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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Dogwise Publishing (March 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617810169
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617810169
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #269,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There s probably no one in the dog world who garners as much respect from all quarters as Dr. Jean Dodds. Her latest work alarms and alerts us to an epidemic of thyroid disease of staggering proportions. It alarms us as we witness the early age at which the disorder now commonly appears, and alerts us to how commonly we aggravate the problem through breeding, vaccination and feeding practices. --Steve Marsden, DVM, Canadian Vet. Med. Assoc. Small Animal Clinician of the Year, 2009

The Canine Thyroid Epidemic is an amazing, life-saving gift to countless dogs and the people who love them. This expertly crafted guide provides the tools, advice and information needed to help dog parents navigate this complex, often misdiagnosed and misunderstood disease. From recognizing the signs to finding the right veterinarian to long-term management, I can t imagine a better resource. Thanks to Dr. Dodds and Ms. Laverdure for shedding light on this epidemic in terms we can all understand. --Melanie Monteiro, author of The Safe Dog Handbook

The Canine Thyroid Epidemic is an amazing, life-saving gift to countless dogs and the people who love them. This expertly crafted guide provides the tools, advice and information needed to help dog parents navigate this complex, often misdiagnosed and misunderstood disease. From recognizing the signs to finding the right veterinarian to long-term management, I can t imagine a better resource. Thanks to Dr. Dodds and Ms. Laverdure for shedding light on this epidemic in terms we can all understand. --Melanie Monteiro, author of The Safe Dog Handbook

About the Author

Dr. W. Jean Dodds received the D.V.M. degree with honors in 1964 from the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Toronto. She is the owner of Hemopet, the first nonprofit national blood bank program for animals. She and her husband live in Santa Monica, California.
Diana R. Laverdure received a bachelor of arts in English magna cum laude from Tufts University. A lifelong dog lover, and journalist for over twenty years, she is a frequent contributing writer on dog health and dog care topics to a variety of national dog magazines. She and her dog Chase live in Boynton Beach, Florida.

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Very comprehensive and easy to read book.
L. Pelaez
I bought this book for my vet so he and his staff can read up on the latest information about low thyroid conditions and skin and hair problems.
Mike D. Winkler
This book is a MUST HAVE for every dog owner.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Beth Lowell on April 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
Itchy skin chalked up to seasonal allergies, sudden onset of seizures, knee issues, aggression, digestive upsets, diabetes and autoimmune diseases - what do they have in common? All can be symptoms of a greater condition, and one that often goes undiagnosed: Canine Thyroid Disease

By treating each symptom without recognizing the underlying cause, many dogs suffer needlessly, die early or are euthanized due to aggression that can often be resolved simply by addressing the thyroid issue.

Dr. W. Jean Dodds and Diana R.Laverdure have written a must-have book for dog owners - whether you think your dog is at risk or not. Published by Dogwise and hot off the presses, The Thyroid Epidemic - Answers You Need for your Dog undertakes a thorough examination of issues surrounding the thyroid.

You will learn what thyroid disease is, why it's rampant and why your dog may be at risk. 10 Warning Signs you should know are included as well as breeds most at risk, not only for thyroid disease, but also who are most vulnerable to secondary conditions ranging from autoimmune disease and aggression caused by thyroid disorders. No dog is entirely safe.

Champions of good health from the bottom up, the authors discuss at length the role of good nutrition, a clean environment, (no tap water, please!) as well as the dangers of over vaccination and topical flea and tick treatments - which make this book an excellent tool to take along when you talk to your vet about feeding a raw diet, declining unnecessary vaccines, or seeking alternatives to topical flea and tick preventives, which by the way have been under scrutiny since 1989 and currently fall into the jurisdiction of investigation by the EPA.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By T. Olson on June 17, 2011
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I spent 2 frustrating years trying to help my Giant Schnauzer overcome his itchy, oozy, horrible skin condition. His problems started shortly after he was vaccinated. He was already on a raw diet, so I knew that his nutrition wasn't the issue. After cycling through treatments ranging from Chinese herbal to homeopathic, I had his blood sample sent to Dr. Dodds for analysis. She diagnosed him as having a thyroid problem and prescribed thyroid medication. This was the answer to his skin problems. I highly recommend that all dog owners read this book and learn how to promote immune health in their dogs before a problem develops.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Paula F. Vandervoort on July 11, 2011
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I bought this book after consulting with Dr. Dodds via e-mail regarding a dog I own who has failed the OFA thyroid panel three times. I kept being told by my veterinarians two things that were absolutely wrong: 1) that the failure could be due to something environmental, so to keep running them, and 2) not to give her thyroxine until she showed obvious symptoms. After talking with Dr. Dodds and reading this fascinating book, I realized that autoimmune thyroiditis doesn't "go away", and that further testing was a waste of money and time. I had another vet put my dog on thyroxine immediately, and she is already feeling better. She was a very sweet, well socialized dog who had been obedience and show trained, and had suddenly started lunging at people and other dogs. This abberhent behavior was caused by her thyroid problem, and now that she is being treated, she is back to normal. I was absolutely GLUED to this book from start to finish. It is written so that people without a science background can understand it, but also has the essential information for someone like me with a pre-vet degree can understand. I recommend that ANYONE WHO BREEDS DOGS buy this book. I have been breeding and showing for 38 years, and learned so many things that I didn't know about this problem, which is rampant in dogs. Thank you, Dr. Dodds, for taking the time to write this book for all dog owners!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By susan on January 19, 2012
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If you have a canine with a thyroid issue, you MUST get this book. [...] references this book as the author is extremely knowledgeable with thyroid issues in dogs. My 3 yr old Vizsla has had skin issues most of her life, hives, hot spots, severe itchy, and lethargy. Have tried everything to ease her. I kept giving her the antibiotics the vets prescribed, antihistamines, etc. Nothing worked and I hated giving her those meds. Read the great dane lady site and concluded that she needed a thyroid test. My vet said she didn't have the symptoms of low thyroid, so I pushed for it because nothing else had worked in the past. The tests came back that she had a severely low thyroid and she was immediately put on Thyrozine. She instantly improved but about a month in, she started getting lethargic again. Called the vet and he said to up her Thyrozine dosage. All the while I was reading this book and came to a chapter where the author specifically states that the Thyrozine medication needs to be given about 2 hours after they eat. I had been giving her the meds with her food so it wasn't absorbing into her system. I cut back her meds to the original dosage, wait 2 hours until after she eats, and stick the pill in a blueberry or green bean. She is a different dog, more energy, coat is night and day difference, minimal itching (she still has other allergies), no more hives, and her skin looks great. Still reading the rest of the book and learning so much that the vets will not tell you. Save your dog's life, educate yourself, stop the antibiotics & steroids which harm their system, read the book. I should probably buy another to give to my vet!
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