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Is your Dog not Himself Lately? It Could be a Warning...

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You are generally in tune with your dog’s day-to-day energy levels and personality. Maybe he races around your house first thing in the morning, loves chasing squirrels in the yard or brings the tennis ball to you over and over (and over and over). So when his liveliness slows down and he seems less interested in his routine, it can be a cause for concern.

What is hypothyroidism?

One common explanation for his lethargy might be hypothyroidism. This is when the thyroid glands in his throat are underactive and don’t produce enough thyroid hormone. Thyroid glands regulate the body’s metabolism by producing a number of hormones, including two that are necessary for a normal metabolism.

 

Most cases of hypothyroidism 95 percent, in fact are caused by the dog’s own immune system attacking his thyroid gland’s cells. It isn’t life threatening, but when left untreated, it will negatively affect his quality of life.

 

Which dogs can have it?

Hypothyroidism is more common in medium to large dogs than in toy to small dogs. It does not discriminate between males and females, though neutered males and spayed females are more prone to it than unneutered and unspayed. Veterinarians are unsure why this is.

 

Breeds predisposed to hypothyroidism include:

 

Labrador and Golden retrievers

Doberman pinschers

Airedale terriers

Greyhounds

Great Danes

Boxers

Cocker spaniels

English sheepdogs

Irish setters

 

What are the symptoms?

The most common symptoms of hypothyroidism are mental dullness and a lack of energy. Other symptoms can include:

 

Depression

Anxiety

Weight gain without an increase in appetite

Flaky skin

Hair loss

A new low tolerance for cold temperatures

 

Most dogs develop this in middle age, between ages 4 and 10. One you detect any of the above symptoms, make an appointment with your vet for her to take a look for herself. It’s easy to diagnose with a blood test checking the level of several thyroid hormones, the most common test looking at T4.

 

What is the treatment?

Your dog is likely to respond well in a relatively short time period to a combination of prescription drugs and an adjusted diet. The typical drug treatment is levothyroxine, with your pooch’s blood tested periodically during regular vet visits to see if the dose needs to be adjusted. The drug is usually given orally twice daily, and he will be on the medication for the rest of his life.

 

Check your dog’s coat routinely for any changes, and regular interaction with him through training and playtime will keep you familiar with his level of energy.


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Truly Industructible

Due to their high quality and great customer service, I own all Monster K9 toys they have. We have a 2 year old Belgian Malinois that requires daily activities due to his breed. Thus, high-quality, low price toys are an absolute must.

We use this as our back up toy when his Frisbee is out of commission. If you throw this overhanded with your palm facing towards you and flick your wrist, it rolls AMAZINGLY on the ground. While our Malinois loves playing with it the most, all of our dogs love chasing it as speeds across the ground.

To top it off, once you're done with playtime, if you want to your dog have it for the rest of the afternoon, there's almost no chance they're going to destroy it. It's a very high-quality rubber that is very similar to the rubber used in reusable rubber firearm targets. When punctures or cuts are introduced, the rubber material instantly and naturally 'self-fills' the gaps so you can barely notice it's even there. This dramatically reduces the chance of open gashes, spaces, or weak points for your dog to grab a hold of to rip it apart.

We've owned ours for 5 months now and haven't had to replace it. For $13 plus free shipping, this puts other "tough" dog toys to shame.

The best there is!

While it may not be entirely 'indestructible', which is stated in the guarantee information, for $14 this is by far the best and most durable Frisbee on the market. Other companies will charge $20-$30 for "tough" Frisbees or cloth Frisbees and they'll last a week or two tops. This Frisbee lasts 1-2 months with our 70lb Belgian Malinois and is made with thick high-quality rubber.

I'll take that ANY day over spending $20-$30/wk on Frisbees, in which some are hard plastics that produces very sharp edges that are dangerous if ingested.

If you let your dog chew on it daily, you might see a slightly reduced life on this Frisbee. But if you keep it put up and only take it out only during play time, you'll easily get a few months or more out of it. Because of it's high durability, we let our Malinois have WAY longer than any other Frisbee we've bought in the past; and it still lasts longer than a multitude of other brands we've bought. Plus, he absolutely loves it!

Loved and Destroyed Frisbee

Rebel loved the frisbee. It last about 2 weeks. Can we get a ball as a replacement? We’very had much better results with the ball.

Ultra Durable ChewRing

Has been a GREAT CHEW, FETCH, OR TUG OF WAR TOY. The ring makes it difficult for my 85lb aggressive chewer to destroy unlike the stick whereas he can do damage to the end. Would like a ring in a large diameter. This inside hole size makes it harder to play tag of war with lager size dogs.

1 x Ultra Durable ChewStick Tug of war Toy

My two dogs enjoy playing with this stick together but playing time is limited because my aggressive chewer wants it to himself. The straight shape makes it easier for him to chew on the end and has put some sizable pits at the end. My fear is that with continued chewing he'll do enough damage to bite through and swallow a large chunk. It has to be taken away and put up when playing time "together" is over. No chew time alone.