Dogs With Down Syndrome: Signs Of Chromosomal Condition In Your Four-Legged Friend
The relationship between the dog and human is a special one and it comes as no surprise that the two species have been linked for longer than we can imagine.
Both dogs and humans can develop some of the same health conditions, from physical ailments such as cardiovascular disease to mental illnesses like anxiety and to chromosomal conditions that are similar to Down Syndrome.
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And although the question is a bit controversial, it seems that dogs with Down Syndrome do exist and they can experience similar health issues as people. Here is what we know about it.
Dogs with Down Syndrome
Many people can wonder can dogs have Down syndrome?
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Well, while there are several genetic similarities between dogs and humans, there are also a lot of major differences and the main one here is that humans have 23 sets of chromosomes and dogs have 39.
This, in fact, means that whatever information the human chromosome 21 carries may not be the same as the canine chromosome 21. This would mean that trisomy 21 in dogs would not end up in Down Syndrome for them.
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Yet, dogs also can experience signs of the disorder.
Usually, the puppy who has those sings dies before he is even born. If he does actually survive, doctors tend to prevent him from living longer than a few days.
Yet, there are some dogs that might live longer life. There are common signs that can tell you if the dog has the disorder:
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Down Syndrome characteristics in dogs
- Strange way of walking
- Hindered growth
- Wide head
- Tongue always sticking out
- Short extremities
- Weak muscle tone
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- Delayed teething
- Poor eyesight
- Hard of hearing
Because genetic testing is typically only available at specialized facilities, it will be difficult to confirm if your dog has a chromosomal abnormality. Since chromosomal abnormalities are congenital, unfortunately, there is no cure.
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Still, it doesn’t mean that the dog has no need in your love and attention. Moreover, they might, in fact, need them even more than a healthy one.
Yes, it’s true that special needs animals need a home that can provide a little special care and extra time, but they are no less deserving.
They make wonderful pets for the right people and all of them deserve to be loved!
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