There is limited research on whether pets, specifically dogs and cats, can experience seasonal depression or a condition known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD). SAD is a type of depression that is related to changes in the seasons and is more common in humans. It is characterized by a pattern of depression that occurs during the same time each year, typically in the fall or winter months.

While it is possible that pets may experience changes in their behavior or energy level due to changes in the seasons, it is not clear if they can experience SAD in the same way that humans do.

Some signs that a pet may be experiencing changes in their behavior or energy level due to changes in the seasons may include:

  • Decreased activity level or interest in play
  • Changes in appetite or weight
  • Changes in sleeping patterns
  • Decreased social interaction or grooming

If you notice any changes in your pet’s behavior or energy level that are unusual or persistent, it is important to consult with a veterinarian. They can help to determine the cause of the changes and recommend any necessary treatment.

In the meantime, there are things you can do to help your pet stay healthy and happy during the colder months, such as providing them with plenty of exercise and mental stimulation, maintaining a consistent routine, and keeping their living environment comfortable.