Yes, even dogs can become depressed. It is not uncommon to see a dog start acting differently when certain things happen. For example if someone who cares for them goes away, you may find your dog sitting at the door at the time the person always comes home staring at the door. When the person returns the dog is likely to return to normal behavior.
Symptoms of Dog Depression
Your dog may seem mopey. S/he may be lethargic or slow moving. They may stop eating and may not drink enough water. The symptoms for dog Depression are strikingly similar to those seen in humans. Depression in dogs could be very dangerous especially if they stop eating or drinking enough water.
Causes of Dog Depression
Grief may be a trigger for pet Depression. If they have had a playmate for sometime and the other dog dies, your dog may try to act as if the other pet is there. They may be sad and mope around.
A change of environment where a dog is moved to a new home or put in a kennel may also cause your dog to feel depressed and stop eating or drinking. Returning home or getting used to the new home will likely see your dog's Depression start to lift.
Chemical imbalances typically in the brain may be to blame as well. Like humans there are chemicals in the brain that help to control mood. Treatment can be very effective for your dog.
Weather changes have long been known to influence Depression in animals. Have you heard that animals can always tell the weather? They know its going to storm before humans do.
Treatments for Dog Depression
Medication is often used including Prozac for dogs. Your vet might recommend that your dog be given canine anti-depressant. This is often an effective treatment for dogs.
Try to increase the level of your dog's activity. Take them to a new place for their walk.
Exercise helps torelease certain brain chemicals to make your pet feel better.
If your pet has lost a playmate you could try to expose him to other dogs. You could also try Doggy Day Care. If you are read y consider purchasing another dog. This could help give some relief to your pet's depression
Dogs can experience Depression as can humans. There are medications for pets as well as other non-medical options. Your vet can help you decide which avenue of treatments for Dog depression might be appropriate for your pet.