How to Know if Your Dog is Depressed – A Complete Guide

Depression is a condition that affects not only humans but can affect your furry little friend too. Yes, that bundle of energy that is always running around and never sees a dull moment can be depressed too.

Here are few signs to look out for:

  • Low Energy

Has your dog’s ceaseless energy levels suddenly dropped? Do you feel like you have more energy and are more buoyant than your dog? This could be a strong indication of depression. If it is not an illness that is keeping him dull and lesser active, chances of a depression are high.

  • Appetite

Has his appetite changed suddenly? Doe, she not eat as much as before or not go hyper when he sees you putting out a bowl of his favorite meal?

However, the reverse can also be true just like with humans. Your dog could be eating more for comfort. Dog food is mostly their comfort food and a sudden increase in eating this may not be just an increased love for the food.

  • Sleep

You are well aware of your dog’s sleeping habits and patterns. A change in this when there is no sickness or change in weather is a sure warning of depression.

  • Lack Of Interest

Dogs love to play or go out for walks. They love to chase birds, cats and just run behind nothing. Most dogs love running up ramps that owners might even use dog ramps for cars. When your dog is suddenly not interested in any of this or just walks out with you to relieve himself and does not indulge in his usual active running around, there is something wrong.

  • Licking

Dogs love to lick. Their tongues and noses are always wet. However, if you notice an excess in his licking, start observing. Does he seem to lick just about anything, all the time? Moreover, does he seem to be licking or biting himself more? this could soothe himself to feel better.