First evidence for an association between joint hypermobility and excitability in a non-human species, the domestic dog

Bowen, J and Fatjó, J and Serpell, J A and Bulbena-Cabré, A and Leighton, E and Bulbena, A (2019) First evidence for an association between joint hypermobility and excitability in a non-human species, the domestic dog. Scientific Reports (Nature), 9 (8629).

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Abstract

There is a well-established relationship between joint hypermobility and anxiety in humans, that has not previously been investigated in other species. A population of 5575 assistance dogs were scored for both hip hypermobility and 13 behaviour characteristics using previously validated methods. Our results suggest a positive association between hip joint hypermobility and emotional arousal in domestic dogs, which parallel results found in people.

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