- A new report says dogs are becoming increasingly depressed and anxious
- Vets say owners’ busy lifestyles make pets suffer ‘psychological burnout’
- Some dogs are now having to undergo therapy and take anti-depressants
Dogs are suffering from psychological burnout with some need anti-depressants because they cannot keep up with their owners’ busy lifestyles, a new report has revealed.
Vets in Switzerland say that pets are under increasing amounts of emotional pressure which has led to them suffering from anxiety attacks and depression.
The study also says that some dogs are also suffering from chronic fatigue due to the 24/7 lifestyles of their owners.
Behavioural psychologist and vet Linda Hornisberger says that cases of depressed dogs are on the rise.
She said: ‘Today, dogs are increasingly living with chronic fatigue.
‘They are completely overwhelemed and need to take anti-depressants.’
The report also cited the example of Border Collie, Silver – who emigrated to Switzerland from Britain with his owner Gabi Thurnherr.
Ms Thurnherr, 44, said that Silver became so anxious he would attack his own shadow by rushing up to it and barking and growling.
His anxiety then had to be brought under control with therapy and anti-depressants.
Maya Bram, a vet at the Zurich Animal Hospital, where Silver was treated, said: ‘Thanks to the drug he responded well to the therapy and found peace.
‘Many pets and their owners don’t know any peace they are so busy.
‘Peace is a foreign concept for many pets and dogs need a lot of rest.
‘But with today’s busy lifestyles they often miss out.’
In 2010, a dog version of the anti-depressant drug Prozac was launched and was approved for sale in Britain…
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