Anonymous:
How much iodine dogs need? What are iodine requirements in dogs? I want to make sure that my dogs gets all the necessary iodine he needs. Emotion: rolleyes
Hey Anon, I am glad that you want to make it best for your dog.

Just in case you don't know: iodine is necessary for normal functioning of the thyroid gland and generating its hormones. Thyroid hormones regulate the rate of metabolism in the body and play an important role in the normal growth.

Iodine is found in fish and iodized salt. In the commercial pet food, it is added as potassium iodide, sodium iodide or calcium iodide. A dog should get 1.5 mg of iodine per 1 kg of dry food. If a dog doesn't get enough iodine, it can result into a lack of the thyroid hormone (hypothyroidism). Symptoms of hypothyroidism include retardation of growth, hair loss, rapid weight gain (in older animals), weakness, changes in behavior such as irritability. Very often animals that suffer from hypothyroidism cannot have offspring.

Cheers.
Animal Lover664
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Anonymous:
Thanks a lot for your detailed answer, Raphael. Emotion: rolleyes
Anonymous:
Where do you get such low dose iodine for you dog(s)? I have a 92 lb Golden, overweight, always panting, and I suspect hypothyroid problems. I take iodine, but I don't know how much to give to Noodles. I also have a Peekapoo, about 7 lbs. It would not be good to overdose.
Why do you think it's low? 1.5mg/kg is mentioned by Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO).
If you suspect problems, why don't you show him to a vet? Perhaps it would help determine the best diet.
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