The Dog Days of Winter
“Happiness is a hound dog in the sun” quoting the philosopher Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834).
For over a century, it is known that exposure to light can have positive effects on plants, animals, and people. Light regulates our wellbeing.
People get SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) and animals can suffer too. When people or pets don’t get enough exposure to direct sunlight, more melatonin is produced and feelings of sleepiness or lethargy can develop. Serotonin levels also drop without enough light and that can affects your sleep, mood and appetite.
So what happens if your dog or cat doesn’t get enough sun? If your pets are trapped indoors by bad weather and are showing unexplained fatigue, decreased interest in a favorite toy, or being playful; it may be light deprivation.
Light therapy is a natural way for pets to gain the benefits of sunlight when weather conditions do not allow them to get outside.
We often get calls and photos from customers who find their pets basking in the light of our SunBox units. The SunBox light provides benefits to people and pets. It’s safe UV free light that boosts serotonin and regulates melatonin.
So if you notice your pet’s behavior is not normal this time of year, it may be time for some light therapy!