My dog, who is six years old, has developed thyroid. What is the care to be taken in terms of food, medication, exercise and overall health?

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Hypothyroidism is usually a very mild condition with which dogs can live comfortably, happily and actively for their entire lives. A dog diagnosed with hypothyroidism generally requires lifelong supplementation with daily oral tablets of thyroid hormone (synthetic thyroxine). Your vet generally recommends regular blood work to monitor thyroid hormones and also to adjust the dose. Your pet does not require special food. Continue feeding a balanced pet food.Dogs with uncontrolled hypothyroidism may become lethargic, show exercise intolerance, may seek heat, put on weight and frequently develop recurrent skin problems. Follow your vet’s instruction on medication dose and regular check-up.

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