Pets suffering from more psychiatric problems

Monday, 25th June 2012

Vets are seeing a sharp increase in the number of pets suffering from psychiatric problems, with conditions such as obsessive compulsive disorder, depression and even anorexia.

While most pets are still happy to wolf down their pet food, the Daily Telegraph reported that behaviour in animals is being more closely analysed than ever before.

Research suggesting as many as 80 per cent of dogs exhibit symptoms of conditions such as 'hyperactivity', 'phobic behaviour'  and 'separation anxiety'.

While there are pet medications available for animals that suffer from sleep problems, anxiety, refusal to eat their dog food, self-mutilation or other such conditions, a vet told the newspaper that it is important to get to the root cause of a pet's problems.

Dr Claire Corridan, honorary secretary of the Companion Animal Behaviour Therapy Study Group, told the news provider: "We are seeing more and more behaviour problems in our companion animals.

"We all have busy lifestyles, so quite often cats and dogs are spending less time with their owners and less time being socialised."