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How to Know and Treat Mental Illnesses in Your Dog


Mental illness includes depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder
(PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), phobias and bipolar disorder. According to the
National Mental Disorders Association, one in every four adults suffers from mental illness. In other words, there are about 60 million Americans. One in 17 Americans suffers from serious
mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or major depression. Suicide is a
serious problem related to mental illness and the 10th leading cause of death in the United

You also have an impact on your dog’s wellbeing. A dog often reflects your energy and behavior. But if your bond is good, both of you will thrive. Studies show that most dog owners are less likely to have any serious health problems, and dog ownership reduces blood pressure compared with those who do not own a dog. Owning a dog means having a constant
companion and a dear friend.

Dogs Can Have Mental Illness Too

One of the biggest reasons for dog anxiety is separation anxiety. Dogs are often very uneasy whenever you leave home to carry out your daily work. They panic because you are away. Many times, dogs with separation anxiety will cause an accident at home. One way to help reduce accidents is to use an indoor dog toilet solution. Although separation anxiety is the main cause of dog pain, there are other factors that can cause your dog to suffer. Some of these psychiatric disorders can help define anxiety, depression, PTSD and other issues. Your dog may have the initial mental symptoms that you didn’t know before.

It can also create behavioral issues, such as peeing in this house. One of the main reasons to worry about dogs is anxiety. Dogs are worried when they don’t do their daily activities. They also don’t know when you are returning home when you leave, and they begin to panic. Dogs are often destructive when they are nervous, which may damage their furniture and other personal belongings. Many anxious dogs injure themselves at home. Aromas can be very soothing for anxious dogs. Essential oils like the wonderful Young Living Essential Oils can be a great stress-reliever for dogs.

Canine aggression is another big problem for dog owners. Canine aggression can be due to
poor training, past abuse, a lack of kind treatment, or lack of exercise. Exercises helps burn the dog’s excessive energy. Spending quality time training and bonding with your dog can also help. Dogs may have a form of emotional distress (especially when separated, alone or separated from the owner), pathology disorders, fears, complaints and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Most veterinarians train them to manage these conditions. The best predictor of successful treatment may be early intervention. Dogs have a strong sense of smell. Essential oils and other natural remedies can be very calming for dogs. Please contact your doctor after noticing any unhealthy or unwanted behavior. Veterinarians are often knowledgeable about behavioral troubles.

Psychological and Emotional Stability

Pets can suffer from psychological issues, including cats and dogs! Emotional stability is an important part of the well-being of animals. Patients with mental and emotional distress may seem lethargic or uneasy. Is your pet happy? Finally, you need to ask yourself if you are really happy with your pet. Regardless of how hard it is, you need to check in with your pet to see if they are mentally and physically healthy.

Those who love dogs know that the four-legged family differs from the family in many ways. But there are unexpected similarities Dogs can also fight mental illness like 1 in 5 Americans. Like humans, dogs and other animals develop and may suffer from mental health problems including depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Doctors can always identify the cause of health problems in their dogs, but mental health problems are particularly difficult to diagnose from a pet’s perspective.

“Cary Teller is an Oregon native who loves exploring the outdoors with his trusty sidekick Milo, a 2-year old gorgeous and cuddly mastiff.”