Science 101: Thyroid
Hypothyroidism, a condition characterized by low levels of circulating thyroid hormones, is not only one of the most common diseases of dogs but also one of the most commonly misdiagnosed diseases.
Grain-free Diets and Heart Disease
The link between consumption of grain-free diets and development of heart disease in golden retrievers is a major concern for dog owners and their family veterinarians. Dr. Joshua Stern, a veterinary cardiologist based at the University of California, Davis, will be at the 2018 Golden Retriever Club of America National Specialty in St. Louis, Missouri, Oct. 4-6, taking blood samples for taurine measurement and speaking with owners about this important health issue.
The FDA also has issued a warning regarding grain-free diets. The diets in the current warning include foods containing peas, lentils, other legumes and potatoes. Owners are encouraged to speak with their veterinarian if their pet has been eating a grain-free diet regarding alternate diets and to determine if further testing for heart disease is warranted.