Canine hyperactivity reflected in the blood count

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Recently scientists have studied and taken part in studies involving the particular blood count of hyperactive and impulsive dogs. When it comes to these particular studies that were conducted by the scientists, the results had indicated that the metabolites of phospholipids, and tryptophan in particular differ from the blood counts of the control dogs used.

Key Takeaways:

  • Professor Hannes Lohi’s research group from the University of Helsinki and the Folkhälsan Research Centre has studied the blood count of hyperactive and impulsive dogs, together with the LC-MS Metabolomics Centre of Biocentre Kuopio (University of Eastern Finland). The results indicate that the metabolites of phospholipids, tryptophan in particular, differ from the blood counts of the control dogs. These results are similar to previous research done on ADHD patients. The study was published in the Behavioral and Brain Functions journal on 29 September 2016.
  • General fearfulness, sensitivity to noise as well as hyperactivity and impulsiveness are the most common behavioural problems in dogs. At their worst, they can have a very negative impact on the wellbeing of the dog and owner alike.
  • Determining the blood metabolites in hyperactive and normally behaved German Shepherds revealed a significant link between hyperactivity and lower blood phospholipid levels.

“One of the most interesting discoveries in the study was the negative correlation between hyperactive behaviour and the levels of the metabolites of tryptophan, a vital amino acid.”

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161004105848.htm

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