thyroid problem...makes dogs fat
In petsmart today a girl had a 7 year old golden retriever. He seem to be extremely, extremely, extremely obese. This dog outweighed me any day and i am 156lbs. Very wide he got around fine though no problems there was happy as could be so i aproach her and asked if i could pet him she said yes, he was a sweet dog. I aksed her why he was so big, i have seen some fat dogs in my day but nothing this size, and she said he had a thyroid problem. Does that make dogs that large? I also thought there was medicine for it?
owner of a dog just diagnosed with hypothyroydism
I have a 8 year old Golden Retriever who was just taken to the vet yesterday because she had dry flacky spots all over she was extremely overweight and having a hard time getting around. When they weighed her she was 143 pounds, we knew she had been gaining weight and could not understand why she was eating the dosage that the last vet said to give her. The last vet saw her about a year ago and said give her 2 1/2 to 3 cups a day. So this is what we did since at the time she was overweight.
Originally Posted by carrie
About 8 months later we moved and figured she gained weight due to not moving around much. It seemed like she was still gaining weight we were at a loss. So since we are in an area that gets colder she had a very hard time getting up one day. Between the skin and this issue we said enough, and took her to this vet here. The moment she saw her she suspected hypothyrodism this was before she even touched her. They did the bloodwork which cost us 65 dollars normally it would of been 150.
We got the bloodwork today and she barely even registered numbers, and she is slightly anemic. So Thursday we go pick up the pills and she starts the treatment for the rest of her life. They are saying that this will help her lose weight. I am hoping.
My point is that people looked at her and thought we were feeding her to much. What they did not know is that she was put on a strict diet, she did not get people food or lots of extra treats. For the past several years we had her walking on a treadmill daily until it died. I took her to a vet when she had the exact symptoms just not as bad as now. His answer was she eats to much put her on a diet.
My only regret in all of this is I wish I known that the skin condition was a sign of a more serious condition instead of the breed is known for skin issues. If I had known this and the constant ear infections was something more serious I would of insisted that they dig deeper. I was trying to be the proper parent to my dog. So again please do not automatically assume that it is the owners fault by loving the dog to much or whatever the reasons would be.
If I can remember how to get back to this page I will post how she does on this medicine and how her progress is. If there are other owners out there who are like me they know they are feeding there dog the correct amounts and they are still gaining weight talk to your vet about other causes, and ask about this test. It has to be the full panel that is why it cost more but you might get the answers that you are looking for.