Please be sure to consult a Licensed Veterinarian for an accurate diagnoses and treatment of your Bullmastiff's thyroid.
Some Bullmastiff Breeders will argue that this is by no means a congenial defect - Veterinary Specialists will tell you it most certainly is. The Bullmastiff Standard itself even "hints" that it is an inherited disorder. What it basically comes down to is this - Is the Bullmastiff Breeder you are dealing with taking the simple effort to screen their breeding stock? If not, why not? As a Bullmastiff puppy buyer, it is up to you as to which opinion you think is more accurate - the Bullmastiff Breeders or the Veterinary Specialists?
The following articles and interviews are from or with W. Jean Dodds, DVM. Dr. W. Jean Dodds is a nationally and internationally renowned authority on thyroid disease, immune disorders, and nutrition. Thank You Dr. W. Jean Dodds for giving permission to reprint your work on this site.
Additional information on thyroid dysfunction:
There are over 50 different symptoms, but the most common and recognizable symptoms that your Bullmastiff may have a thyroid dysfunction include:
This set of symptoms was taken from several thyroid information sites and articles. Is this a inherited disease? The latest evidence found by vets say it is and this statement - "although it can be controlled with medication I would not knowingly buy a puppy or dog at risk for this (hypothyroid) disease" - within the Bullmastiff Standard says it is. But some Bullmastiff Breeders believe otherwise and still will not do thyroid testing of their breeding stock.
It is recommended that when you have your Bullmastiff's yearly exams done to go ahead and run a thyroid check. At a minimal cost of around $30 - $50, this could help you identify and get the proper treatment for your Bullmastiff before it's too late. When in doubt - always run a thyroid check - you and your vet may be surprised with the results.
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