9 Signs Your Pet is Depressed

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Eating and Drinking Less

Appetite changes are always a telltale sign something is wrong with your pet, and in some cases, depression could be to blame.

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Eating and Drinking Less

Appetite changes are always a telltale sign something is wrong with your pet, and in some cases, depression could be to blame. "Often a depressed pet doesn't want to eat as much, or may not eat at all," says Nina Nardi, D.V.M., chief of staff at Banfield Pet Hospital in Canoga Park, Calif., adding that your pet may even stop drinking, all of which could affect its health. In some rare cases, though, depression may trigger a pet to overeat.

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People aren't the only ones who can get depressed. Pets can, too - especially if they've lost a human or animal companion or experienced a change in environment. So how do you know if your four-legged friend is feeling down? Put the following nine signs on your radar and talk to your vet if you notice any of them. Much like with humans, there are numerous options for treating depression in pets, and the sooner you recognize the signs, the sooner your pet can start getting treatment.


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