Congenital Hypothyroidism is a thyroid peroxidase (TPO) enzyme deficiency that leads to metabolism issues and the prevention of normal development. This genetic condition is present at birth and is typically fatal in puppies. Puppies that are affected with this condition display several symptoms that include a decreased amount of mobility, the head may look larger in proportion to the rest of the body, the neck may be swollen, and bones may grow at a slower rate. This condition can occur in many breeds, but it is most often seen in Toy Fox Terrier dog breeds. Unfortunately there is no cure for this condition, however, you may request a DNA test to find out if your puppy has this congenital hypothyroidism with goiter. DNA tests range in price but on average, they cost about $85.
To learn more about Congenital Hypothyroidism with Goiter in pets, check out our Pet Health Concerns Guide. By enrolling your pet with Trupanion pet insurance, your cat or dog’s policy will include coverage for diagnostic tests, medications, surgeries, hereditary and congenital disorders, as long as treatment for a certain condition is required after enrolling and is not pre-existing.
Has your pet ever been diagnosed with this condition? If so, we’d love to hear from you and any comments, advice, experiences, of thoughts on this condition.