A Trust your assumption as you know your dog best. Profound life changes
resulting in loss can certainly put some dogs at risk for a form of depression.
The first step would be to have your veterinary practitioner examine your dog and rule out any possible illnesses which elicit similar or the same symptoms to that of depression. Depending on your specific case, there are medications that can be prescribed which would work hand-in-hand with
professional behavioral assistance. Keep your dog feeling safe; protect him
from possible interactions that may distress or frighten him.
Make sure to keep his routines the same as that will provide comfort and security.
Q Our dog was very attached to a family member who recently
passed away and seems to be depressed. How can we handle this situation?
Encourage activities that he used to enjoy thoroughly. Keep this exercise short as we want your dog to have a choice to engage or not. If he’s not that interested, don’t worry, try again in a few days.
If your dog has usually enjoyed walks, do a little of this. If his appetite is
still good, use food with additional soft treats to encourage him to engage in a mentally stimulating food game – utilizing his olfactory senses would be an advantage.
Poor appetite can be stimulated by giving him his favorite meals. More than anything your dog needs a little more time to adapt to the absence of his favorite person.