The O.C.D.

October 17 | 1 Comment

What was that? Was that a treat in my father’s hand? Where is it? Where? Where? Is it in the left hand? Is it in the right? Where is it? I know it’s there. Look at the left hand, look at the right hand, smell it in the air…hmm where is it? Where? Where?

You’ve been there, transformed and fixated on something. For me it’s usually a treat, for others it’s their tail. Now researchers are looking at the underlying reasons for compulsive disorder in canines and other animals.

Dr. Nicholas Dodman and Dr. Alice Moon-Fanelli, both of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, have been collecting data and DNA samples for years, and are now on the verge of discovering the genetic key to compulsive disorders in dogs.

What is the focus of the study you ask?

The Tufts researchers are primarily looking at flank sucking and blanket sucking in Doberman pinchers and compulsive tail chasing in bull terriers…

OK…a couple of observations here. First, Doberman’s are slow to grow out of puppyhood. So, not only will they suck on blankets but they will also suck their thumbs well into their teens. Nothing abnormal there. As for bull terriers chasing their tails; let’s be honest,they weren’t put on this earth to solve world peace. Sometimes a low IQ can explain a lot.

… their work also extends to abnormal eating behavior in Siamese and Burmese cats and cribbing in horses.

Siamese cats are known to be very vain. In fact they probably think this story is about them, don’t they, don’t they. They’re so vain. The fact that they go to the bathroom and stick a paw down their throat shouldn’t surprise anyone.

As far as the cribbing in horses, you know they love to show off their stalls. I’m still amazed at Secretariat’s digs shown on last night’s Animal Planet’s Cribs show. Can’t blame them for showing their wares.

In the end, I really don’t see the need for this research. Maybe the researcher’s efforts would be better served by focusing on the development of zero-calorie pork loins.

Now, where is that treat? Where is it? Where? Where?


One Response to “The O.C.D.”

  1. Heather Bowers on October 21st, 2007 1:10 am

    I have a dog named Madison, who is a RottWeiler, that has OCD.  They call it Fly Biting, where she will look up in the air and continue to bite, as if she see's something.  She will do this continuely.  We have her on an Anti Depresent for dogs, given to me by my vet, which has curtailed this behavior.  I do beleive in OCD in dogs.

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