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Alleviating Anxiety & Depression in Dogs

Alleviating Anxiety & Depression in Dogs

Just like how humans can get depressed and anxious dogs can also experience anxiety and depression from time to time. If you think your dog has anxiety or depression, read these tips below from our Woburn vets.

Dog Anxiety & Dog Depression

Is your dog displaying signs that lead you to believe they may be anxious or depressed? If your dog is exhibiting three or more of the following signs, a trip to your vet can help to pinpoint whether your pup's symptoms are caused by depression, anxiety, or something else:

Common Signs of Dog Depression

  • Growling, howling or aggression
  • Sleeping too much
  • Decreased appetite
  • Not sleeping
  • Disinterest in playing with people or toys
  • "Sad" expression
  • Lack of energy
  • Avoiding you or hiding

Common Signs of Dog Anxiety

  • Spontaneous bowel movement or urination
  • Panting for no reason
  • Pacing aimlessly
  • Whimpering, trembling, or whining
  • Destructive chewing or destroying furniture
  • Obsessive paw licking

Causes of Depression in Dogs

Our pets crave routine, which means that any major life changes or distressing events can have a huge impact on their emotional state. Emotional events such as their owner’s death or prolonged absence can bring on symptoms of anxiety or depression in dogs. Some other less extreme events such as a move to a new home, injury or illness, change in routine, or even a new pet or person in the home could be the cause of your pup's case of the blues.

Ways to Help Your Pooch to Feel Better

Anxious or depressed dogs benefit from predictable routines and environments. It is important to ensure your pet is getting social interaction, and lots of physical activity. If you are still looking for ways to cure your dogs depression, read these tips below.

See Your Veterinarian

A variety of symptoms linked to depression and anxiety can have negative physical effects on your pet that need urgent veterinary attention. This is why the first thing you should do if your dog doesn't seem happy is to schedule a wellness exam for your pet.

Usually dogs will recover from depression with a little extra love and attention from their pet parent. Your veterinarian can also provide medications such as antidepressants or anti-anxiety aids to help calm their nerves if things don’t show signs of improvement.

Keep Your Dog Occupied

Bored pets can get into mischief, and become anxious or depressed. Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise before you leave the house for the day. Ensure you supply your pup with enough toys to keep them busy and help curb dog anxiety. Look for toys that are interactive or can be stuffed with treats to keep your dog's body and mind active while you're out of the house.

Social Time

Pet owners need to remember that dogs are social creatures that love to be around people and other animals. If your dog seems lonely and sad try taking your pooch to the dog park, group classes or doggie daycare for additional social interaction. You may even want to consider getting a companion animal for your dog.

Show Lots of Love & Patience

Dogs need lots of love and patience to feel safe and contented, especially if they are feeling depressed or anxious. By giving your pup a little extra time and attention you may be able to alleviate these issues.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

Contact our Woburn vets if your dog seems anxious or depressed. Our team can diagnose the cause of your dog's symptoms and prescribe treatments if needed.

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