Dogs get Depressed!

This bombshell of a learnin’ came courtesy of Pete the Vet, Ireland AM’s resident vet and dog cheerer-upper.

(Ireland AM is a breakfast TV show on Éire’s TV3, for all you unlucky foreigners)

depressed dogs chirac

Who is more depressed in this picture?

Turns out that depression is quite common in dogs and according to Pete, there are five main causes:

1) DEATH OF A COMPANION

That’s self-evident.

2) ARRIVAL OF A NEW COMPANION

Nobody likes when some bitch shows up on your turf, acting all high and mighty.

3) OTHER CHANGES IN SOCIAL LIFE

Like changing your Facebook status from “in a relationship” to “single”.

4) ILLNESS

Getting sick.

5) OLD AGE

Getting old.

Don’t worry, if you think that your dog or a dog close to you may be depressed, this handy Canine Depression Guide seems to have everything you need.

I didn’t actually learn how to cheer up a dog, but I think I’ve learned enough for one day.

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