If you have a Hyperactive dog, or work with dogs with ADHD-like behavior, you have to read this.
A new study published to MDPI examines the connection between blood levels of serotonin and dopamine and ADHD-like behavior in dogs. The researchers define ADHD-like behavior in dogs as hyperactivity, impulsivity, and difficulty focusing.
To investigate this relationship, the researchers conducted a study involving 41 dogs, 19 of which had ADHD-like behavior and 22 of which were used as a control group. The dogs' blood levels of serotonin and dopamine were measured, and their behavior was assessed using a standardized test.
The study found that dogs with ADHD-like behavior had significantly lower blood levels of serotonin and dopamine compared to the control group. This suggests that low levels of serotonin and dopamine may be associated with ADHD-like behavior in dogs. Additionally, the study found that there was a positive correlation between blood levels of serotonin and dopamine and performance on the behavior test. This means that dogs with higher levels of these neurotransmitters tended to perform better on the behavior test.
It’s important to note that this study only provides preliminary evidence of a relationship between serotonin and dopamine levels and ADHD-like behavior in dogs. Further research is needed to understand the underlying mechanisms and to develop effective treatment strategies. Nonetheless, this study provides a starting point for future investigations into the causes of ADHD-like behavior in dogs and may ultimately help improve the well-being of affected dogs.