Sad Dogs:  Signs of Dog Depression

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Is My Dog Depressed?

We all know that humans have a tendency to suffer from depression. However, far fewer of us are aware that our beloved fur buddies can also suffer from depression from time to time. If you’re concerned about your dog, consider a few tell-tale signs that they tend to exhibit when they aren’t feeling quite like themselves.

To begin with, take stock of your dog’s current situation. Have you moved recently? Has a child or individual gone away after being a close member of your family? If so, your dog could be at risk for depression. Changes affect our animals just as much as they affect us, and it’s important to be mindful of these changes and make them as easy as possible on our animals.

Once you’ve identified any changes in your life, the next step is to consider what symptoms your dog is showing you that may lead back to depression. These symptoms include a loss of appetite, constipation, dehydration, lack of energy, and self-isolation. Let’s look at each of these symptoms a bit closer.

Appetite Loss

If your once super hungry dog has turned into a picky eater all of a sudden, it could mean he or she is depressed. Just like humans, dogs lose their interest in things that they once enjoyed when they are depressed.


On the flipside of the previous symptom, your dog may turn to food as a coping mechanism.  You will probably notice a significant weight gain in your dog, as a result.


In combination with a lack of appetite, constipation could mean your pup is sick, but if there are no other physical symptoms, your best friend could be hurting emotionally.


If your pet is not drinking enough water they may be depressed. Don’t be afraid to take your dog to the vet if dehydration continues.

Lack of Energy / Inactivity

This is especially true of younger dogs and those who are typically very energetic.  Your dog may just want to sit in one spot, all day.  It may be difficult to even persuade your dog to go outside to potty.  This can lead to peeing and pooping indoors.

Excessive Sleeping

Many dogs sleep during the day, when their owners aren’t at home.  This is normal behavior.  However, if your dog continues to sleep, when you’re home, this may be a sign of dog depression.


If your dog hides from you or other animals the majority of the time, then he or she may not feel well.

The good news is that if your pet is suffering from depression, there are some natural remedies to help reverse their condition. Speak with your holistic veterinary professionals before even considering conventional medicines to manage the symptoms of dog depression.   Antidepressants should be a very last resort.  They can cause major changes in a dog’s brain chemistry and prolonged use can lead to dependency.  Keep your pet healthy by exercising them (extra long walks, playing fetch, etc.).  If the depression is from losing a beloved friend, try giving additional socialization by taking her out-and-about and to the dog park.  Showing compassion and giving lots of TLC can go a long way in helping to bring your pup back to her usual mental state.

Need help with keeping your dog upbeat?  Let us come give her additional love, attention, fresh air and exercise.  Dog’s aren’t meant to sit around and be lazy,all day.

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  1. My dog (10yrs old) acted like she was the mother of my roommates dog(3yrs old)they lived with us for 14mths. The dog had to go back to where he came from on Jan 13/19. And my girl was moping around for a week, I think she’s depressed, now she has problems with her ears,which are being looked after. But tonight(Jan 21) all of a sudden she peed on my bed and she’s never done this kind of thing before.

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