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Companion Animal Practice
Recent developments in the diagnosis of canine hypothyroidism
  1. Richard Dixon

    Richard Dixon graduated from Glasgow in 1993. After a spell in small animal practice in Hull, he returned to Glasgow University as a small animal house physician. During this time he was awarded the RCVS certificate in veterinary radiology and developed his interests in small animal clinical biochemistry and endocrinology. He was recently awarded a PhD for investigations into the diagnosis of canine hypothyroidism. He is currently working as a veterinary clinical pathologist in Devon, specialising in endocrinology.

Abstract

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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