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Photo taken 1 March 2011

I first heard about canine hypothyroidism from Basenji people. With a current rank of #29 on the the list of breeds at risk for thyroid disease according to statistics compiled by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals, and #35 according to Michigan State University, Basenji breeders had reason to be concerned. No, they don’t top the list, nor is that an enviable position to be in (that honor goes to the English Setter). But if even one out of every 10 dogs was showing abnormalities in a condition that could be screened, seems like it’s worth the test to me.

So it looks like responsible breeders were and have long been testing thyroids. And breeder websites have been where I have found some of the most informative, publicly-accessible information on hypothyroidism and canine thyroid health. Here are some of the links that I have found to be helpful.

Apu’s Basenjis: Basenji Health
– Karen Christensen, who provided the article on Apu’s page, also wrote up an article for the New York-based Rip Van Wrinkle Basenji club magazine, The Wrinkler. A .pdf is available here.

sinbajé basenjis: Thyroid Problems of the Basenji Dog.
– As far as breeder sites go, this is one of the most well done that I’ve seen, hitting a perfect mix of personal and professional, providing a ton of great information without cluttered design.

Revodana Ridgebacks: Talking About Thyroid: Everything you didn’t know you needed to know
– via a breeder of Rhodesian Ridgebacks. The article is directed primarily at breeders, but also useful in differentiating all the different available tests.

Moonstruck Meadows: Canine Health Testing: OFA Thyroid Tests
– via a breeder of Shetland Sheepdogs, what to look for in proof that a breeder has done proper testing on a dog.

I’m sure there are more out there, but this is enough for now.

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