By Dr. Norette L. Underwood
Daylight Savings Time and your Pets!
Daylight Savings Time officially ends November 5th at 2 AM. (Don’t forget to turn your clocks back an hour!) For most of us that means we get an extra hour of sleep and relaxation before starting the day. Did you know that pets can be affected by the time change as well? Dogs and cats don’t use watches, but they can tell when there is a change in their owner’s behavior. Much of a pets behavior is linked to our schedules. Your dog might get up when you do, and learn to ask to go outside at a certain point in the morning routine. They might even learn other behaviors depending on yours. (One client of mine, a little Boston Terrier named Rez, has learned to go back to bed when she sees her owner picking up her purse to leave. Aren’t dogs smart?) Dogs thrive on schedules. Cats are more flexible. When those schedules are disrupted it can cause changes in their behavior. An extra hour in bed for you might mean your dog wakes up at the same time needing to go to the bathroom or to eat breakfast. If you’re not careful it can seem like you woke up to a dog who has lost all their training. Keep a close eye on your dog or cat for any changes in their behavior after the time change. If they seem to be more anxious or are having more accidents than normal, try getting up an hour earlier and seeing if the behavior continues. Of course, you might get lucky and have a dog or cat who will appreciate the extra hour of sleep, too.
If you have questions about pet care contact Dr. Underwood of the Trumann Animal Clinic at firstname.lastname@example.org