Can dogs Have ADHD?

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asked Jan 16 in Dogs by DJfergusonia (1,490 points)
Can dogs Have ADHD?

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answered Jan 18 by DarkleneJastason (1,470 points)
Dogs can have ADHD.

ADHD does not only affect humans but dogs and even cats and other animals can have ADHD.

Signs of ADHD in dogs are exceptionally short attention spans and a high degree of impulsiveness.

Dogs with ADHD demonstrate exceptionally short attention spans and a high degree of impulsiveness that makes it impossible for them to focus on one task for long.

They are easily distracted. In contrast, most of the high-energy dogs that clients bring to me will focus very quickly on the click-and-treat game.

Breeds bred for work, like the German Shepard and Border Collie, have higher rates of ADHD-like behaviors.

On the other hand, breeds that are popular for showing or as pets, like the Chihuahua, Long-Haired Collie and Poodle, were calmer and had less tendency towards impulsivity.

To help your dog with ADHD you can teach your dog how to sit and calm down when they are being hyperactive.

Use treats as incentive, and gradually you will see the betterment in their behavior.

Use this command whenever they are acting up to make them calm down.

The true test of ADHD is to give your dog a prescribed stimulant under controlled clinical conditions and then monitor changes in heart rate, respiratory rate, and behavior.

For a dog with ADHD, a stimulant will reduce the symptoms.

Antidepressants such as amitriptyline or fluoxetine (Prozac) can be prescribed for dogs with severe anxiety.

Sometimes vets will prescribe sedatives for dogs who experience situational anxiety.

This would be anxiety related to thunderstorms, fireworks, or a trip to the vet's office.

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