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OCD in dogs: Causes and how to treat it

OCD in dogs: Causes and how to treat it

We know that people can have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or OCD. But what if your dog shows signs of OCD too?

Yes, it is possible for dogs to have OCD, but in the dog world this condition is known as Canine Compulsive Disorder or CCD.

It’s identified by normal dog behaviors that are performed in such an extreme, repetitive way that they are difficult for the dog to stop and can interfere with the dog’s ability to function.

This condition manifests itself as the dogs sucking on their flanks or a toy; incessant licking, called acral lick dermatitis; pacing, spinning, and chasing the tail; freezing and staring; snapping at flies or invisible items; unabated and patterned barking; and excessive drinking of water or eating dirt.

However, it’s not so much what they do, but the extent to which they do it and their ability to control when they start and stop.

If you would like to read more on this condition, what causes it and how to treat it, you can read more on the website of the American Kennel Club or just by clicking HERE.