Here’s How To Tell If Your Dog Experiences Hallucinations

We’ve all seen dogs do some crazy things, making us question what’s going through their head. Truthfully we can’t know exactly what’s going through their brains because they can’t talk to us. One thing that’s difficult to figure out is if dogs hallucinate, or if they even have the capacity to do so.


“Fly-biting” is one of these instances where we question if our dog hallucinate or not. The act of fly-biting is where a dog snaps at imaginary flies and really believes they’re there.


The causes of fly-biting are uncertain, but it’s believed to be a hallucination that can come from an epileptic condition.


Fly-biting isn’t the only suspected hallucination our loving canines might experience. We all know our dogs best, and when they do something out of the ordinary, we’re the first to know.


Some dogs that suffered from what we believe to be hallucinations did something as simple as sit outside and refuse to come in. This might be normal for your dog that loves the outdoors but it’s highly suspicious in other, more introverted pups.


While seizures and epilepsy are a major concern in these apparent hallucinations, there are other causes that might be the cause. An eye issue where debris enters the eye can make canines see spots all around them where the debris is stuck. This issue can easily be detected at your primary veterinarian and they can get the spot hallucinations taken care of!


Although we can’t be certain that dogs are hallucinating, most of what we believe to be hallucinations can be related to seizures. Among other things, vitreous floater, as well as vestibular disease, that makes dogs feel like their world is upside down, also have the capacity to give dogs what we believe to be hallucinations. These behaviors should be taken seriously, and any dog undergoing any of the suspected hallucinations should be taken to the veterinarian.


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Source(s): (University of Missouri, College of Veterinary Medicine)

Dr. Katy Nelson

6 years ago

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