What causes depression in cats and dogs?
There are a few factors known to cause depression in animals. These include:
Big life changes: Certain disruptive events can cause a pet to become depressed. This might be a house move or the death of another pet. A new baby may mean your dog’s getting less attention than it’s used to, leading it to feel left out. Likewise, an owner getting a job or working longer hours can cause distress.
Seasonal Affective Disorder: Some experts believe that dogs, like people, can suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) during the winter months.
The wrong owner: It’s vital you choose the right pet for your lifestyle. A lively Border Collie is never going to be happy in a small flat with 20 minutes’ walk a day. Similarly, a dog that loves company, like a Pug or a Pekinese, won’t appreciate being left on its own all day while you’re at work.