Natural remedies for hypothyroidism in dogs

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Natural remedies for hypothyroidism in dogs
Try natural remedies for treating your dog's hypothyroidism (dog image by Kevin McGrath from Fotolia.com)

The thyroid gland is responsible for regulating many bodily functions, including metabolism. If the thyroid gland does not produce enough hormone to keep up with regulating all its functions, diseases such as hypothyroidism can occur. Conventional medications, such as soloxine, are prescribed to regulate thyroid hormone production, however these types of medications can eventually negatively affect your dog's liver. Using natural remedies for hypothyroidism in dogs is an alternative to conventional treatments.

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Bladderwack

Bladderwack, more commonly known as kelp, is a sea vegetable famous for its capability in controlling an overactive thyroid. Kelp is the main source of iodine; something the thyroid requires in order to produce the proper amounts of T3 and T4 hormones. Bladderwack, more commonly known as kelp, is a sea vegetable famous for its capability in controlling an overactive thyroid. Kelp is the main source of iodine; something the thyroid requires in order to produce the proper amounts of T3 and T4 hormones. The potency and safety of the bladderwack depends on the harvesting location. If it is gathered near United States shorelines, it is more apt to be contaminated by pollutants. Deep sea Norwegian bladderwack is the most sought after. To ensure you give your dog the proper amount, use supplement produced in powdered form and follow the administering instructions on the product label.

Astragalus

Astragalus is an herb widely used in Chinese medicine to regulate the endocrine system. The endocrine system is made up of hormone secreting glands, including the thyroid gland. When the endocrine system is in check, thyroid regulation follows. You can find this herb at health food stores. Discuss dosing instructions with your veterinarian.

Liquorice Root

Liquorice Root is a useful herb all around to give your dog. It helps to strengthen and balance your dog's body as well as stimulate an unproductive thyroid glad. The plants are available at most nurseries, however, tinctures, oil infusions, and teas are found at health food stores. The way you administer liquorice root to your dog should be discussed with your veterinarian. Dogs that have heart disease or are diabetic should not take liquorice root.

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