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10 Bizarre Syndromes That Only Affect Animals

10 Bizarre Syndromes That Only Affect Animals

You might say we’re spoiled because we have major medical advantages at our disposal. Unfortunately, animals don’t have the same benefits we do, and yet, they’re just as susceptible to sicknesses as we are.

Over the past couple of years, diseases have spread throughout the animal kingdom.

The only problem is, animals can’t talk and say, “Hey, I’ve got this,” or “I’ve got that.” But if people can get sick and face bizarre medical issues, then why can’t an animal? So, if you’re an animal lover, then you should know that your pets are likely to develop any number of syndromes.

1. Black Dog and Black Cat Syndrome

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Black Dog and Black Cat Syndrome makes these otherwise gorge pets completely unlikable at shelters.

Dark-colored animals tend to lack distinguishable features, which makes them less likely to get adopted.

But some people may refuse them because of silly superstition like how black dogs are disguised vampires and black cats are associated with bad luck.

2. Floppy Trunk Syndrome

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Floppy Trunk Syndrome isn’t as cute as it sounds and could actually turn out to be life-threatening.

This syndrome makes an elephant’s trunk go limp.

The condition is the result of metal poisoning which the animal ingests from dry riverbeds.

The heavy lead concentration paralyzes the trunk, making it difficult for the elephant to eat.

3. High-Rise Syndrome

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High-Rise Syndrome is a disorder in which cats seem to survive from greater fall versus short falls. Cats love to scale high places, which puts them in danger of falling.

But the longer they have to fall, the easier it is for them to prepare for a landing.

Shorter falls don’t give them enough time to land on their feet, so the risk of injury increases.

4. Berserk Male Syndrome

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Berserk Male Syndrome will cause animals like peacocks, alpacas and llamas to simply go berserk.

This condition is caused by humans who are with these animals from the time they’re young.

It confuses the animal into thinking their owners are part of their pack. So, if the human gets too close to their personal bubble, they’ll attack.

5. Balloon Syndrome

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Balloon Syndrome isn’t as fun as it sounds, especially if you happen to be an adorable hedgehog.

Scientists believe it may be caused by a punctured lung, so when the hedgehog breathes in, it traps air under its skin, causing it to puff up like a balloon.

Thankfully, vets can puncture tiny holes in the body to release the air.

6. Limber Tail Syndrome

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Limber Tail Syndrome occurs when a dog’s tail goes completely limp, and it’s oh-so painful, too.

If your dog refuses to sit or eat, they’re probably in a lot of pain. This syndrome is caused after an activity that wears them out or when they get splattered with cold water, which stops blood from reaching the tail, making it swell.

7. Rage Syndrome

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Rage Syndrome occurs when a dog suddenly decides to attack anyone for absolutely no reason at all.

Rage Syndrome is a genetic disorder most commonly associated with Springer Spaniels, Dobermans, Poodles, and Golden Retrievers.

The rage is sudden but may be aggravated if someone or something approaches them while they’re sleeping.

8. Small Dog Syndrome

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Small Dog Syndrome tends to affect small dogs, but the side effects are certainly larger than life.

Dogs with this syndrome will show extreme aggression towards other humans and dogs.

They’ll growl and even bite anything they see as a threat. It’s important for dog owners to nip their behavior in the bud or it will worsen and develop into this disorder.

9. Domestication Syndrome

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Domestication Syndrome can affect any domesticated animal and it robs them of several traits.

Domesticated animals tend to have droopy ears, lighter coats, and smaller brains compared to other animals of the same species that are living in the wild.

So, it seems that being domesticated leaves pets ill-equipped to handle the real world.

10. Irritable Male Syndrome

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Irritable Male Syndrome affects Soay sheep, reindeer and other male animals with low testosterone.

Think of it as the male version of menopause.

A sudden decrease of testosterone makes animals aggressive, irritable, hostile and likely to attack anyone. This can also happen in human males ages 40 and 60.

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