Is Your Dog Sad? How To Recognize And Help

Is your dog suddenly behaving differently than usual? Does it seem sad for some reason? Then it is important to carefully observe its signals – after all, there may be a disease behind them. Or depression.

Because dogs can get depressed, just like humans. Several factors point to this: among other things, dogs have the same neurochemicals as us, and also release stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol.

According to Country Living magazine, possible triggers for depression in dogs are, for example, the arrival of a new spouse or child, a move, the death of another pet, or empathy for a depressed owner.

Depression in dogs can manifest itself in the same way as in humans, for example, some four-legged friends are withdrawn and become less sociable. Maybe your dog is “just” sad – or there is something more serious behind it.

How to Tell if Your Dog is Sad or Depressed

Your dog…

  • … less active
  • … is not interested in activities that he really enjoys
  • … hides and doesn’t want to go out for a walk anymore
  • … changes his eating habits, eats little or nothing
  • … spends more time sleeping
  • … howls and howls for no apparent reason
  • … licks itself excessively, especially paws
  • … pricks the ears
  • … interacts less with other dogs
  • … the “unlearned” parts of his upbringing, for example, are no longer home-trained
  • … behaves aggressively towards other dogs or suddenly destroys something.

If you notice this behavior in your four-legged friend, you should make an appointment with him to see the veterinarian. Because maybe your dog isn’t just sad – behavioral changes can also indicate the onset of an illness.

To rule out this, it is very important to visit your veterinarian.

Is Your Dog Sad? Here’s How You Cheer It Up

Fortunately, there are several things you can do to improve the mood of your four-legged friend. The first step might be to give it more attention. Equally important: outdoor activities. Exercise in the fresh air is a real stimulus for a good mood – for both dogs and people. On the other hand, if your dog lacks problems and is bored, it can quickly turn into sadness.

Experts also recommend establishing and maintaining a daily routine with your dog. The familiar texture helps the fur nose recover from periods of grief.

For example, set the daily round for a specific time, or serve your four-legged friend as often as possible at a constant time. Keeping a daily routine is especially important if your dog is sad about a major change – for example, a child is leaving for school or his friend is dead.

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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