Our dogs can be a lot like children. They demand attention, eat way more than you ever imagined, play constantly until they can’t play anymore and have deep feelings that are difficult to interpret. So how can you really tell if your dog is depressed? Here are some common symptoms of doggy depression:
- Excessive Sleep
- Weight Loss
- Loss Of Appetite
- Change in Personality
- Sad or depressed look in their eye
If your dog acts this way very rarely, not to worry, they’re probably just moody but if your dog has been feeling this way for months or even YEARS, get some help! Here’s what to do:
- Hang out with your dog more often. Set aside time to play. Dogs love bonding exercises. Pick up a ball, go on a walk and give your dog some attention.
- Take your dog to the dog park. It’s important our dogs have positive interactions with other animals.
- If you work constantly, hire a dog sitter during the day. Your dog needs the attention to live a fulfilling life.
- If your dog is mourning the loss of a doggy friend, what are you waiting for? Get another dog!
- Give your dog lots of love. For example, kisses, cuddles, snuggles, pets and hugs. We all need love, even dogs.
If your dog doesn’t respond positively to any of these changes, it’s time to call the Vet. They’ll know what to do.