Do Dogs Miss Their Friends?

Do Dogs Miss Their Friends?

Posted Nov 4, 2020 in Dog Care

Have you ever wondered if your dog misses another dog? Maybe his brother or sister passed away or he lost a human companion. Some dogs show signs of sadness, while others may display symptoms of negative behavior, and some may not show any sign of emotional suffering at all.

Why is a Dog Mourning?

A dog that experiences any kind of major change, such as the introduction of a new child or a home move can show signs of depression, says Dr. Christopher Pachel, a Board Certified Veterinary Behaviorist.

When a closely bonded dog loses a member of the family, whether it’s another dog in the household or a human companion, the physical signs of depression can show.

Signs Your Dog is Mourning

A loss in appetite, lowered water intake, sluggish response to humans and other pets, a loss of interest in play, and even a mournful howl. The symptoms can increase gradually over weeks or months.

Showing patience and understanding to a pet in mourning can help an anguished dog cope. Maintaining a normal routine for your pet is the best way to help with the transitional process.

So yes, dog’s do mourn and they do miss their friends. Have you had a mourning dog before? We would love to hear your story.

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