Study finds dogs can suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder

Posted on January 22, 2010 under Pet Health & Safety

One German Shepherd bit his tail off because obsessive compulsive disorderPeople who worry about their neurosis over small things may be interested to know that they’re not alone. According to a new study, dogs can suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder just like humans.

Scientists have discovered that there is a specific gene in a Doberman that links to obsessive tendencies, according to HealthDay News. After looking into chromosome 7 in canines, researchers believe that dogs can have the same mental disorder as humans.

The diagnosis may help some owners realize what exactly is going on with their dog. The researchers point out that some mistake their dogs’ obsessive actions for poor dog health, which may ultimately lead to euthanizing the animal.

Some symptoms include dogs excessively chasing their tail, sometimes leading to serious injuries when they bite it. Dobermans can also obsessively suck on blankets or themselves.

The gene may also be easily spread throughout litters. According to the study, Dobermans who suffer from the disease may pass it on to 70 percent of their puppies.

According to The New York Times, there have also been links to suggest cats can suffer from obsessive compulsive disorders as well.ADNFCR-2720-ID-19574435-ADNFCR