Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Dogs with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
OCD afflicts 2 million people in the US--characterized by a disabling compulsion to check things or perform certain rituals to soothe anxiety.
A new study (April 2013, Progress in Neuro-Psychophmaracology & Biological Psychiatry) shows that OCD-like traits in dogs are caused by similar brain changes to people with OCD.
OCD is complex and not fully understood--why would a person wash his or her hands 100 times a day? Well, it can run in families, so that is one clue.
Also certain areas of the brain in people--and dogs--seem to be involved.
Dogs--Dobermans are especially susceptible with 28% of the breed having OCD--chase their tails, suck their paws, flanks or a blanket, or gather up objects.
Every scrap of knowledge helps. OCD is a crippling disorder than can rob people of quality of life.
Now--if I just knew why my 12-year-old mutt has decided going outside for his functions is optional. This just started. We call it the Doggy D--dog dementia. Call the researchers..