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Raw Diets and Hyperthyroidism in Dogs

Hyperthyroidism is extremely rare in dogs. It is typically associated with aggressive thyroid tumors that produce large amounts of thyroid hormone. The only other known cause is the ingestion of thyroid hormone from other sources. In each of the last three years, a research study has documented hyperthyroidism in dogs fed raw diets or treats. Credit: Getty Creative What is Hyperthyroidism? All animals have thyroid glands. The glands are located next to the trachea (wind pipe) just below the larynx (voice box). These glands secrete thyroid hormone. The amount of thyroid hormone in the blood regulates body metabolism. Decreased levels slow metabolism and increased levels speed up...

Pet owners in my home town have recently had a reminder as to why it's not a good idea to let dogs and cats roam freely and why parasite prevention is so important. Tularemia, a disease caused by infection with Francisella tularensis bacteria, was recently diagnosed in a wild rabbit in the southeast part of Fort Collins. Rabbits in this area have been dying in unusually high numbers over the last few weeks, and until a necropsy on this particular animal was performed, nobody knew why. Credit: Thinkstock Tularemia affects many different species of animals including people, dogs, and cats. Infections can develop in a couple of different ways: –handling a sick or dead animal that harbors...

The Internet's cuteness meter was recently taken by storm with the story of an adorable dog named Josh, who has a birth defect that limits his quality of life and the ability to properly eat and drink. Josh's condition is called a cleft palate and can be a life-limiting factor for a puppy's proper development. Josh the Westie with his cleft palate. Credit: Facebook/JOSH According to the JOSH Facebook page: "The breeder took Josh into the shelter to be put to sleep at 48 hours because of a cleft palate. Rescued by LNPB and Hand raised by Me ... Tina Marie Lythgoe." Since then, Josh has overcome adversity and matured into an adolescent pooch having a unique lifestyle. In the petition to...