Canine depression

The definition that gives us the dictionary for the term “depression”: (pathological state with overall decline of all psychological, especially affecting the affective component activity), applies to the dog; the only difference with the condition that hurts humans due to the lack of experience in animal Therapeutics, and because we must not forget that the dog so you can lie in a divan and ask us talk of the reason of his bad.

In any case specialists have developed the theory of sensory receptivity to understand, as far as possible, the causes that lead to the animal into the depression. According to Boors Ashore, veterinary specialist in animal Psychology: “this theory explains that a large part of the canine depression has much to do with the masters.” If do not pay you attention and relegate it to the background, the dog will feel rejected, not admitted in his family and as a result will enter into “crisis”.

Canine depression

Now we must distinguish two kinds of depressions; an endogenous and other exogenous.

The first is characterized by the apparent absence of external motivations, i.e., their cause is genetic (hereditary).

The second and perhaps the most important; It is a direct consequence of the environment and may be motivated by multiple causes.


How to externalize your disease can be seen in different ways. Apathy, lack of response to rewarding stimuli, drowsiness, lack of appetite, excessive thirst, etc.

There are no races, but individuals in the depressions. When more hypersensitive is the animal, more risk of developing the disease. However, according to statistics, the Terrier, the matzos (especially those acquired in kennels or day-care centers) are more prone to suffering from.

Solutions; not miracles.

Suspecting that the dog may be falling into a depressive crisis, it is advisable to consult a specialist.

Anyway the best “antidote” against depression is to keep alive the contact with the dog and the activity. Both factors favoring the psychological balance of the animal; However, if not can devote you all the desired time, we should help him cope with the loneliness stimulating him with music during absences, and nothing easier to leave the radio or on television that it entertains. Anyway, it should not be forgotten that any dog would prefer affection, the direct relationship with its owner and the safety of their leader, to the freedom of living under their indifference, what is the same, to the emotional inmates…

Causes of depression…

Situations of boredom-with nothing to stimulate the dog, the mental inactivity can lead to a State of apathy and lethargy psychological

Solitary detention.-the bark, if particularly rhythmic, is one of the most common manifestations of frustration.

Family’s disorganized.-before a domestic disorder, is not recommended for the canine company; the absence of habits in the life of the dog, in addition to producing a functional imbalance, can cause psychological disarray

Longing for company-dogs arrived to alter his behavior left alone too long, even develop neurotic behaviors.

Lack of affection-A decrease in the dose of affection will undoubtedly be traumatic. For any canine.

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