If you have started to notice a change in behavior in your furry family members, it may be time to look into pet depression. Many can misconstrue a dog’s behavior as simply being an “old lazy dog” when in fact Fido may be showing signs of feeling glum. Because our pups can only communicate with us via barking, whining, or behaving in a way in which we do not like, it is hard to figure out how your dog is actually feeling. This article will identify some signs that may indicate that your beloved pet is suffering from depression.
Symptoms vary and may appear to be a normal, daily activity. Be sure to pay attention to your dog’s behavior and if you begin to notice some of these signs, it may be worthwhile to take your pet to the vet for a check-up. In fact, many pet insurance companies will cover this appointment which can be a great relief as many avoid a trip to the vet due to the unknown expense.
Here are some questions to help you in deciding if your dog should visit a professional for an evaluation.
Is your dog exhibiting moping behavior? Your dog may appear more lethargic than usual and could even walk around with his head down. Sometimes it is natural for your dog to be tired after a long walk or a day at doggie daycare. If you notice that your dog is avoiding being active or socializing with others, he may be feeling a bit blue. Like humans who may feel depressed, dogs will sleep more than usual when they are feeling down.
Is your dog still interested in eating his food? Research shows that dogs who lose interest in their food or treats could be experiencing signs of depression. It is not often that a dog will balk at his kibble or a treat from his owner. Also take note in your dog’s behavior with their paws. Is he licking his paws more than usual? Does it seem like it is now a nervous habit?
Has your furry friend become clingy to you and other family members? Does he refuse to leave the house or worse, hide when you try to take him out? Does he hide instead of socialize and snuggle with family members? These could be tell tale signs that your furry pup is depressed and may be in need of professional assistance.
While depression can be masked in what may be considered “typical” doggie behavior such as sleeping or being lazy, it is important to notice if your pup is behaving in this way on a regular basis. If so, it may be worthwhile taking him on a quick trip to the vet to get checked for doggie depression. Just like humans, it is often something that can be remedied with time and attention to the issue. You may even find that your pet insurance will cover the office visit and perhaps even medications to assist your pup in getting back to normal.