More And More Dogs Are Suffering From Depression
According to new research, more than one in four pet dogs suffer from depression, and as if the news were not bad enough, it seems that the reason behind canine sadness is loneliness. The study claims that more than 2.3 million pooches are left alone for more than five hours every day, which is at least one hour more than the advised four-hour limit.
To make matters worse, almost half a million dogs are never taken outside for walks and runs, which not only makes them feel depressed but also increases their chances of suffering from mental health issues. Again, veterinarians and dog experts say that daily walks and interaction with other dogs are crucial for good mental and physical health in canines. This negative living pattern leads to dogs becoming destructive, anxious and frustrated, among other things.
Here are some of the most common signs that your dog is feeling sad or depressed:
- Like humans, some dogs become completely uninterested in food and often lose weight. On the other hand, there are also humans and dogs that find comfort in food and can’t seem to stop eating when they are feeling down, which leads to weight gain. Whatever the case, if you notice a change in your pooch’s eating habits, it would be a good idea to spend more quality time with them.
- Dog owners know that pooches love nothing more than to sleep. And they really sleep a lot, that’s nothing new. However, the problem arises when they spend most of the day lying around the house and sleeping. You should start to worry if your dog continues napping after you get home and/or they have no desire whatsoever to play with you.
- Another thing that dogs really love is playtime. If your pup doesn’t want to play, partake in their favorite activities or even go out for walks, they could be suffering from depression. As a general rule, most depressed dogs lose interest in the things they used to love.
- Dogs that lick or chew their paws more often than normal might be doing that to comfort themselves. If you notice this type of behavior, make sure to dedicate more time and attention to your pup.
- Dogs that don’t enjoy the company of their humans anymore and want to be alone all day long are most likely dealing with emotional troubles.
Of course, before you assume that your dog is depressed, it would be best to talk to your vet and see if your pooch is physically healthy. If that’s the case, chances are that your dog is depressed, which also means you should consult your vet and pay special attention to your pooch and their needs.