Do you have a sad dog and don’t know what to do to make him better? We know that depression is a mood disorder characterized by fatigue, anxiety, panic attacks, stress and sleep problems. This disease affects dogs like humans, and it is not unusual to find a depressed dog , a anxious dog , an angry dog or a stressed dog. Let’s discover the symptoms of depressed dogs and how to treat depression in dogs.
Why my dog is sad? Symptoms of depressed dog
Depression in dogs can be caused by an overlooked state of anxiety od or born as a result of a particular event, such as a change of environment, painful treatment, the loss of his owner, arrival of a second dog in the home, or the interruption of a very welcome physical activity. In some cases it can also be a direct result of injuries, hormonal changes or an aging brain in older dogs.
The depressed dog may have problems sleeping, a poor appetite, complain at night for no apparent reason and show indifference to the environment that surrounds him. If our four-legged friend is depressed, we will have a dog that doesn’t eat, one who does not feel like playing, and spends most of his time licking a particular area of the body, a classic example is a dog who obsessively licks his legs.
Sad dog, what to do? How to treat depression in dogs
If we have a sad or depressed dog, it is essential to spend more time with our friend trying to stimulate them as much as possible with different activities! For example it will be helpful to walk the dog or play with him whenever we sense a desire on his part to be near us. Also, if your dog is sleeping, remember not to disturb him for platitudes, respect the sleep of your furry and don’t scold him if he is doing something wrong. If he is already a sad little dog you will only make the situation worse.
Depression in dogs may also originate with a sedentary lifestyle, especially in dog breeds that are born for a specific kjob. A classic example is the broder collie, which is a dog that has a very dynamic personality and which need active owners, but unfortunately often end up in places where they are left to fend for themselves or sentenced to spending much of their time at home. In these cases it is very easy to find yourself with a sad and depressed dogs. It ‘so important to act quickly, before the depressed dog suffers some kind of chronic depression. Once you notice the early symptoms, immediately consult your veterinarian!