|Barked: Sat Apr 15, '06 6:06pm PST |
|If dog can have neurological disorders then they can have mental ones. Some neurological disorders fall under the catagory of a mental disorder. Dogs get separation anxiety and can be very destructive or total wrecks when left alone. My dog goes into panic mode if she can't find me unless she's out in her pen or contained at home. If she's locked in my room that is fine by her. If I go out of sight away from home, forget it, she goes into panic search mode. I think that because she was abandoned by her family at a shelter, she is afraid I might not come back for her. It's almost like mild form of PTSD. She's much better than when she first came home. I couldn't leave her at all, she'd become very distressed. She didn't think I'd return when leaving her. It took (gradually) ignoring some barking and whining but it worked. She learned that I was coming back for her once she calmed down. She also became more confident as she settled in.
The little dog I watch has parkinson's. The vet told her mom that every day is a gift now. I also know a dog that has some brain damage. They can have most of the same disorders we do.
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