Canines have been found to be beneficial for children or adults that have autism. However, dog autism may also be met. Autism is very rare in dogs and some scientists even doubt the condition is present in canines. Dog autism is believed to be caused by the lack of mirroring neurons in the brain.
Causes of Autism
Dog autism is idiopathic, but it may be a genetic condition, so it may be inherited from a parent or a relative.
Some researchers are working on a theory according to which dog autism may be caused by the lack of mirroring neurons in the brain. However, this is a condition that is congenital. Dogs cannot suddenly become autis tic. They can be born with autism.
There are studies that associate the occurrence of autism in dogs with parents that have been exposed to different toxins and unnecessary vaccinations.
Symptoms of Dog Autism
Dogs with autism may not display any symptoms or the symptoms are very subtle and may not be recognized.
However, some dogs with autism may show some symptoms. The main symptoms of dog autism include:
- Dysfunctional interaction with other dogs or owner
- Restricted behavior, as autistic dogs may only limit themselves to performing only a few moves avoiding new moves and games
- Repetitive actions. Dogs with autism tend to have a routine they like to stick to.
- Apathy and inability to communicate joy, fear or other feelings
- Lack of activity, even if the breed is a high energy dog
It’s difficult to imagine pets displaying such behaviors, but dogs can behave like this.
Some dog owners that have dogs that are supposed to have autism claim the dogs organize toys according to their size, colors or shapes.
These symptoms should be present from early puppyhood and the puppy may not be able to interact properly with his brothers or mother. A puppy with autism may show lack of interest in food or games.
Dealing with a Dog with Autism
Determining whether a dog has autism is very difficult, as some dogs won’t display any specific behavior. However, if the dog is suspected to have autism, you should pay special attention to him and try to help him.
Dogs with autism should be helped to adapt to new situations and shouldn’t change owners or homes. It is important to maintain your dog’s schedule approximately unaltered and don’t change the furniture or the dog’s crate, so that your pet feels comfortable in places that are familiar.
Dog autism shouldn’t be considered a disease. Even if dogs with autism may not offer affection or crave for affection you should offer him affection. Your dog may also benefit of pet counseling, which can help him become more open and cooperative.
There is no known cure for dog autism.
You may also opt for alternative counseling methods and contact a dog whisperer that may be able to communicate with your dog.