When animals suffer from mental disorders

Do we Need Animal Psychiatrists?

When animals suffer from mental disorders

I know someone who has a dog that is on a 3 m long-chain 24 hours a day, almost the entire year. There is a small dog house that serves as a shelter and the dog gets its food and water regularly, but no cuddle, no pat, no bath ever. A dog’s life ?! It doesn’t surprise me that this dog obsessively runs around in a 2.5 m wide circle, sleeps a lot or is occupied tearing hairs out of its tail. I’d call that an “Obsessive Compulsive Disorder”, usually abbreviated OCD, an abnormal behaviour relatively easily recognizable in humans by psychiatrists. Since at least mammals and birds can suffer from physical troubles also affecting humans (e.g. bones, lungs, heart, brain, gut, etc.) the question arises if they cannot also suffer from mental illnesses. —>—>