Thyroid medication is used to treat a dog with hypothyroidism, a condition caused by insufficient thyroid hormones. Thyroid hormones are necessary for energy and overall canine health.
Consult a veterinarian when your dog has recurring skin infections, weight gain and fatigue. Blood tests can confirm whether the dog has low thyroid hormone levels.
Low thyroid levels are treated with thyroid hormone tablets. The active ingredient, levothyroxine sodium, is commonly labeled as Thyroxine, Soloxine, Thyro-Tabs, Thyrosyn or with other names.
Follow dosage instructions to keep your dog’s hormones at a stable level. Thyroid tablets, available in several sizes, are usually given every 12 hours.
Ask your veterinarian about timing with meals. Usually thyroid medication is more effective when given on an empty stomach at least 30 minutes before a meal.
Expect more canine energy and alertness within 2 to 3 days of starting treatment. Skin, coat and muscle tone improve in 1 to 3 months.
Test your dog as required. Medication may need periodic dosage adjustment.