Just like people, all dogs are different and how their depression manifests will vary from case to case. Some dogs will simply seem to be a little flat, whereas others will exhibit a wide range of symptoms and their feelings will be quite clear.
Be on the lookout for a combination of several of the following signs:
*Lack of interest in food, which can range from a mild disinterest right up to a refusal to eat
*Slightly slow reactions?
*Not as keen to go for walks
*Disinterested in play
*Sleepy and listless
*Clinging to their favourite person or toys more than normal
*Not keen to leave the home
*General flat mood
It is important to note that any of these symptoms may also be symptomatic of any one of a variety of physical ailments or illnesses, and in fact, depression itself can be symptomatic of something bigger too. So it is still important to talk to your vet and ask them to check your dog over for physical problems before reaching a diagnosis of depression yourself.
Causes of depression in dogs
Depression in dogs really mirrors that of people- or at least, what we understand of it does. There may be no underlying root cause for depression in your dog that you can pinpoint, however a variety of factors and life events can potentially lead to your dog becoming depressed and unhappy for a time.
Key triggers to look out for include:
*Loss of a family member (human or animal) can affect dogs and other animals just as much as people. Your dog may be grieving.
*Introduction of a new pet or person into the home
*Other changes to their general routine
*Empathy for an owner who is depressed or unhappy themselves
All of these potential triggers can lead to your dog becoming depressed for a time, as can anything else that in some way changes his routine or otherwise impacts in a meaningful way upon his day-to-day life.
Thank you to Pets4Homes for this snippit – www.pets4homes.co.uk