The change in seasons is not only noticed by people with pets also feeling stressed as the nights get lighter.

From confused feeding times to disrupted walk schedules, our pets can experience anxiety and stress when seasons change.

To help our furry friends out, Dr Daisy May, a veterinary surgeon and pet care writer for All About Parrots, has shared some tips to help with the transition.

6 difficulties your pet might face this spring

Separation anxiety

As the lighter nights get closer, you might find you’re spending more time out of the house and your pet might experience separation anxiety.

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To help ease them into this new routine, you should gradually increase the time away from your home and your pet, starting with short intervals before extended absences.

Mealtime changes

Adjusting feeding times gradually can help pets get used to a new schedule without undue stress.

Digestive upset and behavioural issues can be caused by abrupt changes to mealtimes.

Outdoor activities

With longer daylight hours pets might spend more time outdoors and it's essential to ensure their safety by checking for potential hazards in the yard.

These include toxic plants, chemicals or sharp objects.


Pollen and other allergens can trigger allergic reactions in pets so keep an eye out for symptoms such as itching, sneezing, and watery eyes.

Consult with a veterinarian if necessary.

Increased flea and tick activity

Flea and tick populations surge with warmer weather and regular preventive measures such as flea and tick treatments are essential to protect pets from these parasites.

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Runaway pets

Keep an eye on your pet as animals are naturally curious and as the weather gets warmer doors and windows might be left open, providing an easy escape for those inquisitive pets. 

5 tips to help your pet adjust to spring

Dr Daisy May, a veterinary surgeon and pet care writer for All About Parrots, shares five tips to help mitigate stress for our pets this spring.

Gradually adjust meal and walk times by shifting them by 10-15 minutes each day leading up to the time change.

To help alleviate anxiety and to keep your pet occupied, provide plenty of mental and physical stimulation.

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Promote restful sleep by maintaining a consistent bedtime routine for your pet.

If necessary, you could try using calming aids such as pheromone diffusers or calming supplements.

Monitor pets closely for any signs of stress or discomfort and seek veterinary advice if needed.

As spring approaches and the clocks prepare to go forward, Dr. May urges pet owners to be proactive in ensuring their pets’ well-being.

By understanding and addressing the potential challenges associated with the time change, pet owners can help their pets navigate this transition smoothly.