Dog: Hypoparathyroidism

Lack or deficiency of parathyroid hormone in the blood. Parathyroid hormone is produced by the parathyroid glands which are located on or near the thyroid glands at the front of the neck. Parathyroid hormone regulates calcium and phosphorus levels in the blood. Low levels of parathyroid hormone will lead to low levels of calcium and phosphorus. Hypoparathyroidism is uncommon in dogs and can be a result of iatrogenic injury or removal during thyroid gland removal. Clinical signs include weakness, muscle trembling, twitching and seizures. Treatment for low calcium levels with Vitamin D and calcium supplements may needed.

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