Hypothyroidism in dogs is a disorder of the thyroid gland. The thyroid is responsible for producing hormones that regulate metabolism. When the thyroid does not secrete enough hormone to meet the body’s needs, hypothyroidism results.

In dogs, hypothyroidism most often occurs as a result of autoimmune destruction of the thyroid gland by the immune system. This condition is known as Hashimoto’s disease and it may occur at any age but usually affects middle-aged and older dogs.

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