Home Alone: There’s A Good Chance Your Dog Might Be Depressed

I might be a mom to two wonderful children, but before they came along, my journey with motherhood actually started the day my husband and I brought home our Dachshund and Rottweiler mix (oh YES, you read that right) home. He’s been with us for 12 years now and while I sometimes feel guilty for neglecting him or making him wait for his food after I feed the kids, he is still on my mind more now than ever before.

There’s a new report that just like people, says millions of dogs might be suffering from depression, too. And while they can’t talk it out like the rest of us, there are some vital signs to look out for. Here’s a little more:


According to the vet charity PDSA (People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals), loneliness is the biggest cause of canine depression. The organization conducted a survey of 31,500 pet owners, and suggests 2.3 million dogs are regularly left at home alone for over five hours, with 28 per cent of hound owners in the UK believing there is no issue with their pets being on their own for between six and 10 hours daily. In fact, vets suggest the absolute maximum amount of solitude pooches can cope with is four hours.

“These are very worrying findings and the fact that people think it’s acceptable to leave their dog alone for so long is especially concerning,” PDSA vet Vicki Larkham-Jones stated.

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