High Cholesterol Causes Tail Chasing?

March 26th, 2009 by Dan

Many dogs chase their tails on an occasional basis. Maybe they just noticed the appendage for the first time or are in a “zoomie” kind of mood. Some dogs take this behavior to an extreme and chase their tail’s compulsively. A new study thinks that it may know why….

Irish Setter Chasing Tail

Photo by nawtydawg

An experiment conducted by a group of Veterinarians in Turkey has concluded that high cholesterol in dogs could be connected to compulsive tail chasing. The study only contained 15 tail-chasers, so that fact has to be taken into account as well. The team theorized that high cholesterol numbers lump up cell membranes and thus affect the flow of hormones that control behavior (serotonin).

The study also stated that Bull Terriers and German Shepherds were more prone to the compulsive behavior.

One Response to “High Cholesterol Causes Tail Chasing?”

  1. Brownfield Says:

    wow, I didn’t know about this, very good post,

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