Thyroid Diseases: What Does Low T4 Really Mean?
2. Hypothyroidism is one of the most common endocrinopathies in dogs with a prevalence rate of approximately 2 out of every 1000 dogs being diagnosed with the disorder. However, systemic illness, medications, and breed variation can lead to a false diagnosis. Thus, the practitioner must be vigilant in their assessment and workup of a patient for hypothyroidism. In this 50 minute seminar, we will review how drugs, illness, and breed can affect thyroid hormone testing as well as strategies to test when faced with these confounding variables in a suspect hypothyroid patient.
- 1. The attendee will be able to recognize limitations to thyroid testing in the presence of systemic illness, drugs, and breed variation.
- 2. The attendee will develop an understanding of which breeds need breed-specific reference ranges for thyroid testing.
- 3. The attendee will be able to apply the latest recommendations for thyroid testing and treatment.