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Why does my dog seem depressed? Is there OCD in Dogs also?

Like humans, dogs are also social animals and they also feel a bunch of feelings like us. They exhibit behavior from playful to aggressive depending on their mood or feelings. Especially if you have moved to a new location or changed House or any kind of changes in their environment. I will discuss a few traits to discover whether your dog is going through what is called OCD in dogs.

One of the most common signs that we overlook when a dog is going through mental issues is licking. The common licking in dogs is generally for grooming and showing affection to other dogs, however, if you notice your dog constantly licking a particular spot maybe a foot or lower hind legs, then you should be careful and try to find out more.

While some licking can also indicate pain or any problem the dog is undergoing. It may even be an unseen ghost pain or any pain from a past incident. But if you don’t find any injury or any lumps then more chances are that your dog is going through some kind of mental neurosis rather than physical issues. The constant licking of a dog in such a condition reveals those emotions in a form of obsessive-compulsive disorder, which means your dog is psychologically driven to repeat those behaviors successively. Such behavior is also termed Stereotypical behavior.

If you are the owner of one of the large breeds such as, Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, Doberman Pinschers, Great Danes, Boxers, and Irish Setters, that requires lots of attention and companionship then you should be more careful and notice these signs as early as possible. However it can occur to any breed in question, you generally see it during the age of three, and the frequency increases to older dogs who are less active.

You may try these steps to figure out whether your dog is doing good or not, if not. You should immediately consult your local Vet about a referral to a qualified animal behaviorist for the use of antidepressants or anti-anxiety medications to help you calm your dog.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Darshan Yonzon

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