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Can Dogs suffer from Autism?

Please see above description under PERTINENT TEST RESULTS for background.  We've had him over a year and he never blossomed........
Is there any hope at all for him to be an active normal puppy? He really hates to move or go outside even Always very stiff when he first rises... Plus he never uses his tail, ever.....Every single  thing seems like the biggest chore or effort for him.......He wants to do nothing and has no interest in anything... not even treats or chew toys or balls.. Will just eat his food and lay down... thats it! Please help...... I just want him to be ok. 2 different vets have no explanation as his xrays are fine, but he does have very lose tendons and ligaments in his rear hocks....The distemper survivor is the only hypothesis, but it cannot be tested as the pound gave him a distemper shot before we adopted him so he now obviously has the anti-bodies in his system.....
Type of Animal
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Mutt from Pound
Age of Animal
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1.5 years
Sex of Animal
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Male
Breed of Animal
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30% Boston Terrier & unknown according to DNA test...See my profile picture as he looks like a fox
Last date your pet was examined by a vet?
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December 19, 2009
City
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Vero
State/Province
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FL
Blood Test Results
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Slightly anemic but giving supplements.
X-Ray Results
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No broken bones ever... We though for sure he may have been abused or hit by car before we got him by the way he walks and cannnot run or jump.... Extremely weak rear legs
Other pertinent test results
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We adopted an 8 month old puppy from the pound on Jan. 5, 2009.  He was weak, lethargic and different from the start but we thought it was his injured back pad (was in  the process of healing when they let u ... [More] s adopt him) plus the neutering... After several weeks he never improved (his pad healed slowly, but he still walks weakly and funny) and now a year later, no improvement.  Anyway, he just lays around all day, does not play, cannot jump at all and also cannot run as his back legs are just "off". He does not bark or respond to normal stimuli like the doorbell or people entering the room.. No reaction or acknowledgement.  He also walks very stiff legged in the rear and looks like his hocks are loose and sloppy.  Lastly, he is always vibrating like shivering all over his skin and he is not a little dog (they tend to normally vibrate) He is 50 pounds. Any advice at all is appreciated.
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I would start with a complete eval and some very specifically targeted tests to find the cause of this obviously abnormal behavior.  It could be neurological, behavioral or a result of some trauma that you are completely unaware of.  

in a forum like this it is impossible for us to help.  you are going to need a veterinarian that would take an interest and really dig to find you some answers.  What we have here is far too general and we just can't speculate.  

There are veterinarians that will work with you on the long process of finding answers in a very curious case like this.  

good luck.
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