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Dogs Can Suffer Obsessive by truth4reviews


									Dogs Can Suffer Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Some dogs are prone to becoming victims of obsessive-compulsive disorder when under stress. The stress
can cause either a sudden or gradual onset of the condition. The behavior pattern that emerges will depend
on the particular breed. In general, longhaired large breeds of dogs may over groom, herding breeds may
chase or hoard and a pure predatory breed may bite, mouth or chase objects. All these have human

All the behaviors performed by compulsive canines are essentially normal behaviors. They are just
performed over and over again and out of context. The same occurs with humans. There is nothing wrong
with washing your hands repeatedly, but if you wash your hands several hundred times a day you have a
problem. Psychiatrists treat the human problems on a case-by case basis. Veterinarians remain divided
regarding the significance of canine overly expressed behaviors. Some feel it may be our attempt to
humanize our pets, yet others are not so sure. Whatever the cause, it is very real in some dogs.

Lick granuloma in the canine is equivalent to hand washing in the human. Affected dogs lick their wrists or
hocks excessively, over-cleaning or over grooming themselves until the skin in these regions is ulcerated.
For years, no one knew why dogs engaged in this pointless, mindless behavior. Now, veterinarians are
seeing the OCD link and with this understanding are able to treat the condition much more effectively. Lick
granuloma primarily affects larger breeds of dogs such as Labradors, golden retrievers, Great Danes and
Dobermans. Individual susceptibility and environmental influences are also required for the full expression of
the behavior. Affected animals are usually anxious, sensitive, and high-strung and may give an impression
of a generalized anxiety disorder. Environmental factors include various stresses and conflict situations,
including separation anxiety or boredom.

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