he UK is known as a nation of animal lovers. According to research by the Pet Food Manufacturers Association (PFMA), approximately 45% of all households in the UK include a pet. Of these, pets (over 70 million in total), approximately 8.5 million are dogs. This love of pets leads to huge expenditure. At the start of 2015, the Telegraph reported that Britons would spend more than $7 billion on pets over the year.
So we love our pets, but what happens when those pets are obviously not feeling themselves. No-one really knows for sure if there's such a thing as doggie depression. After all it's not as though a dog can answer your questions about how they're feeling. A dog isn't able to pick up the phone for a chat if they're feeling sad; or update their Facebook status with "Having a bad day".
So how can you tell if a dog is feeling down? It's not always easy but there are some signs to look out for. If a dog is more withdrawn than usual, or isn't enjoying all the things they normally love, then there's a chance they're feeling gloomy. Sometimes they may also change the amount they eat, or the amount of time they spend sleeping.