Seasonal Affective Disorder In Cats And Dogs

Like human, pets react to changes in their environment or even the emotions in their household. Suffice to say, they tend to undergo changes in behavior with the changes in the season. Seasonal affective disorder is a condition that is mediated by hormones in the body. The activity of specific hormones as well as brain chemistry are influenced by the amount of light entering the animal’s eyes. During winter, the sun rises much later and sets earlier, which makes the days shorter. Pets can react to the reduction in sunlight with diminished activity levels. This is an instinct that they have inherited from their wild ancestors whose bodies evolved to adapt and survive the harsh conditions in the wild. During the cold winter months, they don’t go out as much to hunt for prey and limit their activity. With reduced sunlight, food sources are scarce, and they need to conserve energy to survive the cold weather conditions. 

Sudden changes in your pet’s health and/or behavior should warrant an appointment with a vet clinic White Rock, TX. 


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