Do Dogs Get Depressed?

There are a lot of similarities between humans and dogs, and such is the real reason why we get along with them so well. We may have different ancestors and our genetic make up are poles apart, but dogs and humans are like made for each other. We need them as much as they need us. Life is truly happier with our canine buddies around. But just like us, our dogs are also capable of the same human emotions such as enjoyment, happiness, sadness and even depression. Part of our being paw-rents is the ability to detect the emotional problems of our pets. Here are some points to look out in identifying doggy depression.

Do Dogs Get Depressed?

Do Dogs Get Depressed?

The most evident sign is the change in appetite. It can either manifest as too much eating or no eating at all. Some dogs are naturally gluttonous while some are picky eaters. If your dog does not belong to these group and then you suddenly notice that he becomes one of them, then warning. Aside from appetite, your dog may start to lose interest in playing or greeting you. For example, if he normally welcomes you with a wagging tail and excited mood when your get home from work and then just prefers to stay in one corner and lie down, then he is saying something. Another thing to check is your pooch’s sleeping pattern. Dogs are expected to sleep 9 hours a day and at the most relaxed times of the day. If your dog still sleeps even during active parts of the day and would not acknowledge you, then he is definitely not feeling well. There are other behavioral changes that can also send you clues such excessive licking of the body, paws and house furniture, self trauma, sitting and lying down in the same corner for the whole day, and hiding under the tables or closets. For all these changes, something is causing your dog to act like this. Yes, it may be depression but the best person to rule out other possible medical issues is the veterinarian. Just bring your dog along to the nearest clinic and ask advice from your vet.

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