Side Effects of Soloxine for the Thyroids of Dogs

by Pamela Meadors
    Golden retrievers are especially susceptible to hypothyroidism

    Golden retrievers are especially susceptible to hypothyroidism

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    Soloxine is a medication used for the treatment of hypothyroidism in dogs. Used properly, benefits outweigh risks. No side effects from proper use are known. However, it is important to be aware of possible effects of overdose.

    Overdose Is a Risk With Soloxine

    Low levels of thyroid hormone, hypothyroidism, can lead to weight gain and changes in a dog's skin and coat quality. When a dog's diagnosed with hypothyroidism, a vet may prescribe Soloxine, or levothyroxine sodium, tablets to regulate hormone levels of the thyroid gland. While no side effects are reported with regular dosage, toxicity can occur with overdose. Symptoms of toxicity include increased thirst and urination, high blood pressure, lethargy and sometimes personality change. Always follow veterinarian orders and prescribed dosages when using Soloxine.

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    About the Author

    Pamela Meadors is a scientist, writer, avid traveler and animal advocate. In addition to earning a Bachelor of Science in biology, she has worked in the veterinary field at various clinics throughout the United States since 1997.

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