How to: Help Your Grieving Dog
When your dog loses its best mate it, be it a human or another pet, it can have a drastic effect on it’s day-to-day mood. You may notice that your grieving dog has become lethargic, upset or even ill due to the loss of regular activities. Things you need to look out for are:
- Loss of Appetite
- Excessive Sleepiness
- Loss of interest in play/activities/toys
- Aggressive behaviour
- Drastic Weight Loss
- Lack of motivation (slow)
Like a good friend you are going to have to help your dog get over their grieving, chances are if you are grieving yourself it could have a reciprocating effect. Here are a few things you can do to get your dog back to its happy-self:
- Get back into a walking routine. Get your dogs mind off of their lost friend and get those endorphins going! The release of these endorphins will help make your dog feel happy, light, and carefree. Even try bringing a ball for a good run or swim.
- If you can’t get out of the house often try just simple games you know your dog enjoys. When your dog exhibits positive behaviour remember to reward him with a healthy dog treat. Remember to not be excessive with the treats.
- Setup play dates with other dogs in the area, but make sure you are nearby so they don’t get stressed.
- During downtimes invite your dog to sit near you and work in a good massage. It has been found that petting your dog is a great way to relieve stress, but imagine how good it feels for them? A good massage will get those endorphins released while helping them relax.
- Do a bit of research on natural dog health remedies and ask your Vet
- Mustard for Depression
- St Johns Wort for Depression
- Capsicum for Emotional Stamina
- Star of Bethlehem for Grief
- Gentian/Gorse for Depression and Grief
We always like to recommend seeing your veterinarian if any issues arise, we are great at grooming but there are something we can’t do. While your dog may be grieving the loss of a friend, there could also be something else going on there. Always play it safe!