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"Fall Back": 8 Tips To Help Pets Adjust To Daylight Saving Time

Don’t forget to set your clocks back! Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 5, 2023 at 2:00:00 AM

As pet owners, we know that our furry friends thrive on routine. The end of daylight saving time can disrupt their schedules and cause confusion and anxiety. Here are 8 tips to help your pets adjust to daylight saving time change.

  1. Plan ahead: Gradually shift your pet’s schedule for eating, walking, and bedtime the day before up to a week prior to the time change. This will make daylight saving time less stressful for both you and your furry friend.

  2. Adjust mealtimes: Gradually adjust your pet’s mealtimes to align with the new time so they aren’t begging for food.

  3. Make slight adjustments in their exercise and bedtime routines: Make slight adjustments in their exercise and bedtime routines.

  4. Engage them in mentally stimulating activities: Engage them in mentally stimulating activities, such as interactive games, puzzle toys or training sessions.

  5. Increase natural light: Dogs need natural light to stay healthy and happy. Help your dog regulate their internal clock more effectively by providing plenty of light. Consider leaving curtains open if your dog will be indoors during the day. Also, be sure to spend plenty of time outdoors with your dog each day.

  6. Improve sleep hygiene: As your dog adjusts to the time change, they will benefit from getting high-quality sleep at night.

  7. Use automatic feeders: Automatic feeders can be helpful when it comes to schedule adjustments. You can keep your pet’s feeding times consistent throughout the year, no matter what your responsibilities are each day.

  8. Monitor your pet’s behavior: Keep an eye on your pet’s behavior and mood during the transition period. If you notice any unusual behavior, consult your veterinarian.

Remember, pets are sensitive to changes in their environment and routine. By following these tips, you can help your pet adjust to the time change and avoid any unnecessary stress or anxiety.

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