We thought this article posted on VetStreet by Dr. Marty Becker about doggy depression was enlightening-let's just say he wouldn't dismiss the dog parent who claimed their four-legged friend was suffering from depression. Similarly, he doesn't just think it's "anthropomorphizing" to think your pet is grieving for a lost family member.
And another VetStreet article describes the five reasons a vet might prescribe antidepressants for your dog or cat. No, not really for depression, per se, but rather for "underlying anxieties that can lead to behavior problems." Can you say incessant barking or tail chasing or fence running or kitty urine spraying?
What about you? Have you ever given your pet antidepressants, and for what reasons? We'd love to know!
We are not depressed...or even anxiety-ridden...at least we don't think so!