Overview of Depression in Dogs

Amazingly depression in dogs is quite similar to that in humans, with the causes being very similar. The reason for the depression can be for various reasons, in fact, it can reach a point where not even the dog knows what is wrong. To evaluate depression in your dog there are four potential triggers to look for.

Change

Change can affect dogs in a negative way. This could range from a change in their environment, a loved one passing either human or animal, moving to another home or even something as simple as the weather or the season. Thunderstorms that are ongoing for awhile have been known to cause depression in dogs. Changes in the atmospheric weather, hurricanes or tornadoes have also been known to cause depression. This is where the owner must intervene and try to pinpoint just what changes are bothering their dog.

Being ignored

You are your dog’s life and if he is ignored it can be devastating for him and this can lead to depression. To help keep your dog happy he needs your attention on a daily bases. Your dog needs to be included in family activities, they love to run and play and be included with everything that’s going on around them. If a dog doesn’t receive enough attention, depression will soon follow.

Medical reasons

Dogs hide pain and sickness quite well, it is there nature to do so but we have to keep this in mind if they become depressed. Your dog could be suffering from some type of illness and you have to find out just what is bothering him. The best way to do this is by taking your dog to the vet for a checkup. Any change in your dog’s behavior can be due to a medical problem and a veterinarian can find out if there is an underlying medical problem that you are not aware of.

Clinical depression

Just like humans, dogs can suffer from clinical depression. This is not very common in dogs but it can happen. When this happens to your dog there is not much you can do to help him. This can be a very serious condition and you should seek medical help for your pet. It won’t hurt to try and alleviate some of his depression by doing things that you know he loves doing but don’t be surprised or disappointed if he doesn’t respond as he did before he became depressed.

The only answer to this problem in dogs is take them to the vet to ensure there are no underlying problems that could be causing him to be this way, ask if there is any medication that might help him. Spend as much time as you can with him and give him all the love and attention he needs, just like humans dogs need support when they are going through this. Be informed about depression in dogs and you’re on your way to helping your best friend.