Down syndrome is a set of physical and mental symptoms caused by a genetic disorder and, although it is common to find it in the human population, it is not so in other species. If you’ve ever wondered, no, dogs can’t have Down syndrome.
Although some dogs may have similar symptoms, their cause has another explanation. Humans and canids share many genetic disorders, but Down syndrome is not among them.
What is Down syndrome?
When we talk about any syndrome, we mean a set of symptoms characteristic of one or several diseases. Down syndrome is known for a series of symptoms:
- Recognizable facial features: flattened face, especially on the nasal bridge with small almond-shaped eyes, short neck, and little ears.
- Different degrees of cognitive disability.
- Weak muscle tone or loose ligaments.
- Hearing loss and tendency to ear infections.
- Eye diseases such as cataracts or myopia.
- Sleep apnea.
- Heart defects.
- Other common problems: intestinal obstructions, anemia, thyroid problems, leukemia, Hirschsprung disease…
If, on the contrary, you feed your dog through BARF or combine the feed with natural food, some foods rich in omega-6 are:
- Fish, dried or raw, but previously frozen.
- Unrefined vegetable oils. For example, extra virgin olive oil, unrefined sunflower oil, coconut oil, etc.
- Nuts such as nuts and peanuts. Nuts can be offered to dogs very sporadically, and we must keep in mind that some are extremely toxic, such as macadamia nuts .
- Soy and its derivatives.
- Raw eggs offered.
- The meat of the avocado. Avocado is not toxic to the dog, but some of its parts, such as leaves, bark, fruit skin, or seed, can be toxic.
Utilities for dogs
The benefits of omega-6 for dogs can be multiple, in addition to that, as we said, they are indispensable in the diet. First of all, we must always keep in mind the ratio and that, if it is unbalanced towards omega-6, our dog could suffer various serious pathologies.
Some ailments where omega-6 fatty acid seems to be a decisive factor are:
- As a treatment for degenerative osteoarthritis.
- Problems of canine atopic dermatitis.
- Secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease.
- Benefits for canine asthma.
- Diseases with inflammatory processes.