Dogs chasing their own tails could be a sign of OCD
“A dog that runs in circles chasing its tail suffers from a condition that isn’t so different from a person who washes his or her hands compulsively, indicates a new study…
For humans, this symptom is a sign of obsessive-compulsive disorder, which is defined by recurrent, persistent thoughts, such as excessive fears of germs, and repetitive, ritualized behaviors, such as checking and rechecking locks repeatedly.
It’s much more difficult to determine what is going through a dog’s head; however, man’s best friends sometimes appear to behave compulsively, chasing their tails, snapping at invisible flies, pacing, and biting or licking their own flanks.
team of Finnish researchers, led by Katriina Tiira of the University of Helsinki and The Folkhälsan Research Center, surveyed the owners of 368 dogs from four breeds and collected DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid, the code that makes up genes) from 181 dogs.
The team intended to describe the characteristics of tail chasing in dogs, identify possible environmental influences and to test whether or not a particular genetic region was linked to tail chasing among the dogs.
They found no link between the gene in question, CDH2, and tail chasing. This contradicts the results of previous research. However, tail chasing does appear to have genetic, as well as environmental, influences, the team writes.
They did, however, catalog a number of characteristics of tail-chasing dogs that resemble those of obsessive-compulsive humans. [ Top 10 Controversial Psychiatric Disorders ]”
Posted on August 22, 2012, in Animals, News and tagged Animals, Dogs, Dogs chasing their own tails could be a sign of OCD, Health, obsessive-compulsive disorder, Study. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.