Before you go to the vet and tell them that your dog has depression, you should make sure that it is real depression, not just depressive behavior. Every dog is sad or disappointed at some point in a particular situation, which does not immediately mean that he has depression.
Dog Depression: Drug Treatment
If your four-legged friend is really depressed, there are different ways to treat it. Often the first step - when your four-legged friend is acutely depressed - is started with drug treatment, which may also be continued in other therapy phases. The aim is to alleviate the symptoms.
Depression is usually triggered by an impaired brain metabolism. This means that the dog's body no longer produces certain messenger substances in sufficient quantities, which may result in your four-legged friend simply no longer being happy. 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.
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Permanent recovery through therapy
In addition to drug therapy, behavioral therapy on the part of an animal psychologist is often advisable. Your four-legged friend can only fully recover with the help of such therapy. During the treatment, which usually takes place in the familiar environment of the animal patient, the animal psychologist adapts specifically to your dog. Important cornerstones of almost every therapy are care and family support. You also need to keep depressed dogs busy and keep them moving and raging a lot. Furthermore, the dog's self-esteem needs to be strengthened - this works best with a lot of praise.
In addition, it is important that your dog is surrounded by many positive impressions, experiences joy, love and stimulation. You should make sure that the patient is neither overwhelmed nor pampered. In addition, the cause research is never left out of sight during therapy - because only if the cause of the depression is found and eliminated if possible can it be successfully treated.
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