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Spotlight on…. Canine Autism Spectrum Disorder


Contrary to popular belief and current human testing protocols which cannot be applied to animals (Overall, 2013) dogs too can become autistic, with diagnoses ranging from Asperger’s to ADD, ADHD, OCD and through the normal human range, and what’s more it can be vaccine induced just as it can be in humans (Wakefield et al. 1998; Bernard et al. 2000; Blaylock, 2008; Tomljenovic & Shaw, 2011; Seneff et al. 2012 ).

Just as the radiation from active mobile phones has been shown to open up the blood-brain barrier in infants (Salford et al. 2012), allowing toxins in the system to effect the most important organ in the body, canine physiology is no different in that respect and in these modern times it is difficult for our pets to escape from the regular interruptions or our mobile lives.

Human research has also shown a propensity to Autism reversal dependent on diet (Ahn et al. 2014). This involves a low starch, high probiotic, high omega fatty acid regime which is more akin to a species appropriate canine diet anyway.


So, how do you know if your beloved pet has autism or is just a ‘dappy dog’?


“Autism is an accumulation of different causes and about 70% is due to vaccines, 25% to toxic medication and other toxic substances, 5% to some diseases” (Smits, 2008).


Obviously with there being a high propensity of conventional veterinary surgeons to initiate a ‘first vaccination protocol’ whenever a full medical history is unknown, and with annual re-vaccination practiced in the majority in direct contradiction to WSAVA (2010) recommendations or that standardised regular vaccinations have been discredited (Olson et al. 1997; Coyne et al. 2001) let alone research that first vaccines at 15-16 weeks have been shown to last a lifetime (Schultz et al. 2010), this is a difficult one to tackle.



Whilst behavioural symptoms are easier to identify in children than dogs:

  • Impaired cognitive and social skills (Seneff et al. 2012)

,  there are also a number of intestinal symptoms including:

  • Inflammation in both upper and lower intestinal tract
  • Increased sulfation capacity of the liver
  • Pathogenic intestinal permeability
  • Increased response to intravenous secretin injection
  • Decreased digestive enzyme activities (Horvath & Perman, 2002)

The current diagnostic tool for dog owners involves a tick box exercise with regards to certain observational differences in the suspected dog as compared to a dog that is not suspected of having Canine Autism Spectrum Disorder:

Social Impairment:

· Poor eye contact, or staring at an unusual angle

· In his/her own world (aloof)

· Inappropriate/unusual aggression

· Doesn’t like to be touched or held (body, head)

· Hates interacting with unknown dogs

· Abnormal joy expression when seeing owners

· Lack of ability to imitate other dogs

· Just doesn’t get it

Qualitative Impairment:

· Produces unusual noises or infantile squeals

· Inappropriate vocalisation

· Obsessive, compulsive and/or ritualistic vocalisation (without it being a training/breed issue)

Stereotypical Behaviour:

· Ritualistic Behaviour

· Repetitive Behaviour

· Arranging Toys

· Obsessive Behaviour

· Compulsive Behaviour

· Must Have Routine

· Cannot switch from one task to another

· Prolonged rocking, licking or staring


Cognitive Impairment:

· Facial expressions don’t fit situations

· Ignores when called, pervasive ignoring

· Lack of curiosity

· Unable to read body language in other dogs or people

· Excessive fear of noises/sudden movement

· Ignores pain

· Inappropriately anxious or emotional response

· Self Stimulation

· Self Mutilation

· Attachment to unusual objects

Physical Abnormalities:

· Dietary abnormalities (allergies, tastes, textures, bowl preference, location)

· Repetitive and inexplicable head, paw or body jerks

· Unable to stretch legs fully

· Abnormal gait



courtesy of

Gaby Clayton


Via CEASE Therapy involves Isotherapy (homeopathic reversal of toxicity), nutrition and tailored homeopathy (Smits, 2008), this is performed here in the UK, by the incredible Homeopathic Vet Nick Thompson in Bristol ( from reports progress is slow, but marked.

There is a hypothesis that TTouch bandages and ThunderShirts may have a calming effect such as that found by Temple Grandin (1992) with her ‘Squeeze Machine’.

Support Groups:  Canine Autism Spectrum Disorder (CASD) :

For more information with regard to the side effects and risks of vaccines, please refer to Canine Health Concern.

Please also see our ‘Owner Odyssey’ (page 63) to see an individuals story on Canine Autism Spectrum Disorder.


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WSAVA (2010) Vaccination Guidelines [Internet] Available from: (Accessed 04/11/2013)

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