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Registered: Aug 2013
Location: Seneca, Mo
Originally posted by RatDog
Why the hells it have to be so complicated? Wasn't that hard in the 80's
Because back then it was survival of the fittest. I don't think we had the prevalence of these various rock diseases then but even if we did no one was testing for them.
Imho many now don't differentiate between active disease and a test that is positive for the antibodies indicating that a disease has been present. In other words if the dog has no symptoms let sleeping dogs lie, they have an immune system meant to fight off much of what many are showing pills down throats for everyday. There is a difference between a symptomatic/sick dog and an asymptomatic dog. Also if you treat the root problem that is causing your dog to be ill much of the time it's thyriod levels will come back into normal range. If you go treating a dog that doesn't truly have thyroid disease with synthetic thyroid hormones you run the risk of destroying it and hence you will have a dog that you are constantly chasing levels for it's lifetime.
True thyroid issues are common in old dogs and overweight dogs.
My list of imo on thyriod dogs....
#1 those looking for an excuse for lack of performance (this will include the many dogs put on meds who really didn't need them as they were in range of normal levels but owners think if they can get them at a higher level they may perform better)
#2 the rise in the use in shocking capable collars being worn consistently is actually destroying the the thyriod gland.
#3 increased prevalence of tick diseases in hounds that are exposed to them nearly nightly.
What to do....
Thain your dog to come without having to wear a shocking collar, hunters have become lazy when discipline came at the push of a button and it is quite possible that it is becoming detrimental to their overall health.
Quality care and feeding program to keep your dog at its optimal health is the single most important thing you can do. Clean water, frequent worming, diet and exercise along with keeping the hound on flea, tick and heartworm treatment.
Some dogs get sick just like people but as dog owners we need to do our part to give them the best chance to fight of anything they may contract.
Cheyenne & Jennifer Cummings
Seneca , MO
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