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Q: Has anyone ever had a depressed dog?

July 12, 2009 | By Jennifer B. | 4 answers | Expired: 1945 days ago

Jennifer B.

I swear, Joyce has bi-polar mood swings and I don't know what to do! We recently moved to a new house - which I know can upset their routine and cause issues... but lately, she'll only eat if it's a meal we've been eating, she's refusing her dog food... she'll only eat rice with sunny side up eggs (to make the rice yellow and wet) if we're not giving her table food... she won't eat alone at ALL (she'll leave everything in her dish) and she seems to be craving milk. If I have a glass of milk, she starts jumping around and begging until I give her a drop or two... if I don't, she'll refuse water (she'll only drink water AFTER I give her the milk!) She's been throwing up in the morning(I'm starting to believe it's from hunger).. so I brought her to the vet and they said nothing was wrong.

There are also times where she is completely amped up and wants to jump around and play, she'll run around in our huge yard, we'll play, go to the beach... TONS of stuff... but then she'll just lay down for the rest of the day, not exhausted, but sad looking! I know there's a lot to take in here - but I really want to see her happy - and I'm at a loss here... any ideas?

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Jillian
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Jul 14, 2009

feeding her eggs and milk every day can cause problems, thats a lot of vitamin a for a dog and they shouldn't have lactose at all.
you moved her into a new home and she has no idea why this happened, so shes feeling very insecure and looking to you for guidance and reassurance. and heres the kicker, you're catering to it and allowing her to stay in this frame of mind. unintentionally, i understand. its hard to see your babies going through that and even harder to not give them what they seem to need. what she really needs though is to get over it, and thats not gonna happen if you don't make her.
what kind of dog is she normally? high energy, low, average? are your activities enough to challenge her physically? mentally? whatever her breed is, find an activity to fit that and have a lot of fun w/it. make sure she is worn out, let her sleep for the night, and when she wakes up, give her the old dog food w/some wet food mixed in. she should be ravished. if she doesn't eat it, so be it. take her out for a walk instead and when you get home, offer her the same food again. i promise she will eventually be so hungry that she will eat it. once you get her eating her old food, don't let her eat by you. when she comes up to you for milk, avoid eye contact and just ignore her. her stomach is probably bothering her between the not eating and the eating people food, so milk probably feels pretty good - but its bad for her.
it may sound like you're being too tough, but you can't give in to her. when you give in, that only blocks her from learning to cope. she's not going to look at you wondering why mommies being mean, she will take it as a cue that you're not sharing right now and get over it, and eventually quit asking.
if she has enough to do to keep her body and mind busy, she will adapt. we can't play w/them all day long, i know, but maybe use this opportunity to teach her some tricks. sit, stay, lay, shake, anything you want, i'm sure she'll have fun.

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Michele Z.
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Jul 12, 2009

I think I'd get a second opinion! Craving milk could suggest a stomach problem. Loss of appetite should always be a concern. Did your vet run blood tests??? There's a lot of possibilities: diabetes, thyroid condition, etc. If you sense something is WRONG with your dog, you need to pursue this.

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Lisa B.
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Jul 12, 2009

Was there a dog in the old neighborhood that she was friends with . .. the only time I have seen this is when they are missing a dog, an owner or their normal bed. I would not feed her people food and definitely not milk. Did you tell the vet what you are feeding her and they said nothing about it. . . she needs a good wet food to get her back on track. The only thing is a baked chicken with all the skins off and bones off.

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