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Can autism affect canines the same way it does humans? It is a debate that has interested scientists for years. Some claim that canines don’t have autism while some say they do. Scientists are studying the neural network in canine brains and are trying to understand whether autism can occur or not. It has been found that the lack of some neurons may cause autism in canines. But diagnosis and treatment can be difficult because unlike humans, canines may not exhibit clear symptoms of autism.What is autism?
So, what is autism? It is a developmental ability that affects a person communication and social interaction with others. When we talk about autism, we generally talk about Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), which is a set of different disabilities that affect each person differently. Autism is not caused by a single factor. Early detection of autism in children lead to better treatment and improved results. Some known behaviors exhibited by autism patients are delayed learning, poor socializing skills and inability to reason and plan. Additionally, it includes poor sensory and motor skills.Symptoms of autism in dogs
In Puppies with suspected canine autism, the most common symptom can be disinterest in playing either with mother or siblings. Other behaviors include withdrawal from experiencing new things, distancing from others and staying alone. Avoiding new people, things and minimal interaction with other canines are other signs of canine autism. Some puppies have a blank stare when they look at different things. This could also suggest canine autism.Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a characteristic of autism. It means doing something repeatedly. In dogs, it could be walking around one place repeatedly.Lack of energy and appearing lethargic when other dogs are playing and interacting is another sign.Additionally, avoiding eye contact and over reacting to certain noises could suggest autism.Treating autism in dogs
As of now, there are no known cures but there are certain measures you can take to treat dogs. Ask a vet if there are any possible treatment methods or therapies that can help your dog. Pet counselling is available in some places and it could be useful. But the most important treatment should come from you. Being an owner, it is your duty to make sure that your dog gets lot of love and care. Give attention and never make them feel isolated even though that might be their disposition. Do not change things around your dog as this could affect them negatively.It is ultimately up to you to take care of your dog and it depends how you do it. Meet people who have faced the same issue and take advice from experts.