The incidence of autism within the human population has risen drastically over the past few decades. What was once rare enough to be the topic of a TV movie, the autism spectrum, is now familiar to each parent, teacher, and pediatrician.
Unfortunately, this trend has carried over to our furred companions, with the autism-like behaviors now recognized in both dogs and cats also as other mammals. the particular rate of autism in dogs is unknown but the anecdotal evidence suggests it’s on the increase .
Causes of Canine Autism
The causes of autism are still unclear, in any species. there’s some evidence that in mice an illness within the mother during gestation raises the likelihood of pups born showing behaviors that fit on the autism spectrum. This doesn’t seem to hold over into larger species, although far more research must be done. the thought that it’s going to be caused, or a minimum of suffering from , environmental factors is bolstered by the very fact that the incidence of autism is on the increase in multiple species simultaneously.
In dogs, there’s no solid evidence of what causes autism-like behaviors. what’s known is that certain breeds of dogs, bull terriers for one, seem to be more susceptible to the idiosyncratic behaviors related to the autism spectrum, also referred to as canine dysfunctional behavior, in dogs.
Symptoms of Autism in Dogs
In the 1960s, veterinarians begin to notice autistic-like behavior in dogs. it had been noted by a university of veterinary behaviorists that a specific set of bizarre actions were present in some dogs, like excessive tail-chasing behavior in bull terriers, which the presence of those behaviors could predict the presence of others. They called it Canine Dysfunctional Behavior. It wouldn’t be until the 2000s that those behaviors were linked to the autism spectrum disorder in citizenry .
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