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Obsessive / Compulsive Disorders
Not too common, but when they present, these are very neat cases. More commonly found in hi energy dogs, these problems can take different forms... licking self/other individual/objects, chewing self, excessive grooming, watching/attacking shadows on wall, protecting a new baby, flank sucking, eating/drinking, vocalizing, circling/pacing, digging, snapping at air as though catching flies, etc. Often observed in situations where an animal is experiencing an increased level of arousal, OCD animals are frequently in some state of conflict. With appropriate medications (there are a number of substances that work well in OCDs in animals) and/or a variety of applicable behavior modification techniques, these problems can be controlled, if not eliminated.