Even Dogs can get the blues. Depression in dogs is not different from the depression in peoples. According to experts, there are various reasons that dogs get into this.
Dog’s depression symptoms are very similar to the humans. Dogs will become withdrawn. Their eating & sleeping habits often change, they don’t participate in the things they one actively participate, appetite changes, sleeping all the time, excessive paw licking, avoidance & hiding are the most common signs.
Major changes in Dog’s life could lead to periods of depression you have just moved to a new place or bought a new home or having a newborn at home. But the two most common triggers of severe dog depression are the loss of a companion animal or the loss of an owner. And be careful the dog isn’t simply responding to the reactions of other people in the home.
Most dogs bounce back from depression within few days are few months with just a little extra care like keeping them engaged to do more of the things they love to do get a little more exercise will help them to get out of the blue.
Please be careful not to encourage the negative behavior by lavishing a depressed dog with attention & treats while he is moping the dog will think you are rewarding him for that behavior. Sometimes, if the dog is depressed because of the loss of the companion. Getting another pet can help.
If these don’t work, medications can help, visit your VET for proper medications. For dogs, it can take up to two months for drugs to become effective. But unlike people, who often remain on antidepressants for years, most dogs can get better in six to 12 months and then be taken off the drugs.Most cases can be successfully treated early on with behavior modification and environmental enrichment, so it doesn’t have to get to the point where we need to use drugs.
Please Note-This article has been provided for information purpose only.If your pet is showing any sign of illness, please consult a veterinarian as quickly as possible.