Sometimes we get phone calls from dog owners who are concerned their dog is depressed. The owner will describe a mopey Moppet, who no longer shows the same level of interest in her favorite toy, delicious treat, or going for a walk. “What can I do for my dog?” the owner will ask. “Do dogs get depressed like humans?” According to Jessica Vogelsang, DVM (petmd.com) the answer is no; dogs don’t suffer clinical depression like humans. But dogs can exhibit changes in behaviors that are most likely the result of an underlying physical condition.
For example, a lack of desire in playing fetch may result from achy joints in an aging dog, while lack of interest in food may be the result of stomach upset from the dog ingesting something she shouldn’t have. Because medical conditions are so often the cause of behavioral changes in dogs, it is important to make a visit to the veterinarian your top priority if you notice changes you would classify as signs of depression. Some of these behaviors include:
• Decreased appetite
• Lack of interest in exercises such as walking
• Increased aggression to people or other pets
• Getting lost/disoriented around the home
• Sleeping more than usual
• Increased toileting accidents in the home
Major changes in family dynamics can also contribute to “depressive” behaviors. Dogs can also be very sensitive to changes in their surroundings and their routine, and even minor changes can put them out of sorts, so don’t discount even the smallest change. Once a mopey dog has gotten a clean bill of health from her vet, a plan can be developed to get the dog back to her happy self. Often that just requires extra attention and support from her owners.
Well, we at FFD are certainly very happy to report that Luna and Pixey were both adopted last week. Those lucky ladies are now enjoying the time of their lives in their new homes. We have a new dog to talk about this week. Meet Regan, a 6-year-old puggle (pug-beagle cross) who is currently in foster care. Regan came from a home with kids, and we have found that he plays well with dogs of all ages. He is very sweet, but has lots of energy, so we think a family with kids and even another dog would be a great fit. We are working on leash manners, as Regan tends to pull on leash. But he already knows some basic commands and he’s very smart and eager to please. He will be available starting tomorrow and can be seen by appointment. If you think Regan fits your idea of a fun time, please call us at 508-548-7742 to set up a time to meet him.
We are also happy to share that Friends of Falmouth Dogs (FFD) has been selected to be a part of the Shaw’s GIVE BACK WHERE IT COUNTS Reusable Bag Program, which is designed to make it easy for customers to contribute to their local community while supporting the environment.
For the month of August, each time a $2.50 reusable GIVE BACK WHERE IT COUNTS Bag is purchased at the Shaw’s in East Falmouth, on Teaticket Highway, $1 will be donated to FFD, unless otherwise directed by the customer through the Giving Tag. This is a great way to raise awareness, support the environment and fundraise for our cause.
To learn more about this program, visit shaws.bags4mycause.com.
FFD is at 150 Blacksmith Shop Road, Falmouth. We are open to the public Wednesday through Saturday, 10 AM to noon, Monday and Thursday afternoons, 4 to 6 PM, and Sundays, 3 to 5 PM. We can be reached at 508-548-7742. Visit friendsoffalmouthdogs.org.