Hypothyroidism in dogs, at-risk breeds, and symptoms

Hypothyroidism is a hormonal imbalance that is particularly common in certain dog breeds; it is brought on by inflammation of the thyroid gland, and its signs and symptoms are well-known.

Hypothyroidism in dogs, at-risk breeds, and symptoms
Identify the causes, symptoms, and dog breeds predisposed to hypothyroidism. Photo by Vanessa Serpas / Unsplash

A new study by the Royal Veterinary College in the United Kingdom revealed which dog breeds are most prone to hypothyroidism, a lifelong hormonal disorder caused by inflammation or shrinkage of the thyroid gland. This condition can reduce the quality of life of dogs, especially if they are spayed or neutered and those that present symptoms such as hair loss.

The dog breeds most at risk for hypothyroidism

The results of the study by researchers at the Royal Veterinary College revealed the dog breeds most prone to hypothyroidism are based on 2,105 cases diagnosed in a population of 905,553 dogs in the United Kingdom.