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.
Those looks so many of us have seen in the eyes of our dogs are just tricks of our imagination, apparently. New research reported by the BBC suggest that the expressions we see on our dogs faces are simply projections of our own feelings.
A study was carried out by Alexandra Horowitz, assistant professor at Barnard College in New York, who looked at how dog owners interpreted their pets’ expressions, when they believed that the dog had stolen and eaten a forbidden treat.
Horowitz and his team weren’t always truthful with the owners, however. Sometimes the dogs hadn’t eaten or stolen the treats.
Yet when owners were told their dogs had misbehaved, they ivariably reported seeing the guilty expression, even if the dog hadn’t really done anything wrong.
The conclusion was that there was no link between what owners thought they saw in their dogs’ faces and their behaviour.
Have you ever wondered just how different you and your dog really are? Have you often thought about what your dog is thinking or feeling? If so then you would certainly not be alone! Many owners often ponder about their dog’s abilities and how their bodies actually work.
The difference between a dog’s metabolism and the way in which its body works is often completely the opposite of how the human body works. For example, if a human was to be given oral contraceptives, they would increase the risk of fatal blood clots. However, a dog which is given oral contraceptives would delay the time that the blood takes to clot. Dogs also produce their own Vitamin C, whereas humans are unable to do so. Aspirin can cause birth defects in dogs but it does not have the same affect on humans.
Medical wise, the dog’s body often seems to be a lot more intelligent than the human body. A good example is if a human were to take the toxic Oxyphenbutazone drug, it would take 72 hours to metabolise the drug. However for dogs it takes their body just 30 minutes to eliminate the drug from the body. They are also unaffected by Chloramphenicol whereas in humans it causes aplastic anaemia.
Overall the way in which a dog’s body reacts to drugs is completely different to how a human body reacts. The above are just a few of the fascinating differences between us and our beloved pets.