Sunday, March 20, 2011

Thyroid Problems in Pets are Common

Good days and bad days aside, we have great love and appreciation for the pets in our lives.  Currently, two dogs and one cat.  The kitty is Max, and he is getting up in years, now having some thyroid problems which have been corrected with medicine.

I strongly recommend that anyone with a pet that is past middle age have some blood work BEFORE the symptoms of thyroid problems become so obvious.  This is a fairly common problem as our pets age.  We saw a different look in Max's eyes, the sparkle was gone, and he was losing weight, his fur looked bad.  We caught it in time, though, and he is on the way to recovery.

We have gone through this so many times with other animals too.  Our roughest patch was when our dog, Pouie, lost his eyesight due to cataracts.  He adjusted in a couple of weeks and lived another six months.  He was at the end of his lifespan, and that is difficult for a lot of us pet owners to accept.  Our animals do not live as long as we do.

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