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My 9 year old Lab mix has just been diagnosed with Hypothyroid & diabetes. They seem to be "sudden onset." I was told if she had been diagnosed earlier she would be more treatable. I'm 81 and it's almost a coin toss as to which of these can be treated. She doesn't seem to be in any pain (extreme itching being the exception). What can I do. At this point it seems that all we can do is feed her and love her...the alternative seems to be having her put to sleep.

Smartliving Guest asked this
April 18, 2013 at 3:09 PM



Dear Roberta,

I would try to give her a grain free diet. It would be good to avoid any GMO grains. It is especially important to avoid gluten found in wheat, barley, rye, and oatmeal. Gluten can bother the thyroid gland. You should also try to reduce the amount of carbohydrates. The supplements that can be helpful are Canine Probiotic, MSM, vitamin C, and Omega 3,6,9. I would use Dia-IonX to help control the symptoms of diabetes and aid utilization of diet and supplements. Also try to avoid any chlorinated or fluorinated water for bathing and drinking. These also are not good for the thyroid and gut flora.

Make sure your veterinarian checks for any infection in the body, especially dental or bladder. Infection can drive the blood glucose up.

Also try to provide consistent moderate exercise. Exercise helps to lower blood glucose. If you can, try to consult with a veterinary chiropractor or acupuncturist. Getting the energy to flow better makes the patient feel better.

Please let us know how you do.

Best regards,

Dr. Char

Dr. Char Wilson, DVM Health Coach answered
April 19, 2013 at 12:08 PM
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