Depression In Dogs
Experts do not consider depression as a recognized illness in dogs. However, this lack of recognition does not mean that your dog may not show signs of being depressed. If your dog is showing a change in behavior such as not interacting or engaging, as usual, losing appetite, or losing interest in going for walks, this may be signs your dog is depressed. If these behaviors last more than a day or two, they can indicate that something may be wrong, and a trip to your veterinarian may be in order.
Change can be a trigger for canine depression. Changes in routine, moving house, a new family addition, or the loss of a valued family member or owner can increase your dog’s chances of showing signs of depression. Keep a close eye on your dog during and after any changes to monitor any behavioral changes. If you have any concerns about your dog’s health, be sure to take him to his veterinarian.
Anxiety In Dogs
Most dogs may experience some form of anxiety at some time in their life. The most common type of anxiety in dogs is separation anxiety. Dogs may experience separation anxiety while their owner is away (while at work during the day, for example). Stressors such as a change in routine or a new experience can also cause anxiety in dogs. As with depression, if you have any concerns with your dog’s change in behavior, talk with your veterinarian for advice.