10-27-2016, 02:24 AM
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Originally Posted by jagger
Ever deal with a hypo dog? Jagger was fed raw prior to being diagnosed and it really helped. The vet recommended keeping him on raw along with medications. Whole raw foods are great for many medical conditions that are autoimmune.
Several. It's a problem in Beagles and I've had four dogs diagnosed with it over the years. It is an established fact that low thyroid function suppresses the immune system. The dogs I had with it were, every single one of them, prone to systemic yeast infection, because the normal candida inside the body just flourishes. They also cannot eat a diet too low in carbs, because complex carbs are the preferred fuel of the thyroid gland. I fed raw for a very, very long time, and remember the two hypothyroid dogs I had on that diet were eating reasonable amounts of food but constantly hungry and overweight.
Now I have a 15 yr old who ate raw for years who is currently on about 80% cooked and 20% kibble. She is significantly leaner, has a better coat and has stopped sprouting hormonal induced lumps since making the switch. However, finding a good supplementary kibble was a chore, and we went through several before settling on her present diet. Diet affects the condition, so if a dog is doing better on raw than its previous kibble, it is only because the ingredient causing the trouble has been eliminated.
BTW, raw also tends to be low in potassium and iodine, which are vital for hypothyroid dogs (and humans). They are prone to heart problems, so low potassium can quickly spell trouble, as it is essential for regulating muscle contractions.