Four Great Ways To Combat Canine Depression

Depressed dog

Just like humans, our canine friends battle with depression.  There are several reasons your dog may be depressed and some are more serious than you think.  But an occasional bout of depression is normally nothing to worry about.  On the other hand, if you have a dog that always seems down in the dumps, as their owner it is your responsibility to do something about it.

Today we are going to learn a few things that you can do to help your pet better cope with depression.

  1. If your do suffers from depression due to separation anxiety, one of the best things that you could do from them is hire a dog walker. While they won’t be there for the dog all day, just coming by once a day to walk your dog will often lift their sprits.  Some dogs need more attention than others and this is a great way to give them what they need.
  2. If your dog suffers from depression even when you are home, something else is bothering your dog. Often boredom can trigger depression in canines.  A great way to combat depression is to give your dog a little more exercise.   An extra walk in the afternoon might just be the key to perking up your dog’s mood. This will also be very healthy for the both of you.
  3. While not as common as most dog depression causes, canines can also have chemical imbalances. These imbalances can cause dogs to be chronically depressed. But this will have to be determined by your Vet.  Some of the same medications that we humans use to battle depression can also be given by your Vet to your pet.
  4. Sometimes being cooped up in the house can make a dog feel blue. Once a week when you have some spare time take your dog on an outing.  A trip to the local park for a day of hiking is a great way to cheer up your pooch.  We all have to remember that most dogs love going outside and not being able too will often cause them to feel bad.

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