Can a dog be autistic?

This topic is undoubtedly very interesting and we can find very different opinions about you. It generates great debates between veterinarians and breeders in defining it and, to the owners, ends up not being clarified the situation.

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In this article by YourCatCareguide we want to answer the following question: Can a dog be autistic? Certainly we will be asked next, since there are no great definitions in this respect, but we guarantee that we will give you the main ideas and that are more demonstrated.

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Scientific studies on autism in dogs

There is a great debate about autism in puppies since there are no conclusive results that could bring a little light in this regard. Some studies suggest that mirror neurons, which exist in the brains of dogs, would be the cause of the disease. They are congenitally affected neurons, so the dog could be born with this condition and not acquire it in life. Since this is a very unusual condition, many veterinarians prefer to refer to it as dysfunctional behavior .

There are other authors who talk about the idiopathic disease , of unknown cause, so it is very difficult to know where the disease comes from.

Lastly, and to further confuse it, it is said to be inherited from some relative who has been exposed to numerous toxins for a certain time. This may be due to unnecessary or large vaccines and reinforces the theory that vaccinating an overdog can not only be detrimental to the animal in question but also to its offspring for several years.

Signs of autism in dogs

Identifying a dog as an autistic can be a big challenge, especially given that it can be questioned by other veterinarians. However, we have a number of signs, in particular of behavior, that can be linked to the disease. They are behavioral disorders , including actions that can be obsessive and / or compulsive.

Usually associated with behaviors referred to human autism but we will differentiate them to understand them better. There are some disorders, such as the autistic spectrum, which is the difficulty of speech, which in animals we can not find.

The compulsive disorder canine , is very present in breeds like the German Shepherd and Doberman are repetitive behaviors or stereotyped behaviors , like chasing the tail, biting or licking parts of the body in an obsessive and repetitive way, with time become increasingly intense and lasting.

The owner should be aware of the evolution of these disorders, if they increase over the years or if it causes injuries to the dog, such as mutilating the tail. You may also have poor interaction with other dogs (being too clumsy or having a lack of knowledge about social interaction) and even a total lack of interaction. This said feeling of discomfort can happen with other animals of the same or different species or even with their owners. It is not a trait that leads directly to autism, however, it is a wake-up call for humans who live with the animal.

Also, in certain cases, we can observe an animal that stands in the same place , without any emotion. It is simpler to detect in races that are normally very active and in these cases, they spend very long periods of standing with the lost look.

What can I do?

as we explained at the beginning of the article, it is not possible to determine if autism really exists in dogs, which is why there is no treatment. However, owners who observe these behaviors in their dog should resort to the veterinarian or ethologist to try to find the cause that is causing this deviation in the behavior of the dog.

There are several therapies, exercises or games that you can practice with your puppy to delay the progress of this condition. They are animals that find it hard to express their emotions so they need all the compassion and love of their owners, as well as the patience necessary to understand that it is a long process.

Another advice that we can give you is to keep a very strict routine of walks, food and even moments of play. The changes should be minimal, since what it costs them the most is adaptation. A set routine will make you feel more secure once you know your surroundings and your family. Keeping routines is very important.

Obviously you should remove all kind of punishment , since this inhibits the natural and exploratory conduct of the dog, which worsens his condition. Let it act freely (or as much as possible) on both the tours and at home, allowing you to smell, explore and communicate with us if you wish, but never forcing an interaction.

To improve the sense of smell we can perform exercises like search, something that is very popular in refuges and kennels, or even offer stimulating toys (with sounds, with food, etc).

But do not forget that to overcome the problem that is affecting your puppy the important thing will be to resort to a specialist, since without therapy you will not notice an improvement in your behavior.

This article is purely informative, in we do not have the capacity to prescribe veterinary treatments nor to make any type of diagnosis. We suggest that you bring your pet to the veterinarian in case of any type of condition or malaise.

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Emily Harris

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