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Pets get OCD just like humans

UNDATED (KWWL) - Imaginary fly biting. Non-stop licking. Repetitive shadow hunting. Obvious signs something is not quite right with your pet.

The diagnosis: obsessive compulsive disorder.

It's the same condition that plagues millions of Americans who suffer obsessive thoughts and things like germs or safety and then engage in compulsive behaviors such as repetitive hand washing or locking doors. It can be gutwrenching to deal with and while it's different in pets it's still scary to watch.

It's not just dogs, other animals like cats and horses can get OCD.  Doctors said it's caused by genetics or the environment or both and that certain breeds are predisposed.

Animals can be prescribed drugs like Prozac or Zoloft, the same drugs often given to humans with OCD.

Online Executive Producer Nate Leding

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