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Maltipoo Hypothyroidism

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Sophie, 6 months old
Photo courtesy of Melanie Smith
What is Hypothyroidism?

This is a canine health issue where the dog’s thyroid glands do not work correctly. These glands are located on both sides of the neck. They release certain hormones which greatly affect the dog’s metabolism and growth. When the glands do not produce these hormones as they should, it can lead to many different health issues.
What are the Symptoms?

A Maltipoo dog usually will show symptoms between the ages of 4 and 6 years old; however can be diagnosed at any age...From 8 weeks to 15 years old.

A dog that has this health issue does not need to show all of these signs. If your Maltipoo has 2 or more symptoms, a full checkup with an experienced and reputable veterinarian is needed:
• Weakness

• Sleepiness – Your Maltipoo may not want to go for a walk or play as usual and sleep more often than normal

• Increased appetite

• Weight gain, even without an increase of food

• Sensitivity to cold – your Maltipoo may shake even when the room temperature is warm

• Hair can become very dull, dry or in some cases, oily
• Loss of Coat– This can be in patches or as a thinning all over the dog's body

• Excessive ear wax buildup

• Skin sores and/or infections
 Is this Preventable?

Up until now, some studies have shown that large amounts of vegetables may affect a dog’s thyroid; especially for the Maltipoo breed which is already prone to this. Keep veggies such as broccoli and cabbage to a minimum.

Other studies suggest that exercise plays a role and that dogs that do not receive enough exercise also have trouble producing thyroid hormones. 

For this reason (and to keep your Maltipoo healthy in many other regards as well), we do recommend a good daily walk (or 2). Read more: Exercise
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Tramp, 1 year, 7 months Photo courtesy of Sabrina Summerville-Ebron
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Princess Leia Boo the Maltipoo, 7 months old 
Photo courtesy of Angie Kampmann
What is the Treatment for Hypothyroidism in Maltipoos?

Luckily, this is treatable and a puppy or dog can live a full and happy life when on the proper medication. Your dog’s veterinarian should prescribe hormone replacement medication. In most cases, a dog will need this medication for the rest of his or her life.

Once a dog is on this medication, they must be monitored on a regular basis to ensure that they are receiving the proper dose as they age.

This medication usually works very well. A Maltipoo should show signs of increased energy as soon as 2 weeks. If a dog had the symptom of coat loss, within 4 to 6 months most, if not all, of the coat should grow back. All other symptoms should clear up by 2 months at the latest.
Looking for a Great Resource?

If you are wondering if a Maltipoo-specific care book exists, the answer is a big 'Yes!'.  Request your copy of the PetMaltipoo eBook.
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