Polish Lowland Sheepdog - pons - pon the dog
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Which diet is best for your Hypothyroid PON ?
Recent veterinary studies have indicated that high amounts of iodine salts in commercial dog foods help contribute to the development of autoimmune hypothyroidism in canines. Consequently, a home crafted diet of cooked lamb, chicken, fish, eggs, rice, and vegetables has been found to reduce the risk of canine hypothyroidism associated with commercial dog food. Some PONS may self-regulate and no longer need replacement hormone, after consuming a home cooked diet for a few years. However, most dogs with canine hypothyroidism will require lifelong thyroid replacement hormone.
These are a list of some symptoms which may motivate owners to seek veterinary advice: Some PONS will show only one symptom, some will show numerous symptoms, and others will show no symptoms at all.
* Rapid weight gain
* Lose of fur
* Inconsistent bowel movements
* Dry flaky skin
* Temperament changes
Your PON's diet should be high in fiber (include lots of veggies such a green beans, okra, pumpkin) and low in calories. It should also contain adequate proteins, fat, minerals and vitamins. Quinoa is a super grain which is high in fiber and low in fat and is a complete protein. You can find quinoa in local health food stores such a Whole Foods or online. It is as easy to cook as rice and can be stored in the refrigerator for a few days. To ensure proper functioning of the thyroid glands so that they produce adequate amount of thyroid hormones, consult your veterinarian and make sure your PON's diet is rich in vitamins, fats, proteins, fats and carbohydrates.. Diets which are wheat, corn, soy and in general, grain free are best. Crafting your own home cooked diet is easy once you settle on a regular routine. You can steam veggies three times a week and store them in an air tight container. The same can be said for cooking protein, which can be stored in a similar manner. For those with extremely busy schedules, cooking can take place once a month and food can be frozen and gently heated when needed. PON ownership means more than grooming. It requires planning and good management.
Additional supplements may be added to your PON's diet under the supervision of your family veterinarian. Avoid online "snake oil" supplements which may complicate matters and in some cases,trigger an emergency visit to the canine ER.