Smart Living 6 Signs Your Dog Might Be Depressed—And What You Can Do About It

17:50  05 february  2018
17:50  05 february  2018 Source:   Rodale's Organic Life

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Dogs do show signs of a low mood – loss of appetite, lethargy and disinterest in their usual activities. However, this dog depression can occur for a couple of reasons. Two Primary Reasons Dogs get Depressed . Your depressed dog may be feeling down because he is physically unwell.

Depression isn’t typically diagnosed in dogs , but veterinarians and behaviorists know the signs of depressive Here are six reasons why your dog might be acting depressed . It ’s more important to let your dog take her time and enjoy the surroundings, she says, even if that means you just do

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“Help, my dog is depressed!” sounds like the name of a really bad reality TV show that exemplifies first-world problems. Except, your pooch really can get depressed.

Just like people, pups can fall into a funk that just won’t go away. And the triggers might not surprise you. “Dogs are creatures of habit. So anything that upsets their normal routine has the potential to cause depression,” says April Olshavsky, an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and Pet Trainer.

Think a change in schedule because you got a new job and aren’t home as often, for instance, moving to a new place that feels unfamiliar, or a breakup or divorce that means one of his usual humans isn’t around anymore. Another common culprit? Something that makes it harder for him to get outside and have fun—like less time at the dog park in the winter or fewer walks because of an injury. Some experts, like dog psychologist Stanley Coren, even say that less daylight during the colder months can lead to SAD-like symptoms in dogs.

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A dog might start eating excessively, quickly eating a meal while still acting hungry. How to Tell if a Dog is Depressed ; You are not logged in: Login Know the signs of a depressed dog , and what you can do to cheer him up. Dog in mourning: Helping our pets cope with loss.

6 Signs Care - Duration: 2:46. So how do you know if your dog is depressed ? If your dog is behaving in an unusual manner, it is wise to get them checked out by a vet. A depressed dog might pee on the bed and stop eating, but to be peeing and throwing up sounds more serious to me.

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How to tell if your dog is down in the dumps? A change in his typical behavior should tip you off that something might be wrong, Olshavsky says.

A depressed dog might start doing things like:

  • Acting sluggish or lethargic.
  • Showing less interest in the activities he usually enjoys.
  • Eating less.
  • Interacting differently with family members—like hiding or acting aggressive.
  • Changing his sleeping habits—like sleeping more during the day or seeming restless at night.
  • Howling or whining more.

There’s a caveat to all of this, though. Just because your dog looks depressed doesn’t guarantee that his mood is the problem. “Because dogs can’t tell us what’s wrong, any type of physical condition can mimic depression. Or be the culprit of depression,” says Olshavsky. Case in point: Health problems like diabetes, an infection, hip dysplasia, Lyme disease, kidney disease, or even a food sensitivity can all manifest in depression-like symptoms, or trigger a change in your dog’s routine that ends up bumming him out.

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That’s why if you notice any unusual behaviors, it’s important to get him checked out by a vet instead of trying to make a diagnosis on your own. If a health issue is at play, treating it could go a long way towards helping him get back to his old self. And if he is depressed, the vet can help you figure out a plan to lift your pup’s spirits.

Usually, the first option will be simple lifestyle changes like getting your dog back into a routine that feels familiar, or making sure he’s getting enough stimulation. That could mean more walks, puzzle toys or interactive games, agility training, or even some time at doggie daycare, Olshavsky says.

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Common Signs of Depression in Dogs . Ensure that your dog is not sick. A depressed dog might pee on the bed and stop eating, but to be peeing and throwing up So how do you know if your dog is depressed ? A dogs health changes with age, and our pets age much faster than we do .

Here are six common signs that your dog may not be getting enough exercise. If your once-social dog no longer runs to the door in anticipation of a walk or acts disinterested when you enter the room, he could be depressed .

And if that’s not enough, you could try a natural supplement. Olshavsky is a fan of products with CBD oil, which some studies suggest could have an anti-depressive effect that may be helpful for dogs. (Try VETCBD—just make sure to get your veterinarian’s OK first.)

Antidepressants like Xanax or Prozac are another option, but most experts agree that prescription meds should be a last resort. Like with people, these drugs can have unpleasant side effects like irritability, insomnia, itching, aggressive behavior, and seizures.

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