We can find so much information on the internet to assist us in the care of our pets now. I know some vets would strongly discount the credibility of information gleaned online, much as I would discourage the use of Wikipedia as a citation in my university students’ papers. However, I think personal anecdotes and experiences shared online count for a lot of use when it comes to health matters, whether with our pets or ourselves. Not that internet forums and self-diagnosis should substitute for proper care. Rather, judicious use of internet information can help supplement any regular veterinary care you’re receiving for your pets. It’s much harder to find a supportive network when you’re dealing with relatively rare breeds like Shiba Inu or Basenji… or Tibetan Mastiffs, like those at Sobarna Kennel featured below.
Video 1: Hypothyroidism in Our Tibetan Mastiff
Video 2: Hypothyroidism Update (after 5 months)
Interestingly, the OFA ranks Tibetan Mastiff at the second highest breed at risk for thyroid problems, despite only having 55 evaluations between 1974 and 2009. It is also considered an “ancient” breed, like the Basenji and the Shiba. Would this be another case where it pays to know your breeds?