Not only humans, but also dogs can become depressed. In any case, you should treat depression in the dog immediately, so that your four-legged friend will soon enjoy life again.
Before you go to the vet and tell him that your dog is suffering from depression, you should make sure that it is really a depression, not just depressive behavior. Every dog is sad or disappointed about a particular situation, which does not mean he has depression right away.
Depression in the dog: drug treatment
If there really is a depression in your four-legged friend, it can be treated in different ways. Often the first step - when your four-legged friend is acutely depressed - starts with a drug treatment, which may also be continued in further therapy phases. The goal is to alleviate the symptoms.
Depression is usually triggered by a disturbed brain metabolism. This means that the dog's body is no longer able to produce certain messenger substances in sufficient quantity, which may mean that your four-legged friend just can not be happy anymore. Veterinarians often treat this deficiency with the help of antidepressants - positive feelings can then arise again. The medications prescribed by the doctor often facilitate the subsequent therapy.
Permanent recovery through therapy
In addition to the drug therapy is often advisable behavioral therapy by an animal psychologist. Only with the help of such a therapy can your four-legged friend fully recover. During the treatment, which usually takes place in the familiar surroundings of the animal patient, the animal psychologist will specifically adapt to your dog. Important cornerstones of almost every therapy are attention and family support. You also need to keep depressive dogs busy and make them move and romp a lot. Furthermore, the self-esteem of the dog must be strengthened - this works best with much praise.
In addition, it is important that your dog is surrounded by many positive impressions, joy, love and excitement. You should make sure that the patient is neither overwhelmed nor coddled. During the therapy, the cause research is never out of sight - because only when the trigger of depression is found and eliminated if possible, you can treat it successfully.