Hialeah Gardens, FL -- (SBWIRE) -- 05/30/2014 -- Soloxine tablets are used in the treatment of hypothyroidism in dogs. Soloxine can be used in cats after surgical removal or thyroid gland as the thyroid hormone replacement. Soloxine provides the hormone thyroid gland normally produces, enabling the normal regulation of metabolism and energy level in the body. Soloxine is given to animals whose thyroid gland cannot provide enough of the hormone on its own.
Thyroid is an endocrine gland located below the larynx. It produces hormones (T3 – liothyroxine, T4 – levothyroxine) important for regulation of metabolic processes in the body. Certain diseases and hereditary conditions can lead to decreased production of thee hormones in the thyroid gland and the development of the condition called hypothyroidism. The metabolic rates of the affected dogs are significantly lowered. The most notable signs of hypothyroidism are visible on the skin and fur of the sick animals. The skin becomes dry, thick and pigmented while the hair coat is brittle, dry and falls out easily. There are areas of visible hair loss. The changes on the skin and fur are symmetrical and bilateral. They are usually visible on the front of the neck, chest, the sides of the body, backs of the thighs and the top of the tail. The affected animals are often gaining weight inexplicably; they are inactive, dull and lethargic, very sensitive to cold and prone to skin infections.
Hypothyroidism is often connected with congenital diseases of the thyroid gland, iodine deficiency and pituitary tumors. Hypothyroidism can be found in animals with myasthenia gravis, dilated cardiomyopathy and coronary artery disease.
Relative Info On Breeds Most Associated With This Ailment:
Hypothyroidism is commonly seen in middle-aged, medium and large breed dogs. Spayed females and neutered males are more prone to this condition than intact animals.Great Danes, dachshunds, miniature schnauzers, poodles, boxers, cocker spaniels, Irish setters and Dobermans are more predisposed to hypothyroidism than other breeds.
Directions For Use:
Soloxine is prescribed by a licensed veterinarian. It should be administered according to the veterinary instructions and the instructions provided in the product label. Soloxine tablets are administered orally. In most cases, the treatment lasts for the rest of animal’s life. It is best to administer Soloxine tablets on an empty stomach, at least 30 minutes before the meal. The animals should be allowed to drink plenty of fresh water after the Soloxine administration. It is advisable to perform periodic veterinary check-ups with special accent on the liver and kidney function.
How It Works:
Animals with hypothyroidism have insufficient levels of thyroid hormones in their bloodstream. Their general metabolic rate is lowered, causing various medical issues. Soloxine contains levothyroxine sodium, a replacement for T4 hormone naturally produced in the thyroid gland. Soloxine enables the normal regulation of metabolism in dogs and cats with hypothyroidism.
Dosage And Administration:
The recommended starting dose is 0.1 mg/10 lb (4.5 kg) of body weight, administered twice a day. Further dosage adjustments are based on regular monitoring of thyroid blood levels until the maintenance dose is established. The maintenance dose is usually 0.1 mg/10 lb (4.5 kg) of body weight once daily.
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