Regular Grooming Can Help Fight Pet Depression

Posted on: 8 July 2015

Dogs and cats can experience depression just like their human owners do. Periods of depression for pets can be brought on by illness, traumatic events, the loss of a loved one and many other circumstances your pet may experience in their lifetime. Unfortunately, our pets cannot tell us when and why they are depressed but it is easy enough to sense when they are feeling down. Luckily, for pet owners, you can easily help remedy mild depression symptoms in your dog or cat with the help of a little extra TLC.

Signs Your Pet May Be Depressed

When pets are dealing with depression they may seem particularly sad and mopey. Some other warning signs for depression may include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargy
  • Not drinking enough water
  • Aggression
  • Increased sleeping
  • Constipation
  • Hiding or isolating itself from others
  • Lack of self-grooming
  • Licking paws more than normal

If you notice an increase in any of these behaviors in your dog or cat, you may be dealing with a depressed pet. It is important that you take your pet to visit the vet at the first sign of depression as there could be other medical issues causing your pet to feel this way. Your vet may prescribe medication or give you options to help treat the depression naturally.

Pet Grooming is Good for Your Pet's Mental Health

When you take the time to connect with your pet via regular grooming you are forming an incredible bond with your furry friend. Between visits to the pet groomer it's a good idea to take time each day to gently brush out your pet's coat and pay some extra attention the their nails and paws.

If your pet doesn't particularly warm up to regular brushing right away, remember to make them feel comfortable by using treats and catnip to calm them down. With the help of these tools you can slowly teach your pet to associate grooming time with pleasure and rewards, making the whole ordeal easier for both of you.

In some cases, your vet may even recommend giving your furry family member a pet massage to relax their muscles and stimulate their coat. Schedule regular pet grooming appointments to keep your pet's coat healthy and looking great. Remember that pets thrive on keeping a regular schedule, so make sure not to miss your regular appointments. As a bonus, a professional pet groomer can also give you tips on properly caring for your pet's coat in between visits.