Autumn brings a natural shift: shorter days accompany the changing leaves, and before you know it, we’re in full-fledged sweater weather.
With less sunlight and cooler temperatures, it can be difficult to cope—in humans, this is known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) (SAD). While there is no evidence that pets, like people, can suffer from SAD, the annual winter circumstances do have an affect. Shorter walks in the mornings and darker evenings can make your dog miss his summer escapades. Here are some helpful hints for keeping your four-legged pal active and happy this winter!
LET THE SUNSHINE IN
With fewer daylight hours, it’s more important than ever to make the most of them. During the day, open your curtains. Consider putting your pet’s bed near a window so they can get some fresh air. Artificial full-spectrum lights and lightboxes can be a useful sunshine supplement for our furry friends living in northern latitudes. Allowing the light in can be beneficial to both people and pets, so make sure to do so!
INDOOR PLAYTIME THAT STIMULATES
When the weather outside is dreadful, keep a few indoor activities on hand. Boredom can be alleviated with engaging toys and chews. Our Raw Recreational Bones are long-lasting, engaging, and delectable delicacies that can help you pass the time! Small bones are appropriate for cats and small dogs, while larger bones are appropriate for dogs of all sizes. When serving bones indoors, keep in mind that they should be placed on a surface that can be washed or sterilized.
Because human exercise levels are likely to drop at this time of year, we celebrate any and all forms of movement with our pets. Take a couple of extra circuits around the house if your dog is your shadow. Try climbing an extra flight of stairs with your canine cheerleader if you live in a house with stairs. Don’t underestimate the power of a cardboard box obstacle course if you have a cat. Finally, the classic laser pointer is a great way to get a cardio workout without leaving the house.
WHEN SHOULD I VISIT THE VET?
If your pet exhibits unusual behavior that isn’t solely due to the cold, make an appointment with your veterinarian so they can rule out or treat any underlying health issues.