dogs get S.A.D too
At this time of year, as the days shorten from reduced daylight and temperatures drop, many Brits will suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). It’s a common condition which can make the winter months quite tough. But did you know that our four-legged friends suffer from similar symptoms?
Dogs by nature want to be outside in natural sunlight, exploring and exercising, but for a number of reasons winter makes this difficult. Many pet owners are put off walking in the dark for safety reasons, while others don’t like to get out with their dogs in the rain or much colder weather. This means our pets often have to take on a more sedentary lifestyle, with substantially reduced exposure to daylight.
56% of owners exercise their dogs in the summer for 30+minutes, compared with 28% in the winter
of owners stated their dogs eating habits altered during the winter
admitted to trying to cheer up their dog by feeding them extra food & treats
said their dog slept substantially more
had consulted/considered consultin a vet to help with their dog's seasonal depression