Dogs, just like humans, can get the blues. But unlike humans, it’s more difficult to determine if your dog is suffering from depression simply because they can’t talk.
According to John Ciribassi, former president of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior, depression symptoms in dogs can be quite similar to symptoms in humans.
“Dogs will become withdrawn. They become inactive. Their eating and sleeping habits often change. They don’t participate in the things they once enjoyed,” Ciribassi explained.
However, he stressed that these symptoms may also mean that the dog has an underlying medical problem.
Worried that your pooch might be suffering from canine depression? Here are some signs, according to dog whisperer Cesar Millan.
1. Changes in appetite
Some dogs, when depressed, lose interest in eating and as a result, shed weight. On the other hand, some dogs can become stress eaters and eat more during a depression.