Insights into Veterinary Endocrinology
This blog is written specifically to serve veterinarians and veterinary technicians. I've divided the posts into 3 types: (1) my insights into specific endocrine issues, (2) Q & A posts that deal with questions I've gotten from veterinarians, and (3) reviews of current endocrine publications (with my comments and "insights"). Please also read my Animal Endocrine blog for pet owners.
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Some of my hypothyroid dogs also intermittently receive corticosteroids at anti-inflammatory doses to treat flare-ups of allergic dermatitis. Does the corticosteroid therapy affect thyroid hormone concentrations and interfere with testing—either for the initial diagnosis or for therapeutic monitoring purposes?Are thyroxine supplementation dosage adjustments needed during corticosteroid therapy?My Response:Glucocorticoids are known to affect serum thyroid hormone concentrations in dogs […]
My patient is a 13-year old spayed female Golden retriever that presented with history of progressive polydispia, polyuria, panting, and weight loss despite a good appetite. On my physical examination, I palpated a freely-movable right cervical mass (2-3 inch in diameter) in the area of the thyroid gland. I aspirated the mass, and the results of thyroid cytology were consistent with carcinoma of thyroid origin.Chest radiographs were clear, with no metastasis detected. Routine blood testing (CBC […]
PAPER REVIEWHypothyroidism Associated with Acromegaly and Insulin-resistant Diabetes Mellitus in a Samoyedby T. Johnstone, E. Terzo, and C. MooneyAustralian Veterinary Journal 2014; 92:437-442.BackgroundAlthough both hypothyroidism and diabetes mellitus are common disorders of dogs, it is relatively uncommon for a dog to develop both diseases concurrently. Insulin-resistant diabetes has been reported in a few dogs with underlying hypothyroidism (1-3), but the mechanisms underlying the insulin […]
Large goiter due to thyroid carcinomaIn my third compilation of the canine and feline endocrine publications of 2014, I’m moving on to disorders of the canine thyroid gland. Listed below are 21 research papers written in 2014 that deal with a variety of thyroid gland topics and issues of clinical importance.A number of these publications deal with clinical, pathologic, diagnostic, or therapeutic aspects of thyroid carcinoma (1-6,10,13,14,17,18). Of these, two papers (1,14) deal […]
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