Medically diagnosed cases of depression (clinical depression) in people are very real and affect over 3 million Americans each year. To add to this, we are heading into the shorter days of winter where SAD (Seasonal Depression Disorder) will affect another 1.5 million people in the U.S.
As with other illnesses, depression can be tackled if properly diagnosed and treated. But even though mental health care has improved by leaps and bounds over the last several decades, it can still be a touchy subject for some folks. Some cases of depression are even brushed off as someone just “having the blues”. Campaigns such as DeconstructingStigma.org are working towards removing the stigma surrounding mental health. Removing negativity surrounding the issue would inevitably lead to more people receiving the help they deserve.
Another even less discussed topic is canine depression.
As we’ve talked about many times, our four-legged children are more like us than most people realize. And just like some humans suffer from depression, they can too.
We’re all about helping your dog live the happiest and healthiest life possible. So let’s not forget that your fur baby’s mental health is just as important as his physical health.
Depression in dogs is usually brought on by a major change or distressing event such as the loss of an owner or an animal companion. It could also be due to a change in routine or normalcy such as a child moving out of the house, a move to a new house or even just a change in your work schedule. Depression can also be a sign of an underlying injury or illness, so it’s always best to check with your vet if you think your dog is dealing with depression.
Symptoms of Depression in Dogs
Treatment for Dogs with Depression
Depression can be just as real for our furry friends as it can be for us. But with the right diagnosis and treatment it can be a thing of the past. As with any canine health issues, always consult with your veterinarian for a personalized treatment plan that’s as unique as your dog.
My dogs have given me an entirely new spiritual perspective on life. I now have a genuine understanding of unconditional love and provision.