Spring Forward with Our Furry Friends: Navigating Daylight Saving Time Together

March 7, 2024

March 10, 2024 marks the day we “spring forward” by setting our clocks forward one hour. Also known as daylight saving time (DST), while we might lose a precious hour of sleep, our pets experience a shift in their internal clock as well.

So how can we and our furry friends adjust to this daylight change? Here are some tips:

  1. Take it easy: Instead of suddenly changing your and your pet’s routine on March 10, gradually adjust your and your furry friends’ feeding times, walks, and playtimes by at least 15-minute increments over a week. This allows you to take it easy and adapt more easily.
  2. Stick to the new schedule: Once DST is here, try to maintain a consistent feeding and walking time as much as possible. This will help provide not only you, but your pet with a sense of predictability and adjust to the new patterns you have established.
  3. Be patient: It’s normal for you and your furry friend to experience temporary brain fog. After all, you are waking up earlier, may be more restless, and may be generally thrown off by these new patterns. Be patient with yourself and your furry companions by offering them extra love and reassurance during DST.
  4. Embrace the extra sunshine: While we might be feeling a bit sleep-deprived, the extra hour of evening sunlight can be a positive change. Take advantage of this time for extended walks, playtime in the backyard, or simply cuddling on the porch while enjoying the warm rays.

Remember we as humans often rely on routine and stability, but our animals rely on us for the same thing. By helping yourself adjust to DST, you are ensuring a smooth transition for both you and your furry companion. So, on March 10 as we “spring forward,” let’s not forget to spring forward with our animal friends in mind!

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