Is Your Dog Depressed?

“A dog doesn’t care if you’re rich or poor, educated or illiterate, clever or dull. Give him your heart and he will give you his.”
But what happens when your favourite four legged shows a lull in his behaviour, when his tail stops wagging at the sight of you, when he becomes unnaturally quiet, refuses to eat or play and appears listless and lost.

Your vet might say he is physically sound but these are signs that your usually delightful canine is depressed. Most of us don’t know that animals are capable of going into depression.

Dr. Hitesh Swali, a well known vet from Mumbai quotes to ‘savvy’, “yes, dogs too can be depressed just like human beings. There are many things that can trigger depression in dogs-disappearance of a close human friend, boredom, moving to a new place, being ignored by his owner and getting physically abused.”

You know your dog is depressed when he:

  • Is listless.
  • Has a sudden weight loss.
  • Is losing appetite and is constipated.
  • Remains aloof and isolated.
  • Shows sudden aggression towards people.
  • Is excessively sleepy.
  • Has atypical shedding.
  • Drinks only minimal amount of water.

How to Help:

  1. First of all make sure that your dog is not chemically imbalanced. Your vet will be able to tell you that.
  2. Since he can’t talk, he can’t tell you what’s “eating him” but all pets, especially dogs, crave and need to be loved in abundance. Spend time playing chase and ball with him. Show him extra love and care. Take him out for long walks.
  3. If you’re on a vacation or are completely swamped with work, hire a walker or a play mate. Enrol him in a doggy day-care.
  4. Get another cheerful canine to spend time with him. If possible, consider getting another dog.




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