When you are feeling down, one thing that is sure to cheer you up is your dog. With their wagging tails and playful nature, they are bound to put a smile on your face.
But what happens when they are depressed?
Just like human, dogs can become depressed for number reasons. According to Mental Health Daily, these can range from abuse and neglect to death of a loved one to loneliness.
There are signs and symptoms that you can look out for to see if your dog is depressed our not.
Change in appetite
This is a tricky one to notice. Dogs who are depressed can either lose their appetite or overeat, depending on the animal. If you notice significant changes in your dog’s appetite they is a big chance that they are not happy
Sleeping all the time
Dogs are normally very excited to see you when you get home and are bundles of energy. This is because they may spend most of their time sleeping while you are away. But they are always sleeping and not interested in your presence, it is sign that something is wrong.
If there are no physical problems on your dog the oversleeping is a sign of depression.
Loss of interest in activities
You know what excites your pooch, whether it is going for walks, playing or just being petted. Lack of enthusiasm, especially to those activities they like the most is a big indicator.
Excessive paw licking and chewing
If your pet is licking and chewing their paws excessively if could be indicative of a physiological problem. It is soothing for them to lick and chew their paws. Doing it more often shows that they are in distress.
Avoidance and hiding
Dog avoid and hide from their owners when something is wrong. This could be because of physical injury or pain, but if you have checked them and fins no sign of this, it means that they are depressed.
This one is for the dogs that have been properly house trained. If your dog has always been good and always lets you know when they want to relieve themselves, suddenly peeing indoors shows something is up. It could mean that they are so depressed, they can’t even make it to the door to do their business.
It is important to check out your pet if they display one or more of these symptoms – it may not be depression, so do not jump to that conclusion without confirmation from your vet. If they are depressed, they best thing to do is show your dog you care. Spend more time with it; play with it feed it, different things work for different dogs.