxine have any long term adverse affects? I would really like to try homeopathic alternatives but don't know where to start! Has anyone else had similar experiences?"
11/18/2009: Jennandluca from Los Angeles, Ca, United States: "Hypothyroid in my dog
My 4 year old pit/lab mix has a noticeable increase in her appetite over the last several weeks to two months. She is also slightly overweight (although this isn't new) and has a decreased interest in activity, though not to the point of being lethargic. She still likes to play ball, but not with the same vigor. It didn't concern me at first, but lately I've been taking notice and thought I'd check out this site for any holistic remedies before contacting my vet. There wasn't a clear remedy in the hypothyroid section, and I'm hoping there is something I can try to help with this issue, rather than resorting to pharmaceuticals.
Thanks in advance for any info!!
Jenn and Luca"
12/16/2012: Paul from Springfield, Mo replies: "Hi, my old dog began to have white spots and discoloration on his nose. When researching this I realized he has all the symptoms of hypothyroidism. Balding tail, gaining weight etc... The dog has arthritis and I thought most of these symptoms were just old age.
looked into synthetic hormones, and researching found this page and ted from bangkok's comments about iodine and vitamin a.
After a trip to the health food store and a helpful clerk I found a capsule called thyroid support. Labled for my local sotre, mama jeans, but maybe u can find somethig similar at yours.
- vitamin a 2500iu
- vitamin C, D, B-6
- Iodine from kelp 300mcg
- magnesium, selenium, copper, l tyrosine, etc...
in short, many of the things ted mentioned in one pill. the pill has done my dog tremendous good. The spots on his nose are clearing, he's dropping a few pounds and the hair on his tail is growing back.
He still has arthritis and such, but this all natural pill has given him a real boost and improved his health and outlook.
06/04/2007: Evans : "Thank you so very much for taking the time out from your very busy schedule to answer my letter. I want to thank you for all the advice on the Hypothroidism but I have a question for you to answer whenever possible. Can I give Charlie the humic acid, sea salt, iodine and magnesium even though the dog is taking soloxine for the Hypothyroidism? I want to take this time to give you on update on your Miracle Cure. Today I gave Charlie his third consecutive bath of peroxide and borax I almost cried. You, Ted, of course know that when a dog has demodectic mange when you touch his back for whatever reason the dog begins to scratch automatically with his hind leg and his skin wiggles constantly on touch. Today I was pouring the mixture on him and I was rubbing it in with my hand the dog didn't make any of the movements I just explained. I am so very grateful to you this is just the third bath. This poor dog has cataracts, on his eyes, one has peripheral vision the other is a little better, one of his ears because of the scratching and itching got swollen like a balloon the vet wanted to operate I said no, so he drained the liquid and now the doggie has a shriveled right ear but I don't care as long as he didn't have to go through the surgery which the vet gave me no guarantee that the ear would be well again. Next time I write to you I will send you a picture of my doggies. Specially Charlie who is so very grateful to you, he thanks God for you. I mentioned that I tried the borax and peroxide solution on Milús lump on his lip, I think it has shrunk a bit, I sponged it again today and I cleaned their ears with this solution because sometimes they get this brown stuff inside the ears. Thank you again for your valuable time and information."Replies
06/05/2007: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "My personal opinion is now the vets are trying replacement hormone therapy on dogs! It is somewhat inhuman enough for humans to take replacement hormone. Because when this is done the dog is on an umbilical cord of vet's med for the rest of his life. So in my opinion, I would give my dog the iodine anyway and maybe mixed into his food some vitamin A capsules twice a week. Both iodine, and the vitamin A will cause the body to produce the "soloxine", which is nothing more than a thyroid hormone. The issue of thyroid problems is some vitamin A, iodine, magnesium, sea salt, humic acid should correct most of the problems itself. I have never seen fishes on hormone therapy yet, maybe because the business is not lucrative enough to create a remedy when most fishes are treated with just the pH, control the algae, add some tiny "blackwater" (humic acid), and simpler things pet owners don't realize, can go along way. Again I am really happy to hear of Charlie's improvement, especially when you bathe him. I know what it's like when that happens!"
01/02/2011: Frank from Plfd, Nj/usa replies: "Iodine for Hypothyroidism? I have my Akita/malmute mix on Soloxine, for the hair and fur thats thinning and hot spots. (rat tail) I also added in 2mg of Melatonin, as per my vet- Now, after 3 months of this junk, hes been on antibiotics for the last 2 months, which seems to be easing the hotspots, that I have also been spraying with acv/water @50% each. He also has an area of maybe 4x6 inches, where the hair completely denuded, and is light pink. This seems different in color and more dramatic than the hot spots. But rarely itches or seems uncomfortable. I believe that he will have to live on the antibiotic and the other junk.
Does anyone Know the correct dosage of Iodine, for a 90 lb, 9 year old dog. ( or an alternative for treating hypothyroidism/skin issues). Except for the recent addition of Proin, for slight "leaks", he is in great shape. Also just switched to a lamb protein based dogfood. Can you give Iodine w/soloxine? He already gets ACV, as do I every day. (1-2 caps). Any help would be wonderful. Many thanks for the best site on the internet, and the most "giving" bunch of folks, especially Ted. Happy new year to all,
05/14/2011: Debbie from Montgomery, Il, United States replies: "Hello, I have a 55 lb Rhodesian Ridgeback mix whom I just adore, he had a thyroid profile done last week and the results should be back(sent to MSU) in a few days. I don't want to use any synthetic hormones as I know once you do there is no going off them. From what I have read the meds that are usually prescribed are filtered through the liver. My dog Sam has issues with his liver not being able to filter toxins and has had mulitiple seizures. He get acupuncture and prescribtion herbs to control the seizures and has been seizure free for almost 2 years (July).
I stumbled across this website when researching cysts (he has those now and I found a natural remedy to try for that). I read about iodine, mag., sea salt, and humic acid, Vit A as options. Sam gets Kelp which contains Iodine, and he gets mag daily and has been on these for a few years now. Sam is fed high quality dog food (dry with some canned to hide herb taste) and he gets a mulitude of supplements daily and he is an active 9 1/2 year old dog. He is not overweight like many dogs with hypothyroidism. Again he is not been dx yet, but he has two thin fur spots and started being dog aggressive. I will be surprised if his thyroid isn't off. I was wondering what is the recommended amt of each of these supplements and where do you get humic acid? (what is it?). Thank you from Debbie and her dog Sam"
[YEA] 08/17/2011: Charlie from US replies: "My 9 year old golden retriever developed 2 bald spots on his back in places where he couldn't scratch (he did not seem itchy), the skin had turned black in those spots and he also had thining fur in a T shape on his back towards the tail. I looked it up and they seemed to be symptoms of hypothyroidism. Before taking him to the vet I tried Ted's suggestions, added kelp powder, lugol's solution, vitamin C, vitamin A, humic acid, plus thyroid granule, L-tyrosine, astragarus, selenium and coconut oil to his food. In 2 months his fur grew back, the T shaped thinning spot disappeared and the black color from the bald spots lightened everyday. I am hypothyroid as well and am on synthroid for life and I did not want that for my dog.
I got my humic acid from bioag.com pet section. Thank you Ted, you are awesome."
01/02/2012: Bonnie from Marysville, Ca replies: "To Frank from Plfd, Nj/usa: Try getting you dog tested for yeast infection on fur. That may be what's causing his itch. Threelac will cure it, just go to their site. Also, the Lugol's can tell you how much iodine to give your dog. bonnie"
03/29/2012: Rachael from Baccaro, Nova Scotia replies: "I have to share some troubling information on thyroid drugs for pets.
My beloved husky has been on the Lthyroxin drug for years. At times the medicine was reduced because he became weak on it - it was having a reverse reaction, then increased because he needed it.
Recently he has developed incontinence and anemia. I took him off the drug for a week and things cleared up, although I know his thyroid was low. Once I gave him the drug again, within 30 min his gums went greish white, his eyes drooped and he appeared low on energy, he also started being incontinent almost immediately.
I have been giving him a very small amount of sea kelp and something from Pet Alive called Thyyro Pet - but I don't believe the levels I am giving are correct. I have just started this for the obvious alergic reaction to the drug. So I know I need to give things a bit of time. I tried him last night on L-tyrosine at the appropriate dose and again this am but it does not have a good effect on him, he seems lethargic.
Yesterday morning we took him to the vets to have a full blood panel done - this includes vitamin levels - B12 for Folic Acid Anemia, glucose levels, phosphate and a ton of other levels to see what is going on.
I have had to cook for him naturally now for many years. When he started on the drug I had tried all sorts of dog foods - read up on the crap especially the preservatives and animal biproducts and realized I needed to cook for him. I have tried to keep it as balanced as possible but the poor guy is allergic to several things that make it a challenge. For one, he can't eat beef or any type of poultry, we tried him on other meats but the only thing that works is Haddock and eggs. I have hens now so that I can make sure they don't eat things he is allergic to (thus passing down allergens through food). He has several other types of allergies which if I listed would make too much of a story here.
I need to share with your readers that it is critical to get an allergy panel done on their pets - food allergies cause skin, ear and other health issues. It's also critical to know blood levels for so many different things - liver, kidney, calcium, protein, I could go on.
I am having to ad vitamins and have researched a tremendous amount on nutrition. In my research I found that certain vitamin and mineral deficiencies can lead to if not cause hypothryoid - those are Zinc, Folic Acid (also deficiency causes folic acid anemia) and Selenium. There are others of course and I am not a professional, but the first two were very alarming - since I had to keep my boy off red meats and other known allergens, he may not have been getting the proper nutrition needed.
I am constantly trying to find solutions to a perfect balanced diet, the trouble is, there's too much information out there which conflicts. After taking information from several areas I have to draw my own conclusions on what might help.
The vets were a joke and I took him to several. One didn't believe dogs were allergic to anything, another tried to sell me on their canned and bagged foods, even though I specifically said he has known allergies to them, another tried to prescrible his thyroid drug - ten times his dosage - I think he wanted my boy to get very sick so that he could make more money - sick bastard.
I have had to go this alone. Basically requesting a vet draw blood and asking for the tests I think he needs, I am planning on checking anything that is elevated through additional tests once I can control whatever the issue is with diet and nutritional supplements.
If you can offer any help on something that will help his thyroid, please write back to me asap. thanks in advance."
05/10/2012: Anna from Baton Rouge, La replies: "For the hypothyroid dog.... avoid flax seed oil and the supplements/foods that contains flax.
For the home diet preparers... avoid feeding raw goitrogenic vegetables.
And, as always, NO GRAINS!"
11/24/2012: Rachael from Baccaro, Nova Scotia replies: "This is an update to my last post on 3/11
I needed to provide information that may help other pet owners cope with hypothyroid - I was going to write a book because I have much to share but feel selfish withholding if I can help anyone's pet.
I have taken my pup off Lthyroxin. The last pill I gave him, his head started to pulse within 30 min of the pill. The vet suggested he's allergic to the meds. He weighs 70 lbs - the following may help your pet. I came up with everything from extensive research and trial and error but I think I have it down.
He is now on 4 drops of Ashwagandha twice per day (Nature's Answer) Alcohol free. Try and space 8 hours apart. Ashwagandha can lower blood pressure (make sure you check with a vet and observe when trying out anything suggested here). Also be sure to only try one thing at a time - wait a day - if no allergies, add a 2nd and so on. The vitamins are critical - especially B complex with C - I wouldn't wait on those.
The same time I give him six drops of Thyropet - also twice per day (PetAlive) - liquid kelp with Nettle (I put both in his food - discussed below).
I give 500 mg of vitamin C two to three times per day (Ascorbic acid - no fillers or other crap).
I also give 50 mg of B complex - (do not purchase with Benzoic Acid - preservative that is toxic to cats and most likely to dogs).
I add the following herbs - 1/4 teaspoon of Olive Leaf (natural antibiotic - also helps thyroid). 1/4 teaspoon of Tumeric - good for arthritis, iron, liver cleanser, etc. 1/4 tsp of Terramin (California Earth Minerals) - includes calcium, iron, magnesium, chronium, selenium, manganese, copper, phosporus, zinc, potassium. If your dog eats dirt - the mineral might be the answer - it's also excellent to put on wounds or tumors. I also give 500 mg of Glucosamin Chondroidan - all human grade - with no fillers or other crap - be aware of vets who sell anything with Sodium Benzoate - a known carcinogen - especially around vitamin C.
I add 3 to six teaspoons of olive oil in his food and every now and then a squeeze of lemon juice.
To help with regular bowl movement in the early am - I give about 1/4 cup of organic apple sauce with a sprinkle of cinnamon (helps balance sugar).
Food - I cook organic oats for am - I add either 1 organic egg or a few ounces of salmon. I give him three meals a day - so lunch may end up being carrots or some fruit -blended pinneaple, apple sauce, peach or banana. Dinner - I cook brown rice - generally with a few ounces of salmon - squash and zuchini, green beans, etc. - try usually to mix it up a little bit.
Snacks - an important one which he craves - I give dates - excellent iron source - don't get the real dry ones (press one between your fingers - if it's squiggy, then it's good).
He still can have days where he's a bit slower, but at 14 he's doing wonderful. He developed a liver/kidney inbalance and he's now on Milk Thistle each day (just 1 capsule).
Other than the thyroid specific above (Ashwagandha and Liquid Kelp) I have four more dogs that eat the same thing - they get used to the different herbs and love their food.
If you have questions or would like to know more, please feel free to email me at safeharbor(at)forthehorses.com"
Symptoms of Hypothyroidism in Dogs
04/01/2012: Brandi from Middletown, New Jersey: "Last year I found myself browsing this website and I think I read just about every single story on here. It breaks my heart reading all of your stories and at the time relating to many of them. My dog Bear who is a Newfoundland and at age 3 his symptoms began. He was suffering for about two long miserable years with chronic ear infections (yeast and bacterial) and a whole lot of skin issues. Over the span of two years, 5 vets and about $7000 later, Bear now 5 years old was finally diagnosed with Hypothyroidism.
The symptoms of hypothyroidism are so similar to other problems in dogs that I feel as if it very often goes undiagnosed.
So I felt the need to go back and find this website and hopefully help someone else that may be going through the same thing I was going through not too long ago.
So let's start with Bear's symptoms:
Chronic yeast/bacterial ear infections
He would get these round bumps that would break open with a small discharge of fluid which then would make the area loose hair and look red and aggravated later looking like a dry patch of skin. (Looks almost like the ring worm circles)
Yeast under his arm pits, belly, paws, and under his neck (which made him smell terrible) I was giving him medicated baths two to three times a week which isn't exactly easy when your dog weighs over 170 lbs and just wants to lie in the bottom of a small bathtub.
His eyes would always have like I guess gunk in them and I would have to constantly clean them
He was constantly scratching, all day all night it was terrible trying to make him stop so he didn't open any sores
Was always lethargic (I know big dogs aren't exactly the most energetic and playful but Bear didn't want to do anything)
Was gaining weight, although was barely eating
I was even told by one vet that Bear had MRSEE? (Dog strain of MRSA) This scared the hell out of me.
And finally two months before he was diagnosed he started losing all of his hair under his neck/chest area, arms, belly, and his tail.
If I even tried try to explain every single thing I tried to help him I would have a 50 page book.
Just to give you an idea I tried the apple cider vinegar (which helped dry out those bumps but that was it), vitamins, changing food brands, yogurt, antibiotic shampoos (ex: malaseb, ketachlor ect) all different kinds of ear antibiotics, cephalexin, steroids, oh my god so many other kinds of antibiotics that now I just feel as if all the vets we went to was basically throwing anything at me and saying let's try this. After the first year and half and none of the medications he had to take orally were working I stopped doing because of everything I was reading about how it could do more harm than good. I then tried natural home remedies for his skin but I continued the medicated shampoo and the ear medicine.
So fast forward to December 8th 2011 (yes I will remember this date for the rest of my life lol) I go to his primary vet that has been Bears vet since he was a puppy just to get more medication for his ear and more medicated shampoo like I usually did every couple of months. We walk in and his vet was with another customer finishing up at the desk and she sees Bear and sees that now he has no hair on his tail neck ect.. And yells out WE MUST test him for hypothyroidism. She finishes up with the customer and we go into the examination room and she explains to me that she wants to test for it because one of the most common signs is hair loss on the tail and chest and that if he does have it, it will explain everything that was going on with him and that the treatment is fairly inexpensive. I was hesitant, here I was, another vet throwing out at me ANOTHER test proclaiming that they think he has this we should test for it and there goes another months worth of pay to another test that won't give me answers. But I gave in to the idea of having a healthy happy dog again. I sit here now and I thank god I did that one last final test on him. And it was actually very INEXPENSIVE. I think I only paid $150 or less for the actual test. So two days later the vet calls me and says all excitedly that Bear has hypothyroidism. I'm not going to lie and think what you want but I broke down in tears, happy tears, but mind you I'm at work and my co workers thought someone just died or something lol). So we go back to the vet and she explains to me that he will have this for the rest of his life but it is treatable by giving him 1 pill twice daily. She gives me a month's supply of Soloxine which only costs $20.00 from the vets office and literally one week later of being on this medication Bear started growing his hair back, was more energetic and started losing weight. Within one month those sores he had were gone and so was the yeasty smell!!! And his ears were finally clearing up. It has been 3 months now, Bear has all of his hair back, his ears are cleared up, and he is on a strict diet of grain free food only, takes his pill twice daily, and he has never been happier and either have I.
Don't give up hope, you never know, that one test could have all the answers you were looking for and a cure."Replies
04/01/2012: Marianne from Berlin, Germany replies: "Dear Brandi: Did you ever ask yourself where your dog has gotten this from?
It is terrible what you and your dog had to go through. I am not going to elaborate again about vaccinations but only want to tell you that this is the most single devastating procedure you can submit your pet (or by the way also any humans) too. I have written so many replies on this website that I don't do this anymore since I hardly get any feedback and don't know if the message is understood. Please, go to the following website as a start and start researching vaccine damages:
and also check out the pages on earthclinics section on vaccination damages. This should open your eyes. If you don't stop vaccinating your dog he will never ever get well!!!
Since he got so many different meds already I don't know if it will work. But you can try the homoeopathic remedy for vaccination damages called Thuja C30 1 time 1 tablet or 5 globuli or better yet find yourself a homoeopathic vet. They can really help and are a lot cheaper (and less dangerous) than any vet. Your dog has to be detoxicated from all those "legal" poisons he has gotten into his system.
Good luck and if you want more info just write.