HYPOTHYROIDISM is a relatively common endocrine disorder of dogs, with a reported prevalence of between 0.2 and 0.64 per cent compared with estimates of 0.0005 to 1.5 per cent for canine diabetes mellitus. However, accurate confirmation of the diagnosis of this disease is difficult as the clinical signs vary in terms of severity, type and number and often mimic other common conditions. In addition, numerous diagnostic tests are available with a wide range of recommendations for their use and interpretation. This article summarises the current understanding of canine hypothyroidism and outlines a practical clinical approach to its diagnosis.
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