As the clocks leap forward or fall back for Daylight Savings Time (DST), it’s not just humans who feel the shift — our pets do, too. At VIP Pet Services, we understand how even a one-hour change can ripple through the routine of our pets. With over two decades of pet care expertise, we’re here to guide you through adjusting your pet’s schedule smoothly, ensuring they remain happy and healthy during this transition.


Pets, much like people, thrive on consistency. Their internal clocks, or circadian rhythms, are finely tuned to the day’s natural light and dark cycles. When Daylight Savings Time disrupts this balance, it can temporarily confuse their eating, sleeping, and activity schedules. You might notice your dog waking up earlier for their morning walk or your cat becoming more vocal about their feeding time.


Gradual Adjustments

Begin tweaking your pet’s schedule by adjusting their daily routines in small increments a week before Daylight Savings Time begins — about 10 to 15 minutes earlier or later, depending on the time change. This method is particularly useful for feeding and exercise times. For instance, if your dog is used to eating at 7 AM, feed them at 6:45 AM for a few days, then 6:30 AM, gradually getting to the new time. This slow shift prior to Daylight Savings Time can help prevent digestive issues that might arise from an abrupt change in feeding times. Similarly, adjust their bedtime and wake-up times to help their body clock adapt without causing undue stress.

Extra Exercise

Increasing physical activity is not just about more of the same. Try introducing new types of exercises or activities that can mentally stimulate your pet as well to help them adjust to Daylight Savings Time. For dogs, consider agility training, puzzle toys, or scent games that make them think and work for their treats. For cats, interactive toys or even a new climbing tree can provide the extra stimulation needed to adjust. These activities can tire them out physically and mentally, encouraging a better adaptation to the new schedule. If your dog is struggling with adjustment, hiring a dog walker can help.

Sticking to a Routine

While consistency is crucial, flexibility within that routine can also be beneficial. If your pet seems particularly restless or out of sorts due to the time change, consider introducing a quiet, calming activity into their routine, like a gentle grooming session or a quiet cuddle time. This can help them settle down and feel more secure amidst the change. Additionally, maintaining a consistent environment, such as the placement of their bed, toys, and feeding area, can provide additional comfort and stability.

Watch for Behavioral Changes

Beyond the usual signs of stress or anxiety, such as excessive barking, meowing, or pacing, watch for subtler signs like changes in appetite or grooming habits. These can also indicate your pet is struggling with the adjustment. Introducing calming aids, such as pheromone diffusers for dogs and cats, or calming chews, can help ease this transition. Always consult with your veterinarian before introducing any new supplement or product to your pet’s routine.

Patience and Understanding

Understanding that each pet’s adaptation period will differ is key. Some may adjust within a few days, while others might take a couple of weeks. During this time, maintaining a positive demeanor and using encouraging words can help reinforce a sense of normalcy for your pet. Remember, your pet can pick up on your emotions, so staying calm and collected can help them feel more at ease. If your pet struggles significantly with the change, consider reaching out to a pet behaviorist for additional strategies tailored to your pet’s needs.

Implementing these expanded tips can help ensure a smoother transition for your pets during Daylight Savings Time. At VIP Pet Services, we understand the importance of your pet’s well-being and are here to support you with knowledge and care tailored to your pet’s unique needs.


At VIP Pet Services, we’re more than just pet sitting and dog walking professionals; we’re your trusted partners in ensuring your pet’s well-being throughout their life. With our comprehensive range of pet care services, including pet sitting, dog walking, and more, we’re here to support you and your furbabies through every time change and beyond.

As we prepare for this biyearly disruption in our perception of time, let’s ensure our pets’ routines transition as smoothly as possible. With a little preparation and a lot of love, we can help minimize the impact of Daylight Savings Time on our pets. After all, their happiness and health are always worth that extra hour.

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