Can my pet die of depression?

The pets just as human beings need attention, care and affection so that they can enjoy good physical and emotional health, since due to certain situations in their daily lives they can be affected and suffer from depression.

The veterinarians ethologists, who are responsible for assessing the behavior, changes and other situations of pets; they are a kind of psychologist for animals, they state that after the covid-19 pandemic, both felines and canines have been prone to suffering from this disease.

But why is it that pets suffer from depression? One of the causes is the change of environment, the absence of the owner, or the simple fact that their space is invaded.

Pets can suffer from chronic stress in the same way as people and that leads them to situations of depression and this can be generated by changes in their environment, the entry of new people into the home or the entry of new animals.

There are several types of symptomatology to detect if your pet suffers from this disease.

Sometimes depression in animals can take several behaviors or attitudes of its owner, then there it will be in stress and a process of depression and loss of appetite. There are several theories, those of us who are currently taking this type of symptoms into account are veterinary ethologists, who are in charge of studying behavior and looking at what is happening.

Pets in this period are going through a post-pandemic and depression moment, because we must bear in mind that since 2020 we began to invade their space, and more than anything in felines.

How to identify depression in our pets?

In the case of felines, they “will start to hide, to have decay, loss of appetite, character changes, bad temper; and sometimes, they go to urinate outside their sandbox”.

While in canines “they will be active all day, bringing him toys, bones to his master, barking to get his attention, as if to say: ‘you are invading my space, you won’t let me play’. Other times the barking will be anxious or aggressive.

In the same way, pets will have changes of behaviorhe may no longer have the same relationship with people, he isolates himself, becomes more nervous, or other animals express it with aggressiveness, which was not present before and his immune system you start to be affected.

It can be done by the pet owner to prevent the pet from falling into depression. The first thing is to identify the behaviors, be aware if they show “aggressiveness or fear”, show those “warning voices”.

For example, if the dog is afraid, it will bark for a minute or two and hide; It can also happen if a strange visitor arrives. Care must be taken in this. In turn, the furry ones can have another type of reaction such as “barking at the windows and doors of houses or apartments so that no one arrives”, when this occurs, it is advisable to take the pets to a consultation with a veterinary ethologist. Treatments and medications.

At the moment essences are used flores Bach’s to treat various emotional situations such as fear, loneliness, despair, stress, depression and obsessions, pheromones and some cognitive exercises for pets while owners are away from home and working.

Can a pet die of depression?

As such, dogs or cats are not going to die from this disease, but they will go through periods of anxieties, you may have loss of appetite and then depression becomes an internal medical problem because it affects various organs; Depression problems must be treated in time.

The clear recommendation from experts is that pet owners understand their animals’ behaviors company and that they do not wait for there to be an aggression or more complex to take them for a consultation.


Source: Diario Ecologia by diarioecologia.com.

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