How To Fight Those Winter Blues With Your Pet
If you live in the Northern Hemisphere like us, you’re probably experiencing the worst of the winter season right now. Long dark nights and cold short days make it difficult to enjoy this time of year. Having a furry friend by your side to brighten up the days (and you, theirs) can help make everyone a little happier on a gloomy day.
For some people, and surprisingly some pets, the winter months can cause the blues. Whether it be from staying inside longer, less sunlight, or a disruption in your usual outdoor activities, feeling down this time of year is not uncommon.
Can My Pet Be Affected?
Long story short? Maybe. For the most part, winter gloominess or seasonal depression can affect your pet because of changes they notice in their pawrents. If their walk or play time is reduced, and they notice their pawrent is staying in bed longer or is more lethargic, your pet will mirror you! Your pet may sleep for longer periods, eat less, seem less interested in toys or walks, or just stop acting like their normal selves
Continuing their normal routine - whether than be a regular walk or getting out of bed at the same time every day, can be one of the best ways to help your pet during the winter.
There are some studies that point to animals reacting negatively to the changing seasons - but nothing is confirmed.
Either way, if the changes in the seasons are making you a little gloomier, chances are your pet feels the same way.
How To Help Your Pet (And Yourself!)
Since the winter blues you may experience haven’t actually been proven to be an issue for our pets, treatments like light therapy may not work for your fur baby. But, as mentioned before, sticking to a routine or “leading by example” may be the answer.
The best thing to do for your pet is to maintain normality. Try to continue routines like walks or playing. If you can, try to take your pup out when there’s still light out - getting in as much time as possible in the sun can be beneficial for you and your furry friend!
Things To Do
Sometimes it’s hard to come up with engaging ideas and activities that can be fun for you and your pet! Here are some winter friendly activities to get out in the few hours of daylight, bond with your fur baby, and to get those serotonin levels up and grooving!
Go On A Snowy Walk
Treat Them To Some New Toys
Do A DIY
Learn A New Skill Or Hobby Together
Here Are Some More Ideas To Try:
- Hide and seek (hide treats around the house for them to find)
- Put on Dog or Cat TV
- Do a pet photoshoot!
- Take them to a dog friendly restaurant or brewery