Discover 5 Signs of Depression in Dogs

Discover 5 Signs of Depression in Dogs

Just like humans, emotional dogs can be depressed, and according to scientific research, 15 out of 100 dogs will be depressed, a shockingly high percentage.

Today we're sharing a few of the more obvious characteristics of a depressed dog πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡

1️⃣ Behavioral and Emotional Changes
Observe the wayΒ they behaves. For example, a sudden lack of interest in things they usually enjoy. Or things that you would normally get excited about hearing, you don't have a big reaction to hearing them now.

2️⃣ Changes in Appetite
A depressed dog may also reduce or stop eating, or he may eat more than he used to, so it's best to keep an eye out for any more sudden or extreme changes in his appetite.

3️⃣Paw Licking
There are some psychological reasons why dogs lick their paws too often, but also sometimes it can be because they are suffering from a bacterial infection, eczema, dry skin or joint pain.

4️⃣ Sleeping a lot
Adult dogs average about 12-14 hours of sleep per day, and puppies can sleep up to 20 hours. If you notice that your adult dog is starting to sleep a lot, chances are that he or she is not in a good mood.

The dog starts to hide and doesn't come to cling to you much in general because dogs are pack animals and if he starts to stay alone, there could also be some some problems.

πŸ”² If you notice some emotional changes in your own dog, remember to care for them in time!

πŸ”œ Here are some daily tips on easing your dog's depression:

β–ͺ️ Give your dog more attention
The first way to help a sad puppy is to give him more attention so he can process his feelings at his own pace.

β–ͺ️ Walk your dog regularly
As with people, getting some fresh air to relax and refresh yourself can also improve your mood, and walking your dog regularly is a great way to ease your mind and body

β–ͺ️ Keep a regular routine
You can set up little activities like regular snacks, regular games to play with him, regular outings, so they know what to expect at certain times of the day and keep the anticipation going

β–ͺ️ Socialize
As mentioned earlier, dogs are natural pack animals and they are in much better shape when they are interacting with other dogs or people. So, if your dog is depressed, it may need some socialization to get active again.