In a previous article, we established with the help of several university studies that dogs are able to develop complex emotions, including anger, jealousy, and depression. There is still a lack of scientific research on the matter, but we have managed to assemble some of the signs your dog might be showing when they are feeling depressed and acting less like themselves. As a dog owner, you may notice symptoms of depression in your dog. However, without professional training to aid in the diagnosis, you might be able to diagnose your dog yourself. Dogs get really sad when they feel down. When they're depressed, their behavior changes, and they lose their appetite, and their excitement fades away. It's a visible signal that their health is deteriorating.
In a previous article, we established with the help of several university studies that dogs are able to develop complex emotions, including anger, jealousy, and depression. However, despite the lack of scientific research into the matter, we have been able to gather the symptoms your dog might be showing when they are feeling depressed and acting less like themselves. When dogs feel sad, their lively behavior disappears, their appetite becomes poor, and their energy simply stops.
Your dog might seem a little distant, withdrawn, and lethargic. If your dog is acting like this, please see a veterinarian right away. Sometimes dogs lose their spark and have lost interest in their previous favorite activities.
Activities your dog is usually excited to do, might not seem as fun to it as it was before. It might no longer want to go for walks or seem excitedly waiting for you to get home.
When you're not around, sleeping is the most common thing that your Husky does, but sleeping for unusually long periods even when you are present isn't quite normal. It might be time to take a look at what's going on, if all your dog seems to be doing is sleeping.
When a dog begins to act lethargic, it could be a symptom of depression. They may appear to be motionless, refusing to get out of their bed or their comfortable spot. If the condition persists, they may become completely inactive.
A dog's tail reflects its mood. If your pet is experiencing depression, you might find that its tail isn't as lively as it usually is. Look for your dog if you find its tail to be pointing down in a limp.
While some dogs are picky about what they eat, others may eat way too much. If your dog is showing signs of overweight, you might want to consider that he or she is depressed. If you notice a change in appetite, you might want to consult your veterinarian or behavior specialist.
Even though some dogs sleep more while others sleep less, changes in sleep patterns should alert you that something is not right with your dog.
Your dog may become depressed if it starts to avoid going outside, or if it starts to bark to tell you that it needs to pee. If your dog has been trained well, and you start to find it urinating indoors, it's probably depressed.
Depression can be caused by many factors. These can include a chemical imbalance, poor nutrition or too much exercise, and it can also be a side effect of certain medications. Other factors can make your dog depressed, such as:
If you adopt a dog, it's possible that it's already been abused by its previous companions. If your dog shows signs of distrust, aggression, this means it was not raised in a safe, loving environment and could be suffering from a psychological problem.
If none of the other factors listed seem to apply to your dog's condition, it might just be suffering from a chemical imbalance. If this problem continues to go on, your dog might need to take antidepressant medications prescribed by a veterinarian.
The loss of a loved one or the owner itself may cause a dog to become depressed. Dogs form strong emotional bonds with those around them, and their relationships with humans and other animals are even closer. If their significant person or animal is taken away from them, it's likely that they may become depressed.
One thing that's especially heartbreaking is that it can also greatly damage your dog. Losing your loved ones is already a difficult task, and losing another being is a whole other level of responsibility one might neglect without noticing.
If you move to a new home or adopt it, it might feel a little depressed due to the change. Change in the amount of time you spend with them can also cause them to feel a little depressed.
If your dog stays home all seven days of the week, with no other companion, it will lead to its depression. Dogs are social beings just like us, and they need time, attention, and love. It's important to establish a schedule with enough time in it before you adopt a dog.
Seasonal and Weather Changes:
Based on PDSA (People's Dispensary for Sick Animals), seasonal changes can have a significant impact on a dog's mood. During the summer, your dog gets to enjoy more time outside in the sun. In contrast to winter months, when they stay inside most of the time. The weather can greatly affect a dog's mood. Some dogs are scared of stormy weathers, so they can become depressed. Since dogs are extremely sensitive to the pressure changes caused by a storm, many of them can sense an approaching one, and therefore become depressed.
Treating depression in humans can be a daunting task. It requires patience, time, and a lot of compassion. Giving your dog a treat every now and then might motivate them to have a happier outlook on life. Socialization is also a major key to getting your dog out of its bubble it seems to have locked itself up in. Seeing other energetic dogs and pets and playing with them will awaken its love for games and runs and walks.