Pet Corner: Herbal Help for Thyroid Health


| July/August 2003


Thyroid disease has become a major pet-health concern. For the past decade or so, veterinarians across the country have reported increasing numbers of thyroid disease in many pet species, especially in cats and dogs. According to CJ Puotinen's The Encyclopedia of Natural Pet Care (Keats, 1998), many holistic veterinarians blame this increase on the frequent use of combination vaccines, commercial pet foods and cortisone drugs.

For all the problems it can cause, the thyroid gland doesn’t look like much. It’s a tiny, two-lobed, bean-shaped gland located in an animal’s neck. Belying its puny size is the thyroid’s enormous potential to either enhance or hinder the health and well-being of nearly every cell in the body.

Thyroxin, the hormone produced by the thyroid, is the body’s prime energizer: it enhances cellular reactions and increases oxygen consumption in each of the trillions of cells located in all parts of the body. Unfortunately, a pet’s thyroid is susceptible to myriad outside influences that affect its ability to function properly, and a diseased thyroid gland produces abnormal amounts of thyroxin (either too little or too much). When the thyroid has run amok, a pet can have any number of symptoms, which can vary in intensity from mild to profound.

Thyroid disease typically occurs differently in cats and dogs. In dogs, thyroid disease is usually hypothyroid (too little thyroxin); cats typically have hyperthyroidism (too much thyroxin). In either case, I treat these as imbalances of the thyroid gland, and I try to holistically support the thyroid and the other major body systems that are likely affected.



The good news is that my results using holistic medicines (herbs, acupuncture, homeopathy and nutrition) have been at least as rewarding (and generally far better) than back in the days when I was still using Western medicines.

Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

Although hypothyroidism can be seen in all animals, it’s most common in middle-aged (4- to 10-year-old) mid- to large-sized dogs.








mother earth news fair 2018 schedule

MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR

Next: June 2-3, 2018
Frederick, MD

Sit in on dozens of practical workshops from the leading authorities on natural health, organic gardening, real food and more!

LEARN MORE









Subscribe today and save 58%

Subscribe to Mother Earth Living !

Mother Earth LivingWelcome to Mother Earth Living, the authority on green lifestyle and design. Each issue of Mother Earth Living features advice to create naturally healthy and nontoxic homes for yourself and your loved ones. With Mother Earth Living by your side, you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $19.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $24.95.




Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter


Copyright 2018, All Rights Reserved
Ogden Publications, Inc., 1503 SW 42nd St., Topeka, Kansas 66609-1265