Monthly Archives: August 2016
How to tell if your dog is depressed
When people suffer from a mental health issue such as depression they may show signs and symptoms of the condition or be able to talk about the situation, but for our four-legged friends, it’s not that easy. Most people don’t realise that dogs can suffer from mental health issues just as much as humans can. Unfortunately, if they are suffering, they aren’t able to tell us about it, but it may be the reason for unusual behaviours. Anything can be the trigger for depression in dogs such as the loss of a group member, so watching out for the common signs of depression in dogs can alert us to any mental health concerns and enables us to upkeep their general health and wellbeing.
Watching for the warning signs
Humans and dogs have similar traits especially when it comes to behaviours. If your ‘always hungry’ pup suddenly becomes food shy and loses weight, or you have a dog that has started to overindulge and gain weight this could be a key indicator of a sad dog and a common sign of depression. Everyone knows the saying ‘it’s a dog’s life’ and whilst some dogs like to sleep a lot, if your pet is sleeping more than usual for them, this can be a sign of depression, but so can restlessness, especially if your dog is unable to get a good night sleep.
Know your dog’s behavioural traits
Make sure your dog stays well hydrated
We spend hours researching for the best dog food brands for our pet, we make sure we buy only safe puppy toys, but were you aware that water is probably the most important step to keep your dog healthy?
Just like us, a dog consists of around 80% water. Water is essential for most bodily processes to keep him healthy, such as circulation, digestion, filtering waste and regulating the body temperature. If your dog is dehydrated, he can suffer terrible illness, heart and kidney damage as well as various other problems.
Symptoms of dehydration in dogs
The dog’s collar has been around for years and is used as a tool for many things such as a training tool and a fashion accessory, but one of the most important reasons for a collar is the safety of our precious pets.
Why aren’t people bothered about collars?
Back in April this year the law changed enabling each pet owner to become more responsible when it comes to looking after the safety of our four legged companions. Microchipping our pets makes it easier to locate owners of lost and stolen dogs, but since microchipping became compulsory some owners fail to provide identity tags and understand the importance of pets wearing a house collar.
While your dog is up to its usual tricks at home, some owners remove their pet’s collar for comfort and then attach their collar or harness prior to a walk, but this strategy does pose some risks in regards to safety and upholding the law. We all know our dog’s own personality- some dogs make great escape artists either by scaling fences, digging under them or by even opening doors themselves, but even those dogs that are usually more comfortable at home can be tempted out. If your dog can make a quick exit or is accidently let out of the home, then the missing house collar can lead to an extremely problematic search.
Following the rules
Even though microchipping became compulsory for our furry friends, some owners are unaware that they are still breaking the law if they fail to provide an identity tag to their pet’s collar. This can lead to a fine for the owner. Under the Control of Dogs Order 1992, all dogs in a public area must wear a collar and identity tag that provides the name and address of the owner. Dog wardens can enforce fines for pet owners that fail to comply and the courts can issue fines up to £5000 for offenders. Not only may owners be fined for failing to provide an identity tag but if your dog is lost or stolen you’ll also have to pay out for the services of a dog warden to scan your pet’s microchip.
You could be forgiven for thinking that walking a dog is an easy accomplishment. With some dogs, it’s a pleasurable experience, yet for other dog owners, it’s something they tolerate for the sake of their pets.
Here are a few suggestions for a stress free, enjoyable walking routine, for both you and your dog.
Practice some off the lead walking
Choose a safe area where your dog can safely run off the lead, obviously never when next to a road. This short session requires a great deal of self-discipline and concentration, so try to make them as stimulating as possible, with lots of changes of direction and speed. Take along some dog treats or one of his favourite toys as a motivation aid and treat it not only as an obedience exercise, but also as a game, and both you and your dog will have some fun, allowing him to walk alongside you.