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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in Dogs

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  • Canine compulsive disorder (CCD), which is similar in many ways to obsessive-compulsive disorder in humans, is relatively common due in part to modern-day lifestyles
  • CCD behaviors include tail chasing or spinning, excessive licking, chasing lights or shadows, and fly snapping, and chasing after or pouncing on invisible prey
  • Dogs with CCD and humans with OCD share a number of traits involving both biological and environmental influences
  • Dogs with repetitive behaviors should be examined by a veterinarian first to rule out underlying medical conditions
  • The right diet, a “job” or hobby, lots of physical activity, environmental enrichment and other strategies can be extremely beneficial in the management of dogs with CCD

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