Can dogs have autism?

First of all, there’s a huge debate as to whether or not animals can actually have autism. In regards to dogs, there is a belief out there that a small percentage of dogs have autism and that they were born that way. The autism is caused by the lack of mirroring neurons in the brain. Whether a dog truly has autism, or signs that are similar in character, has yet to be proven.

Symptoms of Autism in Dogs

It’s often been said that all cats have Aspergers, but dogs are generally known for their sociability and unconditional love.  Is it possible for dogs to have autism?  Dogs can suffer from anxiety, which can appear similar to autism.  The symptoms include changes in appetite or weight, excessive vocalizing, changes in elimination habits, self-mutilation, disobedience, aggression, health changes, lethargy, depression, new destructive behaviors, trembling, restlessness, or excessive panting.  If your dog is exhibiting any of these symptoms, see your veterinarian.  Compression garments, like Thundershirt, can also help if your dog suffers from sensory issues.

Can cats have autism?


  1. Our family has owned and rescued small dogs for over 40 years. We definitely have seen autism syndrome symptoms in the majority of them. Personally, we believe it’s a result of the brain inflammation caused by vaccination. Some of the symptoms exhibited are excessive vocalization (bark, cry, whine), aggression, inability to focus/learn, hyper-sensitivity, nervousness, OCD, IBD and digestive disorders, repetitive behaviors, inability to interact appropriately with other dogs, seizure disorder, pica, staring off into space or at their owners with a blank look, separation anxiety, flat affect, destructive behaviors, depression, excessive panting, hyper-activity, restlessness and more. Many times these issues show up 6 weeks to 3 months after the dog was vaccinated. Dr. Russell Blaylock, neurosurgeon, states that every vaccination causes brain inflammation. From what we’ve experienced, we agree with him completely. These deadly and damaging poisons must be stopped. They obviously aren’t safe and there’s not one study proving they are. The evidence is overwhelming in both animals and people. We need to stop being bullied by so called experts and science. The truth is staring us right in the face. The dogs of today are much worse than those of 40 years ago and beyond.

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