Originally published May 23 2014
Can pets have thyroid disease? Dr. Jean Dodds provides answers
by J. D. Heyes
(NaturalNews) Jean Dodds, DVM, is scheduled to speak at The Thyroid Summit, an online event which begins June 2 and runs through June 9. Her presentation will be titled "Our Pets: Could Your Dog or Cat Have Thyroid Disease?"
According to her website, Dodds is the founder and CEO of HemoPet, a canine health center. She received her DVM degree with honors in 1964 from the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Toronto. In 1965, she accepted a position as a Research Scientist with the New York State Health Department. She began comparative studies of animals with inherited and acquired bleeding diseases. Eventually, her position culminated as Chief of Laboratory of Hematology at the Wadsworth Center. In 1980, she also became Executive Director of the New York State Council on Human Blood and Transfusion Services.
This work continued full-time until 1986 when she moved to Southern California to establish Hemopet, the first nonprofit national blood bank program for animals.
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The diagnostic division of Hemopet, Hemolife, provides the most advanced comprehensive diagnostic profiles for identifying canine thyroid disease, performs titer testing, as well as a wide range of other diagnostic services. Hypothyroidism is the most common endocrine disorder of dogs. More than 80% of cases result from autoimmune thyroiditis, the heritable autoimmune disease that progressively destroys the thyroid gland. Classical clinical signs of hypothyroidism only appear once more than 70% of the gland is destroyed. Accurate diagnosis may be difficult because thyroid dysfunction produces a wide range of clinical symptoms, many of which are subtle and mimic those of other causes.
Dodds also assisted Antech Diagnostics to establish its Indirect Fluorescent Antibody (IFA) testing method (published in JAVMA 2000), and she assisted with its thyroid testing antibody profiles.
She is very well-known for her minimum vaccine protocols and as Co-Trustee of the Rabies Challenge Fund. She provides an FAQ on the subject and has authored several articles such as "Changing Vaccine Protocols."
Dodds co-authored the book The Canine Thyroid Epidemic: Answers You Need for Your Dog, which was awarded the Dog Writers Association of America's Best Care and Health Book for 2011 and the Eukanuba Maxwell Canine Health Award. Her second book, Nutrigenomics: Foods that Heal your Dog, was published in early 2013.
In 2011, Dodds released NutriScan, a food sensitivity and intolerance diagnostic test for dogs. NutriScan tests for 20 of the most commonly ingested foods.
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These are the subjects Dodds will cover:
Classic signs of hypothyroidism in your dog.
Why cats frequently get hyperthyroidism.
Which breeds are most prone to thyroid disease.
The tests you should insist your vet do, since most do not!
What nutrient is missing in your pet's food, and why it's making him sick.
More than half of the population is suffering from thyroid problems, according to the event website. The summit will feature some 30 presentations about common medical problems tied to thyroid disease. In them, you'll learn why the thyroid gland is the master gland in your body -- every cell depends on thyroid hormone to function optimally.
If you're not aware of a thyroid problem, you could develop psychological, cardiovascular and neurological disorders. Medications for a variety of symptoms will never solve the problem, but optimizing your thyroid hormone with vitamins, minerals, dietary changes and the right medications can.
This summit will provide you with all the information you need to optimize thyroid function and stop the suffering once and for all:
--Learn why conventional medicine misses the diagnosis.
--Find out which thyroid tests will properly evaluate thyroid function.
--Educate yourself and learn how to speak with your medical professionals.
--Access safe and effective natural remedies from over 30 world-leading authorities.
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