As ironic as it may seem, dogs, who seem like rays of sunshine in our lives can feel depression too.
What is harder about their depression is that you cannot ask dogs what are they feeling or what causes the depression. They can’t speak, so as a pet owner, all that we can do is to observe their behavior.
According to Pet Care Rx, Canine depression can be caused by a major change in a dog’s life. It can be a loss or departure of a family member, a new family member, a new pet, or moving in into a new house. The dog’s depression can be caused by a major shift in its comfort zone.
If you have pinpointed the possible causes of your fur baby’s depression, you can talk it out with your veterinarian or a trainer. Working together with them can help you conclude some techniques that can decrease the triggers.
Natural remedies like flower essences and air diffusers with calming oil can also help. The vet will also help in ruling out any physical and health problems to determine that it is really canine depression.
The following are the signs to look out if you are worried that your canine buddy has depression:
Hiding and/or Avoidance
If your dog, who was a ball of sunshine and is a friendly fur friend before started hiding and being introverted, it is a strong sign that something is bothering it. It may be related to physical or emotional health.
Change in Appetite
Like people, dogs also eat less or do not eat at all when they are depressed. On the contrary, other dogs eat a lot than their usual serving when depressed.
If you have observed a big appetite change on your dog and a big change in weight over a little period of time, it can indicate that there is a chemical imbalance in its brain. This imbalance is usually caused by clinical depression.
To soothe themselves, dogs like their adorable paws. If you have noticed that your dog is being extra in its paw licking movement or even in biting, it can be a clear sign that it is depressed.
Your canine buddy’s sleeping routine is also affected when it is depressed. Your dog can sleep a lot more than it usually does.
Loss of Interest
When you have observed that your dog has lost interest over things that it seems to enjoy before, it is a sign that it is depressed. Things like going for a walk or if it started not playing its favorite toy.
To make sure of everything, got to the veterinarian to get your fur baby checked. If it is concluded by your vet that it is really clinical depression, be there for your dog.
Give it more attention at right times and don’t force it to play or be happy in an instant. Be patient. Keep your dog active but don’t overdo it.
If your dog has prescribed medication like antidepressants, give them and let your dog take them on time.