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Animal research

07 - 10 - 2016

Canine and human hyperactivity

The University of Helsinki runs a research program on the behaviour of dogs, its hereditary and environmental factors, the metabolic-related changes and the similarities with humans.

A recent study of 22 German Shepherd dogs showed that hyperactive and impulsive individuals (a frequently encountered behavioural disorder in dogs resembling ADHD in humans),  has a reduced level of tryptophan metabolites and phospholipids produced by the intestinal microbiota. Similar results were recently published about ADHD in humans. Researchers are trying to consolidate and complete the results obtained in dogs.