Dr. Sabrina Kordis
Partner Veterinarian CityVet Alliance
If you’re a pet owner, you’ve likely noticed your furry friend’s affinity for sunbathing. Whether it’s a cat sprawled out on the windowsill or a dog seeking out the sunniest spot in the backyard, pets seem to have an instinctual attraction to the warm embrace of sunlight. With the winter months upon us and fewer hours of sunlight during the day, we explore ways to ensure your furry family is getting access to the rays they need.
While Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) primarily affects humans, there is some evidence to suggest that pets may also experience changes in mood and behavior during the winter months. Symptoms can include lethargy, increased sleep, and changes in appetite.
To help combat potential SAD in pets, ensure they receive adequate sunlight exposure, maintain a consistent routine, and provide them with plenty of mental and physical stimulation. If you notice persistent changes in your pet’s behavior, consult with a veterinarian for guidance on how to address these issues.
During the winter months, the reduced daylight and colder temperatures can make it challenging for pets to get their daily dose of sunshine. Here are some tips to help them get enough sun exposure even in the colder seasons:
In the end, our pets love basking in the sun for various reasons, including the warmth, vitamin D synthesis, and instinctual behavior. Spending time in the sun offers numerous benefits, from improved mood and sleep quality to enhanced overall health. During the winter months, it’s essential to find ways to ensure your pets receive enough sun exposure to stay happy and healthy. By providing your furry friends with the sunshine they crave, you can help them lead a more fulfilled and content life.