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Daylight Savings Time: How Does It Affect Your Pet?

The longed-for “Fall Back” in November and the dreaded “Spring Forward” in March can produce a range of complications for humans, from barely a blip to a good few days of cantankerousness.  Soon, though, life goes on as normal.

Best Pet Sitters and Dog Walkers in Carrollton, TX

Have you ever wondered what your pet thinks about these artificial schedule re-sets?  Humans and animals alike are biologically predisposed to circadian rhythms, nature’s 24-hour cycle for physiological processes; however, humans tend to react more on external cues when it comes to operating on a schedule than pets do.  So, while we can find DST disconcerting, your pet may be adversely affected to a greater degree, dogs much more so than cats.

Exercise, feeding, and potty times are fairly “set” in your pet’s mind and aren’t reliant on the external clock.  While you’re enjoying that extra hour of sleep in Autumn, your dog is expecting you to get up and let him out to potty.  Conversely, your dog may wonder why you’re waking him “in the middle of the night” to let him out.  This schedule “upset” can cause some anxiety to your fur-baby who simply doesn’t understand DST.

What to do?  You can help ease anxiety by adjusting your dog’s schedule in smaller increments in the weeks leading up to DST.  Adjust your pet’s schedule forward or back by 10-15 minutes for a few days.  Then adjust another 10-15 minutes for a few days.  On the actual day of clock changing, your pet (and you!) will already be on your new schedule.

Cats are more resilient to external schedules and generally won’t need any coaxing from you.  Since your cat has “indoor facilities” and usually has some dry food and water available at all times, they’re free to stick to their circadian rhythms.  Besides, we all know cats do what they want whenever they want!

If your pet seems anxious through this period offer lots of extra cuddles.  Your favorite VIP pet sitter may have more tips and tricks, specific to your pet.  Feel free to call as your pet sitter is always happy to help!  Even if your pet seems just fine, it’s always a great idea to offer extra cuddles!

Storme

Storme

Resident Pets

I have been a dog owner and dog lover my entire life! I grew up with 3 schnauzers, and since then I have had a black lab, a pug, and a couple of loveable rescue mutts. I currently have two rescue Pit mixes, and they are the loves of my life!  Their names are Luna and Ringo.  Luna is my beautiful, spoiled little princess and Ringo has more personality and energy than any pup I’ve ever known!

What is the funniest or most memorable experience you’ve have with an animal?

My husband and I moved from New York City to Austin a few years ago.  We drove 1800 miles with our two 70 lb pit mixes and a U-haul trailer attached to our tiny car.  Being raised in NYC, our pups were not used to riding in cars, and they refused to lie quietly in the backseat. They insisted on riding in my lap the entire trip while my husband drove.  That’s 140 lbs of panting, drooling Pitbulls in my lap for 2 days straight. In a tiny car. In the middle of summer.

Why do you love working with animals?

I find it extremely important to keep mind, body, and spirit in balance. However, society is constantly reminding us just how unbalanced and disconnected life can be. Working with animals helps to keep me grounded and re-establishes the healthy balance that we struggle maintain in our busy lives.  Their accepting and unconditional nature is truly a wonderful gift that I cherish daily.

What is your ultimate goal in life?

My dream is to someday own a home on a few acres of land, that my husband and I can turn into a doggy sanctuary.  There are too many wonderful dogs in shelters that deserve a chance at a great life.  I hope to be able to provide a happy forever home to as many dogs as I can manage!

Gail – Pet Camp

Resident Pets

My current pets are Chewbacca, a Shih-Poo who is 18 months old, Miss Cleopatra a 9 year old Maine Coon cat, King Tut – American short hair, orange tabby, who is 9 years old and Hansel an American long hair, black cat also 9 years old.

What I Enjoy Most About My Job

The no stress effort of being with animals!

Funniest Pet Experience

Coming out of a pet store a gentleman stopped, looked at me with my gray hair and them my dog Chewbacca who is gray and commented…you really do look like your dog!

What Our Pet Friends Teach Us

Patience & unconditional love, my doggy and cats love me no matter what!