Face of the Day

Treating man’s best friend for obsessive compulsive disorder is much the same as treating humans with it.

Auckland-based veterinarian and animal behaviour expert Dr Elsa Flint said the symptoms vary between breeds.

“You get dogs who tail chase and spin… You can have some that foot chew. Others will do obsessive compulsive licking, so they lick any surface that they can get near. And they’ll just constantly lick throughout the day and never seem to stop.”

And others, she said, will ingest things like stones.

“They’ll keep trying, constantly, to get to smooth stones… usually pebbles in the garden.”

It’s not a curable condition, she said, and it’s up to owners to manage it the best they can.

“[Dogs] use similar medications to humans, as far as I understand.

“But we don’t just use medication, we also use behavioural therapy. And in people, they use cognitive behavioural treatment too.”

She said she sees about one to three dogs per year suffering from OCD.

Or. ?A dog is being a dog.

Who the hell thinks it’s OK to permanently medicate the dog into different chemically driven behaviour?

If it can’t be trained, it can’t be trusted. ? It needs to be destroyed.


– NZ Herald