There are plenty of health conditions that humans and dogs have in common. For example, our canine companions can contract diabetes, cancer, and epilepsy. They can even develop similar mental health illnesses to humans, such as anxiety.
Down syndrome is one of the most common genetic conditions affecting humans, causing delays in growth, learning difficulties, and distinctive facial features. Whether or not dogs can also develop this chromosomal disorder is a controversial topic requiring further research.
Down syndrome is caused by an extra full or partial copy of chromosome 21 in humans. This means that people with the condition have extra genetic material in their DNA, giving them the characteristics of Down Syndrome.
Around 1 in every 700 babies born in the USA is born with Down Syndrome.
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