Skip to Main Content

Is your dog anxious or depressed?

Just like people, dogs can experience anxiety and depression from time to time. If you think that your pup is feeling anxious or blue you may be able to help your pooch feel better with these easy tips from our Mooresville vets.

Anxiety & Depression in Dogs

Do your dog's nerves seem to be on edge, or is your pooch acting in a way that leads you to believe they may be feeling anxious or depressed?

Dogs suffering from anxiety or depression will typically display three or more of the following symptoms: Common Signs of Dog Depression

  • Disinterest in playing with people or toys
  • "Sad" expression
  • Lack of energy
  • Avoiding you or hiding
  • Growling, howling or aggression
  • Sleeping too much
  • Decreased appetite
  • Not sleeping

Common Signs of Dog Anxiety

  • Destructive chewing or destroying furniture
  • Obsessive paw licking
  • Spontaneous bowel movement or urination
  • Panting for no reason
  • Pacing aimlessly
  • Whimpering, trembling, or whining

If your dog is displaying any of the symptoms above it's time to head to the vet to find out what is causing your pup's blues and whether there may be an underlying health issue that needs to be addressed. 

Causes of Depression & Anxiety in Dogs

Our four-legged friends crave routine, which means that any major life changes or distressing events can have a huge impact on their emotional state.

While obviously emotional events such as their owner’s death or prolonged absence can bring on symptoms of anxiety or depression in dogs, other less extreme events such as a move to a new home, injury or illness, change in routine, or even a new pet or person in the home could be the cause of your pup's case of the blues.

Tips For Helping Your Pup to Feel Happier

Dogs that are anxious or depressed generally benefit from predictable routines and environments, closely monitored social interaction, and lots of physical activity.

Below are a few more tips on how to help reduce your dog's depression:

Visit the Vet for An Examination

Some symptoms linked to depression and anxiety can actually have physical causes that need urgent veterinary attention. If your dog seems sad or particularly edgy it's time to schedule a visit with your vet.

Although dogs will often recover from depression with just a little extra love and attention from their pet parent, your vet can rule out any underlying physical conditions and provide medications such as antidepressants or anti-anxiety aids to help calm your dog's nerves if things don’t begin to improve.

A Busy Dog is a Happy Dog

Bored pets often get into mischief, and become anxious or depressed. Make sure your pooch gets plenty of exercise before you leave the house for the day, and supply your pup with enough toys to keep them busy and help curb dog anxiety. Look for toys that are interactive or can be stuffed with treats to keep your dog's body and mind active while you're out of the house.

Dogs Love Their Friends Too

Dogs love to socialize and spend lots of time around their people and other animals. If your dog seems lonely and sad try taking your pooch to the dog park, group classes or doggie daycare for additional social interaction. You may even want to consider getting companion animal for your dog.

Show Lots of Love & Patience

Our canine companions need lots of love and patience to feel safe and contented, especially when they are feeling depressed or anxious. By giving your pup a little extra time and attention you may be able to alleviate these issues.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

Is your dog showing signs of anxiety or depression? Contact our Mooresville vets today to book an examination for your dog. Our vets can diagnose the cause of your dog's mood and prescribe treatment to help your dog feel better again.

Tips to help your dog recover from depression or anxiety, Mooresville Vet

Looking for a vet in Mooresville?

We're always accepting new patients, so contact our veterinary hospital today to book your pet's first appointment.

Contact Us

Related Articles View All

What can I give my dog for constipation?

Constipation may seem like a minor concern but if your dog is constipated it could be a sign of a very serious underlying issue. Today our Mooresville vets explain why constipation can be life-threatening for your dog depending on the cause, and what to do if your dog is constipated. 

Bacterial & Fungal Skin Infections in Dogs

Fungal and bacterial skin infections in dogs can cause red, itchy, inflamed skin leading your pup to feel uncomfortable and irritable. Our Mooresville vets explain some causes, symptoms and treatments for skin infections in dogs

Babesiosis in Dogs: What is it and how is it treated?

Babesiosis is a serious infection spread predominantly to dogs through infected ticks. In today's post, our Mooresville vets explain the symptoms and treatments for Babesiosis and what preventative measures you can take to protect your dog from contracting babesiosis.

Treatment For Cushing's Disease in Dogs

Cushing’s disease in dogs can lead to serious symptoms and complications and even threaten your canine companion's longevity. Our Mooresville vets explain the causes of this serious condition and the common treatments for Cushing's disease in dogs.

Looking for a vet in Mooresville?

We'd love to welcome you and your pet into our veterinary family! Contact Lake Norman Animal Hospital today.

Get Started

(704) 664-7387 Contact