“At first, I noticed my dog suddenly shook. Then he wouldn’t go on walks. He also stopped eating. He stopped drinking. Most of the time, he was hiding under the bed or behind the big mirror in our kitchen.”
Well, dogs can be diagnosed with clinical depression. It is a reality and there are many different causes to it. The most common trigger to depression would be:
- loss of a companion
- loss of an owner
- change in environment
- change in routine
- lack of attention
- owner’s depression can also corrupt dogs
Its symptoms are very much similar to humans:
1. Depressed dogs will become withdrawn.
2. Depressed dogs will become inactive.
3. Depressed dogs will change their eating and sleeping habits.
4. Depressed dogs no longer participate in the things they once enjoyed.
Vets would initially recommend a check-up because your dog could be suffering from physical pain. But beyond that, if your dog is depressed, here are the things that you can do to make them happier:
- Keep them engaged!
- Allow them to do more of the things they like to do.
- Get them a little more exercise.
- Reward them when they show signs of happiness.
- Never encourage negative behavior.
- Getting another pet can help, especially if the reason was a loss of a companion.
Let us help our dogs who are going through a dark stage! With a little time and effort, we can help them go back to their happy state.
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