Thursday, February 2, 2012

Insight on Hypothyroidism in Iguanas

The thyroid is responsible for producing hormones that regulate various body functions. Iguana hypothyroidism occurs when not enough iodine. Without sufficient iodine, the thyroid is unable to function properly. So what exactly causes this condition.


Hypothyroidism in Iguanas are caused by the presence of too many chemicals that prevent the body from using iodine well. These chemicals, called goitrogens, are present in a variety of foods. Some of the most common foods include brussels sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy and kale.


If your lizard is suffering from this disease, he will show a variety of symptoms. The most prominent sign of inactivity or general lethargy. He will probably also experienced slow growth. The thyroid will eventually begin to swell after the show is not good for the time. This will cause your iguana to a goitre, or swelling of the neck to develop.

Also, most iguanas who have hypothyroidism, are very tame and easy to handle. If you normally aggressive Iggies tame suddenly for no apparent reason, this condition can be the problem.


Fortunately iguana hypothyroidism is an easy condition to treat. You just have to reduce the amount of food goitrogens that your lizard feed. The best thing would be to completely eliminate these foods, but to reduce them will also have a positive effect. It is usually necessary for your iguana has iodine supplements.


Hypothyroidism in Iguanas are easily preventable. Just avoid feeding your iguana the above foods that contain goitrogens. Even if you do not have to stop feeding at all, you only need occasional feeding.

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