Can Dogs and Cats Get Depressed?

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When you’re down and out, chances are that your dog or cat senses these feelings and sticks by your side until you seem to be feeling better. Just like humans, pets can also suffer from depression. Has your once bubbly pet become listless and withdrawn? Has a major life event taken place recently? If so, your dog or cat may be suffering from pet depression.

Signs of Pet Depression

It’s hard to know when dogs and cats are suffering from depression, simply because we cannot ask them, but there are certain symptoms that your furry family member may show if he or she is down and out. Common signs of dog depression include:

  • Changes in appetite
  • Avoidance
  • Loss of interest
  • Changes in sleeping habits

For felines, symptoms of cat depression include lack of grooming, hiding and staying isolated, increased sleeping, and changes in personality.

Treating a Pet’s Depression

If your pet is showing signs of depression, the first step is to take a trip to the vet to rule out a physical ailment as the cause. If your dog or cat is found to be in good physical health, chances are that your pet is depressed. If a major or traumatic event has caused cat or dog depression, you may just need to give your furry friend time to mend.

One of the best things to do is to spend time with your pet. There’s nothing that shows your love and care better than lots of petting, snuggles, and kisses. Another tip for treating your pet’s depression is to spend time outdoors. Fresh air and sunshine are proven ways to relieve stress and tension that can cause depression. Exercise can also give your pet the boost he needs to get back to feeling like his old self.

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Quality Pet Doors

Want to allow your pet to spend more time outdoors but can’t because of work or other obligations? Give your dog or cat the freedom to roam by having a pet door installed. Dog and cat doors can be fitted to your pet’s needs to ensure safe exit and entry outside and back into your home. Dog doors will allow your pet to have unlimited access to fresh air and room to run and play, even if you’re away from home.

At Australia Pet Doors, we specialize in both dog and cat doors. We’ve been in the industry for more than 10 years, and we know just how important it is for your pet to have the freedom to go in and out safely.

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