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Dogs get SAD!

THERE IS evidence that, like some human beings, dogs and cats seem to suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), with the dark winter months inducing depression.

The PDSA found that not only did dogs seem more down when the sun isn't shining, but they also displayed behaviour patterns similar to those that humans use to beat the blues. During periods of low levels of light, which is believed to lead to a chemical imbalance in the area of the brain that controls sleep, appetite, mood and activity, Ms Pendlebury advised that owners try to comfort their pets by playing games and trying to keep them active.

Failing that though, exercise helps!