How much do you actually know about hypothryoidism in dogs?
Allergic skin disease, neurologic disorders
However, I do believe strongly that hypothyroidism in dogs and people needs to be addressed as a key component to accelerate healing in ALL chronic inflammatory conditions.
Thyroid-Related Health Issues
The majority of neurologic, skin, ear and joint conditions have a significant hypothyroid component, most of which go undiagnosed. Dogs with seizures as well as phobias, anxiety, or depression need to have a full thyroid panel investigated thoroughly.
Holistic vets agree that traditionally diagnosed canine hypothyroidism is usually autoimmune in nature. There are heavy metal components in vaccines such as aluminum and mercury which drive brain toxicities in all species. Vaccines may be the primary source of the injected toxins overstimulating the immune system, but we’re still being bombarded daily by the environment with heavy metals and chemicals.
It’s important to mention that urban environments may have a much higher incidence risk because of the levels of atmospheric geoengineering (chemical trails) as well as EMF (electromagnetic frequency) exposure and limitations of nature exposure for physical “grounding.”
Research is just now starting to show evidence that EMFs also intensify the negative effects of toxins (chemicals and heavy metals) and infections (bacterial, viral, fungal, parasitic). I believe an eclectic homeopathy approach or other vibrational therapies are essential for addressing all of these factors driving the autoimmune component and the heavy metals.
Understanding Hypothyroidism In Dogs
Prevention is priceless. Hypothyroidism signs, if caught early, could be the key to intervention on all levels for other disease relationships. This image illustrates how disease manifests and is perpetuated.
In my 20 years of clinical veterinary experience, I’ve found muscle testing to be the most effective way to understand hypothyroidism disease relationships as well as prioritize protocols and effective dosing therapies. Simple things can dramatically improve thyroid hormone utilization, including:
- enhancing critical thyroid cofactors
- reducing fluoride exposure
- mitigating EMF exposure
- regular detoxification (especially from chemicals and heavy metals)
- treating co-infections
Other very directive therapies such as low dose natural hormone replacement,
Of course, addressing the microbiome, digestion, absorption of key nutrients and incorporating cellular detoxification support like CBD oil (cannabidiol) and phytoplankton are key prevention and first step therapies.
Additionally, the gut and the entire microbiome, are crucial for the immune system and directly relate to the degree of brain inflammation affecting behavior and seizures. Science has proven there is absolutely no separation; leaky gut equals leaky brain. Researching and avoiding the top glyphosate containing foods is key – most kibbles are likely now contaminated.
Most food sensitivities will reduce dramatically once the basics are covered. Remember regular fasting, scheduled gentle detox and liver support, as well as chewing,
Incorporating some natural fibrous nutrients is also an excellent start:
- green beans
- cooked broccoli
- cooked Brussels sprouts
- celery (also good for eradicating retroviruses – go slowly)
- cooked spinach.
Small to moderate amounts of blueberries, avocados, almonds, oysters, pumpkin seeds and flaxseed oil can also be very beneficial for
Nutrients To Boost Thyroid Health
Multiple nutrients are required for healthy thyroid function:
- vitamin A
- vitamin D
- ferritin or iron
Deficiencies of any of these could dramatically negatively affect thyroid health. Iodine is important as the center of thyroid hormone molecules and fluoride act in direct opposition to displace iodine in thyroid hormone production. I recommend kelp to start and then test other sources of iodine – seaweed (bladderwrack), Lugol’s or Magnascent iodine have better bioavailability. Ferritin (iron) is also critical. I recommend whole
foods or supplements containing natural heme iron (eg Standard Process Ferrofood or Gaia Plant ForceLiquid). Standard iron supplements can be very toxic if detoxification pathways are blocked.
Dogs, just like humans, can have genetic damage/mutations that impair
Vitamin A and exercise have also been identified as assisting in cellular sensitivity to the thyroid hormones. Vitamins E, B2, B3, B6, vitamin C and D all are essential cofactors for proper thyroid hormone production. Neurological, behavioral, gastrointestinal and skin cases almost always need supplementing with methylated B12 and folate. Vitamin K2 plays a role in thyroid health and calcium bioavailability.
If there are low T4 or T3 levels, I recommend low dosing with natural thyroid hormone support (Armour Thyroid, NatureThroid, WP Thyroid or USP thyroid). This improves circulation and lymphatic drainage.
CNS (central nervous system) cases also need gastrointestinal pain and inflammation evaluated and addressed; stomach and duodenal ulcers lower the tremor or seizure threshold dramatically. H. pylori is a stomach bacterial pathogen that may be at play in more cases then we know. Low gastric acid secretions related to hypothyroidism dramatically affect nutrient absorption so strong pancreatic digestive enzymes are suggested and some dogs may even need hydrochloric acid containing enzymes. The addition of fermented foods or apple cider vinegar may be ideal for prevention or when severe cases have stabilized.
Remember the thyroid and adrenal glands respond to stress, so some days and instances more or less medication may be required; for example, slightly higher doses can be given at times of intense family stress, trauma or heavy exercise or physical therapy. Some animals can also develop sensitivities to certain thyroid medications – even the natural ones – so pay attention to your intuition.
Keeping a journal of what is introduced and when is always a helpful idea with chronic disease management. For these cases, it’s also critical to enhance digestion, the microbiome
Clearing Out The Chemicals
Because of the strong link between the toxin component and autoimmune issues, all cases need gentle detoxification. My favorite detoxifiers are milk thistle and homeopathy or homotoxicology drainage. Later, when things are stabilized, more detoxification can be introduced. Be careful to move slowly according to the individual and use specific detoxification cofactors to prevent breakthrough seizures.
Thyroid flower essences, low potency homeopathy (such as homeopathic Thyroidinum 6C,12C, 6X or 12X or Calcarea carbonica 30C) and glandular supplements (Standard Process Thytrophin PMG or Thyro Complex and other cofactor combinations) are gentle and effective detoxifiers.
General immune support and treating co-infections are critical as significant symptoms may present when detoxification processes are underway.
Slow and steady; pay attention, as only you know your pet best. Inflammation can show up anywhere in the body during the healing process; don’t stop but get experienced advice. There is evidence that the cortisol pathway may need support in many hypothyroid cases. I find low doses with a natural hydrocortisone assists the body and dramatically improves quality of life with these inflammatory cascades, especially neurologic and skin cases.
My #1 Recommendation: EMF Reduction
EMF reduction and mitigation is at the top of the priority list. New evidence indicates that EMF radiation is not only a primary endocrine disruptor,
Few practitioners are aware of or treating this elephant in the room, but we simply cannot heal effectively or even digest our food or supplements if we have a constant barrage of chaotic frequencies.
I had a building biologist come to measure frequency levels in my home and he told me that most people (even apparently healthy individuals) noticed positive effects by reducing EMF in their bedroom at night. This is because the magnetic fields even from basic wall wiring are affecting our ability to heal and repair. Following this very strong suggestion, turning off my electrical breakers in my bedroom at night was the single most important decision I have ever made for my health and the health of all of my pets.
To help reduce your dog’s EMF exposure:
- Turn WiFi off at night and when you’re not at home
- Keep your phone at minimum three feet away from your pets as much as possible (airplane mode or off is the safest)
- Get some grounding by spending time outside at least three times daily, most critical before bed
Please learn more about slowly reducing and more effectively mitigating EMF exposure for your pets and your own thyroid health. We’re just at the tip of the iceberg in understanding this complex issue and this radiation poisoning is real. Children, pets
Though I now consider myself a thyroid coach, this has been a journey of discovery and I am eternally grateful to my pets, children and patients for always teaching me and pushing me to dig deeper and deeper for the true root cause.