Animal & Bird Medical Center of Palm Harbor
Medical Database

Endocrine Disease


General Information
Hypothyroidism is a disease caused by insufficient levels or abnormal functioning of thyroid hormone. In some pets, the pituitary gland is involved, but most cases are the result of inadequate production of hormones by the thyroid.

The condition rarely appears in pets under 2 years of age; middle-aged or older pets are usually affected. Signs include some or all of the following: reduced stamina, increased sleeping, reduced tolerance to cold, dry coat and skin, premature graying of the muzzle, hair loss, slow hair growth, recurrent skin infection, and the appearance of dark pigment in the skin. The face may appear puffy, and females may have irregular cycles and/or reduced fertility. Males have a shrinkage of the testes and show less interest in females.

Important Points in Treatment
1. Blood tests are necessary to diagnose the condition and monitor treatment.
2. Hypothyroidism is controlled rather than cured, and lifetime therapy is necessary.

An Important Update From Animal & Bird Medical Center On COVID-19

We are committed to offering a safe and healthy environment for our clients, pets and hospital team here at Animal and Bird Medical Center. The best way to avoid becoming ill is to avoid exposure to the virus. Taking typical preventive actions is key.

In being cautious and mindful of everyone’s safety, we are actively working to minimize your exposure to crowded exam rooms and long waits in the lobby.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made some changes to our protocols in-hospital for the time-being…

In order to limit exposure while still providing quality care for your pet, we will be implementing special protocols to keep you safe.

We will have our veterinary technicians get a history of the patient’s symptoms and owner’s concerns via phone prior to coming into the clinic.

Our goal is for you to be able to bring your pet in for medical care but have no risk for you or our dedicated staff of transmitting the COVID-19 virus.

The Doctors and staff are dedicated to making sure your pet’s medical needs are taken care of during this national crisis.

We can still fill prescriptions for pick up, however, for those who prefer, non-narcotic and non-urgent prescriptions can be mailed to your home.

As always, careful hand-washing and other infection control practices can greatly reduce the chance of spreading any disease.