Hypothyroidism has been reported in 30% of 200 SWDs tested worldwide.
Compensative Autoimmune Thyroiditis (Hypothyroidism)
Spanish Water Dogs are can develop autoimmune thyroiditis. To help breeders and the club monitor this disease a thyroid panel, frequently referred to as the Michigan State thyroid panel, is required for a CHIC number. Since the markers for autoimmune thyroiditis are not apparent until that dog is at least two years of age tests before this age are not accepted for a CHIC number. To complete the test a blood sample is drawn by veterinarian or at a health clinic. This blood sample, the completed thyroid application form https://www.ofa.org/application-forms) and payment is sent to one of the approved labs below.
OFA Approved Thyroid Testing Labs*