Introduction to Canine Mental Health

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A happy dog is a healthy dog. Most pet owners simply assume that physical health is the only important thing to worry about until there are problems, but keeping a mentally healthy dog is very important for your dog's physical health as well. Different problems are associated with mental health, and there are various ways to help your pet.

Origins of Canine Mental Health

Depression: A common cause of stress for canine mental health, learn what depression looks like, and how to help your pet deal with it.

Anxiety: There are a few different manifestations of anxiety. Learn what the most common types are and how to turn your dog into the well-adjusted canine citizen you know he can be.

Aggression: Be it fear aggression or dominance aggression, there are ways to help your pet get over his moodiness.

Obsessive-Compulsive Behaviors: Why do they do the things they do? And over and over and over again?

Physical Ailments: Take a look at the physical aspects of mental health issues. Sometimes mental and emotional troubles are mere symptoms of a deeper concern.

Dogs are incredible. If you pay attention to your pet, they always let you know something is wrong. There is no "false bravado" that you see in humans; pretending not to feel pain is a big thing. Stick around and see if perhaps your pet has been trying to tell you something.

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When Anxiety Attacks

If you suspect your pet is sick, call your vet immediately. For health-related questions, always consult your veterinarian, as they have examined your pet, know the pet's health history, and can make the best recommendations for your pet.