Treating Pet Depression

The idea of your pet being depressed may not seem realistic to you, and you may think that depression affects only people, but in fact there are many cases of pet depression and you should know how to tell if your pet is depressed and what you can do to help them.

There are antidepressants on the market that are available for treating pet depression. The effects of these medications differ depending on the type of pet you have and the behaviors of the pet that need to be altered or controlled. For instance, clomipramine can help to calm down dogs and make them less likely to react and overreact to situations. For pets that obsessively groom and lick themselves, medications like that can also help to curb their behaviors.

Pet depression can be treated by certain medications and many pet owners find that different medications can really make a big difference. Treating pet depression is done by antidepressants. These can help treat problems that range from anxiety, depression and behaviors like urinating on furniture and tearing up furniture.

There are side effects to antidepressants for pets that include:

  • Anxiety

  • Lack of appetite

  • Sluggishness

    Some vets recommend dietary changes and behavior management techniques as an alternative to antidepressants. There are also other medications that can help treat aggression and anxiety such as valium and Elavil. These medications usually are used to treat pets that have aggressive personalities and territorial issues. Pet depression is usually better treated with antidepressants.

    To keep your pet safe, make sure that you are administering the medications properly. The vet needs to give your pet a thorough check up before prescribing any medications. If you think your pet might have pet depression, it is always advised to seek out the guidance of a vet to see what is the best remedy for your pet. Sometimes changes in dietary habits and exercise can be all that your pet needs to overcome their anxiety or depression. It is best to try all methods if necessary to find what best works for your pet. Don’t ignore the symptoms of your pet being depressed and if they are acting out of character it could also indicate other physical illnesses and conditions as well, so make sure you get them checked out to help keep them healthy and happy and have a long life with you.

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