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German shepherds, Doberman pinschers, bull terriers, and Shetland sheepdogs are susceptible to OCD.

German shepherds, Doberman pinschers, bull terriers, and Shetland sheepdogs are susceptible to OCD.

Sigrid Knemeyer

Obsessive-Compulsive Dogs May Help People

Tail-chasing, paw-licking canines with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) are helping scientists better understand the complex anxiety disorder in humans, Discovery News reports. A study published this week in Genome Biology identifies four genes linked to OCD in canines that may also be present in people. The findings may pave the way for the development of better drugs, for both humans and dogs.

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