Dogs are social creatures and can experience loss just like us. If your dog has a fellow buddy, whether another dog or other animal at home, understanding how your dog might react to their passing is important. Learn the difference between playfulness and anxiety.
Via Delaware Online
The loss of a pet doesn’t just break people’s hearts. In the case of social animals like dogs, it can leave the pet left behind depressed and lonely.
Signs of depression after the loss of a pet companion or a person vary from pet to pet, but can include loss of appetite, clinginess, withdrawal, lethargy, anxiety and even aggression.
Caleb, Jennifer Karakul’s 10-year-old black Lab mix, lost his companion, 12-year-old Shepherd-golden mix Sweet Pea, two weeks ago to liver cancer.
When faced with stress, dogs often withdraw to their safe place. For Caleb, it’s the bathroom.
“He’s actually taken it a lot harder than I thought he would; he’s breaking my heart,” said Karakul, a Wilmington resident who is co-founder of Senior Dog Haven & Hospice, a volunteer group that rescues, fosters and places elderly dogs. “He only comes out to eat and when I take him for a walk.”
For years, people thought that dogs and their ancestors, the wolf, organized themselves in a military-like hierarchy with an alpha leader at the top of the organizational chart. More recent studies show that dogs and wolves live as families, with members caring for and looking out for each other.
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