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Canine Hypothyroidism is a rather common disorder in middle-aged to older Bullmastiffs, characterised by a reduction of thyroid hormone production. It is suspected that some bloodlines and families are genetically predisposed, while there is no difference in frequency of occurrence between males and females. Therefore it is important that prior to purchasing a puppy, you discuss this matter with the Breeder in order to find out whether there is a proneness for Hypothyroidism in his/her dog’s lines or not.
In fact, Recent studies have shown that mother's on thyroid replacement therapy and stabilized at normal levels prior to conception can and do produce normal offspring. .
Main signs for this disease include:
Should your dog show one or more of the above symptoms, you ought to take it to the Vet to check whether his thyroid hormones are working properly, and this is done through a specific blood test. Dogs that are hypothyroid have thyroid levels that are almost always below the normal range.
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