What is Depression?
Depression in humans is a common mental disorder, but it can affect pets, too! You may have noticed your pet’s mood and behavior changing when a new pet was introduced to the family or perhaps when a sibling pet passed away.
Signs of Depression in Pets
- Changes in eating habits
- Seem withdrawn or have low energy
- Sleeping more than usual
- Always eating or refusing to eat
- Hiding away and acting aloof
What Causes Depression?
Causes of pet depression may include:
- A family member moving away or leaving home
- A new person or a new pet in the house
- Moving to a new home with new surroundings
Symptoms of depression are very similar to symptoms of illness, so be sure to take your pet to the vet for a check up if you suspect that they are depressed.
Help for Depression
There are many medications available to help treat depression in animals, however make sure you research the potential for side effects and risk percentage for addiction.
There are a wide variety of natural ingredients used to help support the animal nervous system without doing harm. Herbal and homeopathic remedies can provide an effective way to lessen the stress and anxiety of new surroundings or new additions to the family. Hypericum perforatum, often called ‘Nature’s Prozac’, is one of the best known herbs for treating anxiety, depression and other nervous disorders.
Matricaria recutita has calming properties and will help to soothe your pet and reduce symptoms of stress, while Ignatia and Capsicum homeopathically address grief and pining. Kalium phosphate can help to increase the bio-availability of nutrients, hormones and certain neurotransmitters essential to ensure balanced mood and feelings of well-being.