View Full Version : Dog been acting strangely lately? It might have obsessive compulsive disorder

01-11-2010, 01:41 PM
Dogs can suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder just like humans, scientists said yesterday.

They have identified a gene that makes the animals susceptible to OCD, or its equivalent - Canine Compulsive Disorder.

The researchers found that some dog breeds, particularly Dobermans and bull terriers, chase their tails, spin in circles and snap at imaginary flies in a compulsive way.

They hope the discovery of the gene responsible for this in dogs will also be located in human DNA.

It could then potentially be 'silenced' to stop the symptoms. The disorder affects about one in 50 humans and is characterised by time-consuming and repetitive behaviours and rituals.

Researchers at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in Massachusetts said Dobermans with the gene were two and a half times more likely to exhibit compulsive behaviour. It was also significantly more prevalent in males.

Edward Ginns, director of medical genetics at University of Massachusetts Medical School, which assisted in the study, said: 'The more researchers know about a particular disorder, the better they are able to treat it. What we've found is that not every dog with this DNA change will get sick.

'It's the same in people. We can't label them as a baby that they'll develop a compulsive disorder. But

it is more likely.' The gene targeted in the study exists in both dogs and humans, Dr Ginns said, and is responsible for developing communications between nerve cells in the brain. ...

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01-11-2010, 03:26 PM
When dogs get sores from licking themselves, now the vets say they have "attachment disorder". My previous dog was diagnosed with this condition-the vet said she licked the sores when I wasn't there, because she missed me.

Foster kids get attachment disorder. Dogs get bored.