A Dog’s Mental Health

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They’re different aspects in a dog’s health. We tend to overlook their mental health which is vital to their well being. As we spend time with our pets we pick their body language and attitudes, but we don’t always know what they mean.

As our relationship with our pet grows deeper we identify what is bothering them, though we don’t always know what they are going through. Their behaviors can be identified as a mental disorder which can be displayed through their actions.

The types of disorders that dogs can: depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post- traumatic stress disorder and aggression.

There are mannerisms that can help pinpoint which mental disorder a dog suffers. For instance, when a dog constantly chasing their tail, licking body parts into a tender manner, or is not longer interested in playing it can mean that they have obsessive-compulsive behavior.

Along side with OCD a dog can have more than one anguished-filled disorder. Loss of appetite, excessive barking, destructive behavior, self-inflicting pain are some of the traits that contribute to anxiety.

Dogs suffer from mental disabilities differently from people. When you notice that a dog is, vomiting, sheds profusely, sleeps more that usual or is over all reserved there might be a chance that they are depressed.

Aggression is a distinguishable trait. It comes being abused from previous owners. It leads to dogs biting, lunging, snapping, growling and barking. Aggression is something that changes with the life of a dog.

Lastly, animals are susceptible to post-traumatic stress disorder, though it’s not in the same way as humans. Their disability comes from a series of crippling events that make them urinate uncontrollably, shake, irrationally angry and hide from everything.

The symptoms that dog suffer are not to be ignored. The best thing to do is to figure what their distress is and treat it. Each disorder has its own solution, sometimes the best way to completely know what your dog is going through is by talking to your veterinarian.

A vet prescribes medication to a dog for if the mental disability is more engraved in their behavior. Such as PTSD and aggression, disabilities like these will require a little more attention. They eventually will be weaned off and no longer need medication. Though not every dog needs medication to overcome their mental disability.

A dog adapt’s to a new type of life so that they can overcome their mental disability. Some of their disabilities can be overcome through training and interpersonal interaction. Training a dog to calm, and exercising them for mental stimulation can reduce depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety.

When a dog is introduced to new people it can be conducive to overcoming anxiety and OCD. They no longer feel the need to be anxious. Loving your dog a little more can diminish depression and anxiety.

Dogs are vital to one’s life, but most importantly a dog’s health is principal to their well-being. As much as well love our dogs lets take a little more time to see how they are doing everyday.