I have heard over the years that animals don't have feelings like humans. I have had cats and now have experienced life with my two basenjis.
I have seen happy, excited, scared, jealousy, feisty, and now depression.
Some people see animals as livestock.
I remember my good friend who is a Regional Director for Banfield Vet Hospitals telling me years ago about new drugs to treat depression in animals. I remember thinking that was weird. I think that the meds she was talking about was for mental illness which really seemed weird or just something not thought about.
So, now I see Caesar with depression. He has a dog to play with at work that kisses him and totally loves him, but Caesar just isnt the same. I dont think that Caesar has a permanent form of depression and I hope to aid him with adding a basenji puppy to our family, but it is an interesting notion.
My parents, who have had pets think, well, Caesar can't be missing Beta, he's just a dog. They think I am putting my feelings into the mix to feel like I am seeing this.
So what do you guys think? Can dogs be depressed? I
I think so, but I like many treated my Beta's illness as an illness if I had a child.
Are we over the top to be considerate of a basenji's feelings.
The last two weeks Caesar has barely moved.