Can a dog get depressed?
The symptoms of canine depression are similar to those seen in people.
Dogs may become withdrawn, exhibit low activity levels, lose interest in the things they once enjoyed, and change their eating and/or sleeping habits.
Some Dogs may also show signs of anxiety or aggression, including sporadic howling or whining.
Warning signs of dog depression
- Appetite changes. When some dogs are extremely sad, they lose interest in food and often lose weight.
- Sleeping all the time. Dogs sleep a lot.
- Loss of interest. If your dog suddenly loses interest in playing, going for walks, and other things that would normally excite her, take note.
- Paw licking.
- Avoidance and hiding.
Although it is not known how much dogs understand about death, it's clear that dogs can become extremely depressed after a companion dies.
Just like humans who have lost a loved one, many dogs lose their appetite, no longer have interest in their favorite activities, become lethargic or sleep excessively.
Lethargy is normal for dogs who are in heat, and is due to the hormonal and prostaglandin changes that occur with a heat.
This lethargy will pass when her heat is over, and there's really nothing you can do for her since it is due to hormonal and prostaglandin changes.
Beaver said major changes in a dog's life could lead to periods of depression.
Those include moving into a new home, a new spouse or baby in the household, or adding another pet.
But the two most common triggers of severe dog depression are the loss of a companion animal or the loss of an owner.
Ways to Cheer Up Your Dog
- If you can take your dog for a walk in the morning, when the sun is shining, it should help him throughout the day.
- Spend extra time with him.
- Take your dog away to a new place.
- Take some special treats with you when you go for a walk.
- Bring him home a new toy.
- Play music for your dog.
In order to tell if your dog is depressed, pay close attention to how he acts.
Any sudden changes in behavior or mood could be a sign that there's something wrong.
Appetite changes – A depressed dog may stop eating or eat like her life depended on it.