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Dogs can suffer from OCD too!

15 Jun 2016 | by | Posted in: Wag News

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is not restricted to us humans alone. Your canine friend can get OCD too!

In dogs, OCD can range from chasing their tail, spinning, eating dirt or non-food, and in some cases display of unstoppable aggressive behaviors. This can occur in dogs of any age. If you see any of these signs, it is good to get an evaluation at an early stage. If your dogs have been subjected to confinement for a longer period of time, or any kind of illness, these signs and symptoms of OCD can occur.



Your vet might need a complete health profile of your dog to get a complete picture of the source of the problem. If you see a patch of hair or skin missing, or if the focus of your dog is only in one activity, then you can get help from a professional vet to change this behavior. They can also display nervous and psychological problems when they are suffering from OCD, such as getting started easily, displaying discomfort towards physical contact, difficulty in interactions with familiar people, excessive aggression, etc.

Younger dogs between the ages of 12 to 24 months are more likely to suffer from OCD. Helping them by engaging them in social activities can help eliminate this problem. Sometimes, due to illness, the sense organs of dogs might be affected, which leads to OCD. While not every OCD behavior can be self-destructive, owners must observe for these early signs and ensure timely treatment of their dogs.

Never punish a dog suffering from an OCD, as it might escalate their behavior and taking care of them might get out of hand. Look for stress triggers in your dog and reduce what causes these triggers. Pet parents can give their dogs physical exercise till it tires them. Doing so can cause less stress and give them no time to pick up on OCD behaviors. Owners, however, must be careful not to encourage such behavior, thinking it is funny. A vet or a behaviorist can help modify their behavior if the problem is not severe. For severe OCD problems with the dogs, medical help is required. A professional vet might be able to prescribe drugs that can calm down the nerves of your dogs.

Make a bigger kennel and give your dog a lot of space to move around. Look for any stressors in the environment and eliminate them. A thorough diagnosis can provide information on any underlying ailment causing this behavioral problem. There are anti-depressants and oral psychotic drugs available for dogs as well. Check the progress of the treatment and gradually decrease the dosage of drugs for your dogs as you see changes, as per the suggestion of your vet. It is essential that owners show full commitment towards curing OCD of their dogs throughout the treatment.  

Afterall, don’t you want to see your dear pet in the pink of health!

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