Until now, there is still talk whether or not a dog has emotions. But it seems that a dog having them is more accepted now as it was before. Dogs show that they are happy to see their owner come home by showing excitement, wagging its tail, and pouncing on them as they step through the doorway. If scolded, they seem to manifest guilt by withdrawal and showing maybe signs of shame. So if a dog can feel happy, excited and guilt, then most surely they should feel depression.

What are the causes and signs of dog depression?
According to veterinarian, Dr Raymond Van Lienden at the Animal Clinic in Clifton, the signs of depression will manifest itself in signs that are commonly associated with an illness. For example, dogs that are depressed can have loss of appetite, weight loss, show less energy and a noticeable retreat from people and simply lying down and sleeping. So once any test rule these out as indicators for illnesses, then the dog may be depressed. About what?

According to Dr. Lienden, depression is mainly caused by change. The change of not seeing the dogs companion if they go on long leaves or even death, or the change of being in a different environment, or even the absence of a playmate. In order to prevent or reduce this depression, it is always good to have transition for them in case the transfer is to a new location. Bring something familiar with them like chew toys as they adjust to their new surroundings. If a canine companion dies, then a replacement would help fill the void.

One good thing the doctor notes, is that unlike people, dogs bounce back when given time for they experience the pain in the moment. The symptoms may stay for a few weeks but they are usual and always temporary.