Dog Depression: Causes and Cures

Dog Depression: Causes and Cures

George and Fritz -- two canine littermates -- spent their entire lives together. In the mornings they squabbled over the tastiest bowl bites. Sufficiently fueled, they then seemed to collaborate on clever schemes, like stealing tennis shoe laces or sneaking into forbidden places. They went on walks together, played and napped side by side.

This went on for 14 years until Fritz died. Suddenly, George no longer acted like the same dog. He slept more, withdrew from social activities and lost interest in his food.

At that point, a visit to the vet was in order. "In such cases, I always begin by looking for a physical cause," said Dr. Raymond Van Lienden, DVM, a veterinarian at The Animal Clinic of Clifton, Va. "I conduct a full examination, do the blood work, run x-rays and analyze the dog's complete health history to see what may be wrong." He added that for dogs like George, no physical malady might show up in the barrage of medical tests. "It's then that we have to look at other possible causes, including grief and depression."

Is Dog Depression Real?
Dr. Van Lienden says that no study has yet unequivocally proven that depression exists in dogs, but he is convinced animals have emotions. "When you come home, your dog may appear happy and excited to see you, and when you scold it, it may slink away with apparent guilt," he said, adding that dog's appear to suffer from physical as well as emotional pain. A recent University of Portsmouth study further found that pet owners observed emotions like pride, embarrassment, shame and even jealousy in cats, pigs, horses, rabbits, rats and hamsters, as well as dogs. Since mammals appear to experience comparable emotions, depression could be added to the list.

The challenge in diagnosing depression is that symptoms mimic those for many other health problems. These symptoms may include lethargy, weight loss, lack of interest in food, drink and social activities, and a tendency to sleep more. Medical examinations are critical to rule out health problems that may include anything from a chemical imbalance to a thyroid-related condition.

Causes for Depression
According to Dr. Van Lienden, change is usually at the root of canine depression. As for George, the change could be a sudden death, or other disappearance, of a valued dog or human companion. It might be an unwanted change of scenery, such as when the owner moves from one location to another. Or it could be an unwanted addition, like a new baby, pet, or housemate that has altered the dog's routine in some way.

Dr. Van Lienden offered these suggestions for preventing and treating depression in your dog:

  • If some kind of major change is forthcoming, try to gradually transition your dog by maintaining its usual schedule and keeping familiar toys and objects at hand/paw. Then slowly introduce your dog to the new person or place, allowing it to sniff and investigate as much as possible.
  • If another dog in your family dies, consider replacing it with a new dog, as studies suggest canines enjoy having same species companionship.
  • Once your vet rules out medical conditions as a cause for your dog's problems, say something like, "Humor me, doctor. Could my dog be depressed?" Some vets are more open to the possibility than others, so you may have to step in as your dog's mental health advocate.
  • In severe cases, consider medications that your veterinarian could prescribe, such as Prozac, which can "buy some time" to get your dog through the worst period.

The good news is that, unlike humans, dogs live more for the moment. Although grief and depression can linger for weeks or even months in canines, the feelings and related symptoms are usually temporary. "Most dogs will overcome the problems on their own," said Dr. Van Lienden. "It may just take a bit of time for them to cope and adjust."


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Posted on August 28, 2010

Hugo says: I was out of my country for a month and half, my family took care of my dog that time. However, they noticed my dog got really depressed when I left, and wouldn't eat that often. Now I'm back, but he acts differently, he isn't excited of seeing me anymore. Now he just rests all day and doesn't want to eat. Please help...

Posted on November 3, 2010

hughes says: is this site meant to be for people who have genuine worries about their dogs. If so I wouldn't bother here. I have felt genuine concern for people who have posted on this site but no one has answered. It says ask our experts . What experts where are they

Posted on August 27, 2010

Lengo says: I have new dog. He is older, about 6-7 years. He eats fine. He's a little overweight (about 6 pounds), and has absolutely no energy. He shows no signs of affection. I've taken hi to a dog park. I've taken him to many parks. I've taken him for many walks. I've done all this to try to cheer him up and he's happy when he's out, but at home all he wants to do is sleep. How long should I expect this to continue before getting worried?

Posted on August 14, 2010

Jj says: My 9 month old puppy Ginger who is a jack russel started acting sick about three days ago she wont eat nor will she drink. she was drinkin but would throw it right back up now to a point she wont eat or drink at all.She just mopes around and her whole body shakes as if shes haviing a seisuze or something. I took her to the vet today cost me a arm and leg for them to tell me in order to find out whats wrong id have to pay more and more money..im strapped for cash and me and my wife has ginger who is the last of my last dogs litter who was hit by a car.So shes all we got left of our beloved Gumdrop. The doctors gave me a sereng to force her to drink gatorade but she wont eat or anything please some one help......

Posted on July 22, 2010

samm says: me and my family went on a trip for a month and left my 3 yr old toy pomerinian at a friends house tht hve his sister and they er kind of together and wen we came bck he was acting really strange sleeping All day and crying over nothing and brking in the middle of the night just sleep out of his house and doesnt want to interact with anyone anymore and its bothering me most of all. can anyone help me figure out anything about his matter.

Posted on July 25, 2010

Kylie says: My dog harley, a Pitbull, has been acting strange lately. It started when our other pitbull, Sadie was in Heat. He stopped eating and chased her around non stop 24/7. Now that she's through her heat, he's still not eating much and he sleeps like crazy. I'm not sure what to think. He's getting old. I'm not sure how old but i've had him since i was about 12. now i'm 20 and i'm worried about him :( message me to try and help. thank you :)

Posted on May 17, 2010

June says: I have a 1 year old bichon Frise/water spaniel 11 years old and always a very happy dog. However when my husband died last Dec . and then in Feb. I fell and broke my hip therefore was gone for three weeks, also had to take him to the vet.for dental work...he is now so vey sad. I don't know what to do as I love him so very much. HELP!

Posted on June 3, 2010

sue says: All theses questions about dog depression and there aren't any answers. So please someone out there please give theses poor people some answers to theses questions.

Posted on June 3, 2010

Jenny says: Does anyone believe its possible that my dog is depressed due to a new hair cut it got? My dog had long fur, and got a VERY short trim, almost a shave and shes been doing nothing and whimpering. She has no cuts and seems healthy. Is it possible the trim caused depression?

Posted on June 27, 2010

BONNIE MOORE says: I have a akita huskie mix and suppose to be fixed. But you cant tell that she's fixed. she is spotting a little bit of blood and she looks depressed. she's not eating her food not wanting her treats or dog biscuts & not wanting to play what should i do?

Posted on July 18, 2010

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Posted on March 10, 2010

Jen says: I just recently got my puppy yesterday. she's 13 weeks old and she came from home where her mom was on premises. Since i brought her home, she very clingy to me, doesn't eat much, not playful etc. I also have a 2 yr old daughter who adores this puppy. Can you give me some advice?

Posted on April 24, 2010

Lorry says: my dog has a clogged salivary gland, is there anything i can do at home to unclog it?

Posted on May 5, 2010

Jamie says: My brother and I have lived together for many years and we each have a dog. My brother recently purchased a home and took his dog (Waylon) with him. Now, my dog Sadie is so sad. She looks out the front door and patio waiting for Waylon to come home. She still eats her food but her personality just isn't as vibrant. I am looking into getting another dog within 3-6 months. Until then, what can I do to get Sadie out of this so-called depression?

Posted on December 13, 2009

bernarda says: after 15 years my dog rocky has passed away! we are devastated! but our other dog max i think is depressed, he won't eat, all he does is lay around and sleep. he does not even bark!

Posted on January 27, 2010

lori says: She has been everything for me. She midcarried and now I don't know her. She is the total opposite of what I know of her. Can someone help?

Posted on November 1, 2009

Samantha says: Our Doberman had a litter a week ago Sunday... when the litter first came she was clingy and would not leave their side unless she had to go to the bathroom. In the last two days, shes been leaving the whelping box more frequently, and seems withdrawn from her litter. She is still nursing and cleaning, but seems to be doing it because her instincts tell her to. Whats going on!?!

Posted on October 1, 2009

Deborah says: I took my dog in for teeth cleaning, the vet found a blocked salivary gland, all was taken care of we thought. My dog hasn't been the same since doesn't want to eat, drink, play just sleep. I've tried everything I know of (HELP).

Posted on October 14, 2009

louigi says: We have a 3 year old shih-tzu who we love more than anything in the world. We are watching a friends little poodle for him for a week, and our dog acts like someone beat him! He mopes around and will hardly eat anything! We are takking him to the vet tommorrow, the poodle has really gross teeth and I'm afraid that they might have drank out of the same dish and this got my dog sick. our dog has never acted like this before! My husband is freaking out that by watching his friendss dog it has ruined our dogs life. HELP!!!!!!!!

Posted on September 15, 2009

maleah says: my dog coco has become very lazy after being sick he had the stomach virus we treated him but he just been acting like he doesnt wanna do anything but laydown please tell me whats going on

Posted on September 25, 2009

jen says: give your dog pinapple, it makes their poop smell less appealing to them

Posted on September 27, 2009

cyma says: My pet dog gave birth to 8 puppies and lost four of them to death since she wasn't having sufficient milk. We had to give the puppies to a friend who has a lactating dog for saving their lives. My pet has been very silent since then. Is she going to overcome this? What remedial measure would cheer her up?

Posted on September 28, 2009

Suzanne says: Our family adopted a rat terrier mix 3 days ago. She came from a well adjusted home. She had just finished weaning 3 puppies leaving the puppies at the home where we got her. We took her home in the car. Since we got her to our home, she goes to the car and jumps and jumps. She cries, whines, and barks most of the night as well as most of the day. She enjoys time outdoors, so we have been alternating between outdoors and indoors. However, we bring her in and within 5 mins she is at the door wanting to go out again. Our family life has been totally turned upside down since this dog arrived. We have kept all her former things the same, such as sleeping location, food, toys, etc from her prior home. Is this dog suffering from seperation from her puppies? What is wrong with her. We have adopted other dogs before and this is by far the worst dog we have ever taken into our home. Not sure where to go from here. We need some sleep!

Posted on September 8, 2009

BARBARA says: I GOT A 3LB DOG 4YEARS OLD SHE HAD 2 LITTER OF PUPPYS FROM A PUPPY MILL I HAVE HER NOW SHE IS A SWEETHEART BUT SHE SLEEPS ALL THE TIME AND NEVER GETS OUT OF THE WINDOW ,IF SHE GETS UP AND SEE ME SHE RUNS BACK IN HER WINDOW I LOVE HER BUT HELP ME TO HELP SIDNEY TO BE A HAPPY DOG PLEASE

Posted on July 16, 2009

Penny O'Donnell says: We have a 9 year old westie. He has always been a playful and happy dog. About a month ago he seemed to hurt his leg when he jumped off the bed. Then he stopped jumping at all and is really depressed. He has stopped barking and sleeps all the time. We took him to the vet. They took blood and xrays and said he is ok. We are worried because he is just not the same dog. Could a slight sprain in his leg and the fear of getting hurt again cause this change in behavior? Is there anything we can do? We feel helpless.

Posted on August 17, 2009

sue says: i will be going away for a few weeks, and i am pretty sure my dog will get depressed. if he does, will the depression go away when he sees i have returned?

Posted on June 8, 2009

Clair says: I have had Foxy for about 3 yrs now. She is a jack russel/chihuahua mix. She is my best friend and my companion. During those 3 yrs it has been just her and I. In Feb. 09, I found out I was pregnant with my first child. The pregnancy was unexpected but never the less we were all excited. That excitement ended last Tuesday, June 2, 2009. I unexpectedly miscarried at 15 wks. We were all devastated including Foxy. The wierd thing about it is that she started showing signs of depression a week before I actually miscarried. I know it sounds crazy but I think that Foxy somehow sensed that the baby was not well or was not going to be well. It hasn't been a week since I had my miscarriage but now Foxy appears to be even more depressed. Is there anyone out there who has experienced a situation like mine and if so can you help or post a comment that can help me understand. I miss my Foxy being the crazy little hyper dog. All she does now is sleep and has no motivation. It is hard enough to deal with the loss of my child but everytime I see Foxy, I feel even more sad. Thank you, Broken Hearted.

Posted on June 8, 2009

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Posted on June 4, 2009

Nikkis daddy says: If your dog starts peeing in the house, get him checked out by your vet! My Nikki (who just passed 2 days ago) became diabetic when she was 12. The first signs were drinking more, peeing more and some accidents in the house. The first thing everyone should do is get your dog checked out by your vet. All problems/behaviors should be first medically evaluated to make sure it usn't a medical problem. THEN start thinking/treating the depression.

Posted on May 18, 2009

Tallan says: I had an 8 year old female American bulldog she seemed to be totally healthy left home one day when I came back she was laying there dead she was an inside dog i have no idea what happened to her & was in such greif didn't think to get an autoppsee,I want to know what happened to her but we don't want to have to exume her body,what makes a dog just up & die she seemed so haelthy.Does ne one have a clue?

Posted on May 18, 2009

Tallan says: Recently we lost our 1rst dog an American Bulldog named Dayz she was 8,we have 2 other dogs a 6year old Boxer & a 2 year old Jack Russel,we r all dealing with a terrible loss but I would like some help on how to help my dogs cope with this can anyone help this is so hard!

Posted on May 12, 2009

Tallan Clark says: Friday my 1rst dog of 9 years died my other two dogs are totally down,Bruno is a boxer 5years old & lily is a Jack Russel 3 yrs,Dayz was a 8 yr old American bulldog we got Bruno 1 year after Dayz so he is taking it hard but Lily whom we got 2 yes ago was there with Dayz when she died,I would like some advice on how to help my dogs cope with this!

Posted on April 28, 2009

alexa says: ok so i had 2 dogs they were sisters but 2 months ago one of them ran outside and got run over and died after my other dog wouldnt play or eat shed just sleep all day then a couple of weeks ago we brought home a mate for her she didnt like him at all and she fought with him alot but just 2 days ago his owner came to pick him up she saw when they took him and after he left she layed down on the couch and just got sad now shes all depressed but the thing is that she will eat but not drink that much she also isnt as playful as before do you think shes depressed about her sister or about the other dog leaving?

Posted on March 11, 2009

Martha Trepanier says: we adopted Rat terrier female a dog 12 days ago.All she wants to do is lay down on the cauch and sleep.She eats good and she like her treats.But she don't bark,or lick my hand or make any noise.She don't want nothing to do with my other dog.She don't walk around the house during the day during the day but at nite she do her walking ,drink water,and her busines.She had puppy's 3 months ago i wonder if that have something to do ,like a post partum depression .I don't know what to do .She don't have any emotions what so ever.Please help me.

Posted on April 15, 2009

denise says: is it possible that my male dog can go into a depressed mood because my female dog got pregnant off another dog. He has stopped eating and i took him to the vet and everything came back normal. please help??

Posted on April 20, 2009

Nadia says: There are plenty of natural remedies out there. I do take my dog to my vet for check ups and vaccines, but i use natural flea, tick and heartworm treatments. There is an online herb company called Mountain Rose Herbs which sells remedies to improve mood. I personally have not tried those particular products, but I am confident that they are safe and worth a try. There are many other resources as well, but Mt. Rose is a good starting point. Still, if you have not already, go see your vet first to rule out any physical conditions.

Posted on February 26, 2009

Brian says: I have two dogs and one of them ran away jumping over a 6.5 foot fence. My other dog seems to be getting depressed and is not eating like he used to. What should I do?

Posted on March 7, 2009

Marina says: I see all these comments from people with questions about their dogs which seem to have depression, but no answers. I'm sure my dog is depressed, as she has lost her bling!!!! She has not been the same dog since last summer when we went away one weekend & left her at home with our daughter. Our daughter went out for a couple of hours & left the dog in the yard. the gate blew open, she got out, was lost for a few hours, was run over (but not hurt). Had her checked at a vet, everything was alright. She is still very slow moving & is not the same dog. She does not greet us at the door anymore & will stay in bed all day, if I didn't get her up & out for a pee, etc.

Posted on February 22, 2009

jewell says: I have a puppy he is going on three weeks. His mom stopped feeding him as she was in a really bad fight. He cries alot and i dont know why and he has been giving a little trouble to eat. Ive only had him 3-4 days would this go away?

Posted on November 14, 2008

Sharrall says: My dog has always been good dog, he has never peed in the house even when he was puppy, all of sudden hes peeing in the house and not obeying commands, is this a form of dog depression?

Posted on November 14, 2008

justine says: I had 2 puppies they one just past away a few days ago of parvo and my other puppie is 9 months old and pregnant and i think she might be depressed form losing him she is not eating much but is still drinking. I dont no if she is coming down with parvo or if she is just unhappy she keep trying to get close to him the last day before his death.

Posted on November 14, 2008

justine says: I had 2 puppies they one just past away a few days ago of parvo and my other puppie is 9 months old and pregnant and i think she might be depressed form losing him she is not eating much but is still drinking. I dont no if she is coming down with parvo or if she is just unhappy she keep trying to get close to him the last day before his death.

Posted on November 7, 2008

Emma says: I have a six month old female puppy named Roxy who is just becoming withdrawn and looking really sad, she mopes around the house and doesnt want to play with our other four month old puppy that we have. She was fine until last Friday and then suddenly she was feeling sad and looking depressed. We had her since July and she use to be a happy playful little puppy a little sensitive when we told her off but she use to have more life in her. She was battling an ear infection a while back and also had her first heat two weeks ago and was on the pill last week but that has finished now. She is ok on walks and when she greets us when we come home but then afterwards she goes all depressed again. DOes anyone know what could be wrong with her. Thanks.

Posted on September 22, 2008

aisha says: recently i have been away from my house for about a week, and my mom who is looking after my 3 year old lab, informed me that he has barely ate anything and wont hardly come out of his kennel... is there anything i can possibly do to help?

Posted on October 9, 2008

Liz says: I've had my blue heeler Dutch since I was 4, and then for my 7th birthday I got my yellow lab Scooter. They always spent all day and night together. Scooter died a week and a half ago and Dutch just hasn't been the same. I've been trying to be nicer to Dutch and spend more time with him but I don't know what to do, any suggestions?

Posted on October 23, 2008

Lori says: We adopted a whippet mix about three months ago and the past few weeks she has been upstairs sleeping all day if I would let her. I am home almost all day and she will come down for a minute and then run back upstairs and sleep all day. Can dogs be depressed? She is fine when my husband comes home and does not try to go upstairs and sleep when he is home.

Posted on September 13, 2008

izaak says: would you say my 3-month old chihuahua is depressed. ever since her brother passed away she's been very mopey and not playful with my other dogs. what would you reccommend to me?

Posted on July 29, 2008

Tom Hritz says: We rescued a 3-yo male chihuahua from the local shelter and brought him into our home to be loved and nurtured. He sits in our laps and lies on the couch. He does not eat and he sighs and lets out a whimper when he lies down for the first time after moving. He was just neutered two days ago, before we brought him home. Any suggestions as to why he is so depressed? And, what do you recommend we do for him?

Posted on July 3, 2008

nancy says: My 2-yr old female dog may be a type of dog that would get depressing easily, so I gave another (female) dog I thought she would give her a company. She was happy and played with her a lot, but right now, she suddenly gets so depressing. Is that due to thunderstorms effecting to her?? Or jealousy from the new dog?

Posted on June 29, 2008

Virginia Parham says: I have a 9 year old shih tzu who I believe is suffering from depression. I recently had my house redecorated and workmen have been in and out for about a month. Also, furniture, including his, has been rearranged with new furniture added. He has almost shut down, not interested in food, or walking. Also, has the inverted sneezing, which I believe is caused from anxiety. I am taking him to my Vet. to rule out any physical problems. However, I do believe he is very dreprssed.

Posted on June 13, 2008

Yasmin says: I have a puppy and I don't kno what's wrong with her. I've done some research and depression may be one of the causes. She isn't playful anymore, eats very little, and sleeps alot. She doesn't seem to do much anymore. The only time I see her happy, for a brief moment, is when my boyfriend comes over. She really seems to like him. There is something that worries me, once in a while at night she throws up her food. What should I do?

Posted on June 26, 2008

karen says: I have two female dogs that grew up together, and about 1 mth ago, they got into this terrible fight, since then we have had to keep them apart. Now one of the dogs seems very depressed, what should I do.

Posted on May 27, 2008

A. STORY says: my husband & i have a miniature poodle for 7 or 8 yrs now. and about 4 months ago we took home a 2 months old puppy we found ina parking lot...now my poodle doesn't want to eat his dog food, he won't play with me or his toys. he just sleeps alot and hides himself in my bedroom closet. he only eats his treats but not the dog food. can you suggest something i can do. i really love my poodle.! thanks...

Posted on March 29, 2008

lavender says: I don't know what to do anymore when I lost my husband my dog changed but she had our cat for company the cat died last year now she just lays around no life left in her. Her best friend is my daughter but she drinks and cryes that makes my dog even more sad. I just don't know what to do for her someone help because I fear she will die if she stays in this state of depression she is only ten

Posted on March 23, 2008

Jodi Sanchez says: Please send information to me on this issue. My older Dog had started to show signs of Depression, and is not eating his dog food. He has started to shut himself down. We have kept the same rutine, but did add a puppy. The only thing we changed was the NO Bite rule. And need information on training how to share.

Posted on January 16, 2008

ana says: When we first adopted our puppy, he was very cute and playful for a few days then he was just "sad" and i think that the problem is that he was used to being with him brothers and sisters. If your dog has all of his shots you may want to take him to a dog park so he gets to be with other dogs. Dont give up on him he will come arround.

Posted on January 15, 2008

Phyllis Weeks says: My 12.5 year old male yellow lab just lost his 15.5 year old mate. He does'nt want to eat and lays around looking very sad. He has bad hind legs so exercise is not an option. The dog I lost was on Anipryl and I have some left so I've given him 3 doses hoping it might make him feel happier. Will this medication hurt him and could it help him. Are there any natural remedies that I could give him to perk him up? Thank you

Posted on December 28, 2007

Tracy says: I adopted a dog last week. When I frist brought her home she was fine. She was walking around,she intreact with the family, and she even ran around outside in the back yard. Bit the next day she changed. She just lays on the couch and does nothing. She stopped eating,walking around, and interacting with the family.I toke her to the VET. and they said that she is fine. I'm worried about her because she stopped eating and I don't know what to do. I talk to her and rub her and show much love but it's not making any improvement. I need some advice from someone.....

Posted on December 13, 2007

ed says: my one huskie does seems to be depressed . she goes from one spot to the other and makes noises such as a sigh . both of my dogs are females and I think that this one wishes for a mate. she is the second dog our first one is more playful and can be alpha female but when they play the second one seems to get the better of her but they do for the most part seemt to get along . they are 3 yrs old

Posted on October 29, 2007

sharon says: my ex husband suddenly died in July-my dog LOVED his "daddy"-and went between houses frequently-he has been really overly clingy since-having to see/be touching me since Gary died-does he know his daddys dead or what?i think so....

Posted on October 8, 2007

J says: They sell a tasteless, odorless powder called "Forbid" at veterinary clinics, and possibly something similar at Petsmart. If your dog is eating her own, mix it with her food. If she is eating the other dogs', mix it with their food. You have to do this daily for about a week, and then 3x/ week, gradually decreasing until the habit is broken.

Posted on October 7, 2007

George says: My dog Samantha gets plenty to eat and is a little over weight. We also have 2 other dogs named Coon who is female, and Jake, male. What can I do to Stop Samantha from eating feces.I've tried everything to get her to stop outside of standing there and picking it up right away. But what do I do when I'm not home? Does anybody have a sure way of breaking this habit of hers. Her breath is horrible, and the other dogs don't do what she does.

Posted on September 29, 2007

ROSE 9/29/07 says: I AGREE WEIGHT IS A PROBLEM FOR DOGS AND BEANE LOVES TO PLAY TAG SO I WALK AND PLAY WITH HIM.

Posted on October 6, 2007

Crise Billwalk says: i saw a lot of comments regarding overweight dogs and depression. When do most dogs get depression? What's the normal weight for a Chihuahua? Thirteen, ten, or fourteen pounds?

Posted on September 23, 2007

Lasha says: I agree exercise is the best medicine. Prozac will increase weight gain.

Posted on September 19, 2007

Sam says: My dog is just plain fat. They don't even make collars that will fit him. Will Prozac keep him from eating?

Posted on September 19, 2007

Dog Lover says: Instead of asking to put your dog on drugs for his eating you should take your dog for a walk so he won't be "just plain fat."

Posted on April 17, 2011

Roger says: We had twin Labs, 8 months old, a few days ago, for the first time, the female escaped our fenced half acre and was hit by a car. The other went into a deep depresion and would not eat or have anything to do with anything touched by his sister. He refuses eat out of the bowls they shared or sleep on their bed. He just wanted to lay around. I thoroughly washed the bowls to no avail. I even replaced the bowl but no change. If I would hand feed him kibble outside of the bowl he would ate small portions but then turn away. Today I knew he had to eat something so I broke my rule and gave him some human food. First a few slices of cheese in hopes of giving him some calcium and protein and then I though about trying some gray on his kibble. It worked and he finally ate 99% of the bowl full. I have spent more time with him outside and inside to try to compensate for his companion loss. The neighborhood children have come everyday to play with him which seems to pick up his spirits for awhile but when they leave he goes back into a lethargic mood. I hope within a few days he will spring back to his normal self.

Posted on September 3, 2011

Marlene Conway. says: My dog 7 years old chiaupom is depressed after the lost of his mate, my beloved lab. I need to know what kind dog will be compatible with him now.

Posted on March 9, 2012

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Posted on April 1, 2012

Jessica says: My 4 yr old female puggle has recently had two episodes whenwe have arrived home where she seems really scared and is shaking and doesn't want to leave our sight for an hour or so. Is something wrong?

Posted on May 22, 2012

Beverly says: my dog had puppies and i sold them now we only have one and she seems so depressed and i want to cry when i see her laying there what can i do

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