Depression in dogs

Every person who has ever had a dog as a pet in their life will agree with one fact that dogs are incredibly emotional creatures. They display a myriad range of emotions which are very similar to what we as humans feel. No wonder they are our most trusted and beloved companions. Just like us, they are happy, bored, active, lazy, curious, aggressive, angry and sometimes sad. Its only when being sad’ extends for a long time then it’s time to worry about the mental health of your pet.

Some of the most common causes that seem to trigger depression in dogs are –

*Losing a playmate, such as another dog seems to be the primary reason. Dogs tend to grieve the loss of a loved one the same way as we do.

*Sometimes injuries caused by an accident might induce trauma in dogs.

*Moving to a new home or something as common as a change in the weather might trigger a bout of depression in them.

Your pet dog might be suffering from depression if you notice these symptoms –

* Loss of appetite

* Stop wanting to play

* Minimal water intake

* Lethargy

* Looking bored

* Drastic weight loss

* Excessive sleep

* Whining & being clingy

Dealing with depression –

The solution to depression can be as simple as spending more time with your pet. Just like us, sometimes all our pet needs is a little bit of our time & love. A small pat on their head, a hug or a simple act such as sitting next to them while watching television works wonders for your pet. This can be done in addition with increasing the level of physical activity of your pet.

If the blues still persist, then it is time for a visit to the vet. After you & your vet have diagnosed the problem as depression, then proper medication can be administered for your pet dog.

Medication needs to be the last resort if everything else fails. Prozac is commonly used as a canine antidepressant. Another popular antidepressant known as Reconcile is used due its flavoured dosage which can be highly appealing to your pet’s taste buds. Depending on your pet’s medical history, the vet will suggest the suitable drug and its dosages. There has been a long standing debate about using drugs as a treatment for depression in dogs. Non drug/ Natural treatment are preferred most often.

Ultimately, you will have to decide what is best for your pet. You are his best friend and only companion. Times like these are when your pet will need you more and there is definitely nothing more precious other then seeing your pet happy and full of life.

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