Dogs Obsessed by Their Tail Suffer from a Mental Illness

Dogs obsessed by their tail suffer from a mental illness. Unfortunately, people also suffer from this disorder.

Dogs that have a habit, to chase their tail, or those who run after cars may suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Helsinki.

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The study has included 400 dogs and found that breeds such as German shepherds and bull terriers were more likely to hunt their tail, writes The Telegraph. This makes scientists believe that genetics plays an important role in the occurrence and development of this disease. This annoying habit has also noticed in dogs that were prematurely separated from their mothers at the timid ones, and those who are afraid of loud noises.

On the other hand, researchers have found that quadrupeds which were fed with vitamins showed fewer signs of obsessive-compulsive disorder, suggesting the importance of a right diet in disease prevention. Instead, lack of exercise has not influenced at all the occurrence of this disease.

Have been taken blood samples from dogs who participated in this study and in addition, their owners had responded to several questionnaires that included several questions about dog behavior, about animals’ childhood and their everyday habits. The research has included animals that hunt their tail daily, quadrupeds who do this several times a month, but also dogs that have never had this habit. Most of these subjects began to have this habit after the age of  3months and before reaching the age of 6 months, just at the beginning of their sexual maturity..

In humans, the disease is manifested by excessive fear:Obsessive-compulsive disorder is present in humans and is manifested by an excessive fear of certain events or situations, such as fear of disease, germs, not forgetting door open etc, accompanied by gestures designed to reduce fear: wash hands frequently or checking door several times.

David Beckham admitted he suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder, due to which when it reaches a hotel room start to rearrange things and align drink bottles, to be “everything perfect”. In an interview with his wife, Victoria, she said that David does not support the number of objects in the fridge to be odd, so if there are three bottles of booze in it, take one out.

Leonardo DiCaprio says he tries not to step on every chewing gum seen on the pavement because is unwilling as a disease to overwhelm his life.

The researchers hope that the results of this study will help them to find treatments for people suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder.

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