Can dogs & cats have ADD?
Do you think like people, dogs and/or cats can have hyperactivity/attention deficit disorder?
Or do you think such behaviors are the result only of breed characteristics?
As veterinary medicine gets more and more like human medicine and more can be done for our pets, do you think we'll uncover more disorders in pets previously not even considered or thought possible?
Now medicine is available for dogs with separation anxiety or fear of storms. These are psychological problems that now can be treated, just like people take all sorts of mood-altering drugs for depression, bi-polar disorder and so on.
So, I was wondering about attention deficit. As I watch my three dogs, it's always Scooter who can't seem to sit still. He doesn't do anything bad, really, he just wants to always be on the go, meaning go in and out constantly. At bedtime he usually settles down, and he seems to be in a routine as far as knowing when I am getting ready to leave for work. Then he'll lie down and nap, to wait for Daddy to come home. But when I am home with him, he always wants to go out. And back in. And when he's out, he never just lies down and relaxes--he's on a constant yard patrol and investigation.
In his case, I think his behavior is more a result of his breeds than his head, though he does have seizures and I often wonder if some of his behavior comes from that. Like a border collie or shepherd breeds, Scooter likes to keep busy. In fact, if you have such an active breed and don't give them something to do--they'll find something to do, and it usually won't be something you like. I always joke and tell The Boss we should get a few goats or sheep for Scooter to herd and boss around.
And I do feel guilty that I don't walk him as often as I should. By the time I get up, it's too dang hot!
Maybe once the weather gets cooler those of us with dogs can meet at the RiverWalk or Dunbar Cave trails and take a nice, long group dog walk! Anyone game for that when cool weather returns?
posted by Sandy at 8/19/2007 04:26:00 PM