DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME:
6 Pet Tips for DST
Daylight saving time (DST) is the practice of advancing clocks during summer months so that evening daylight lasts longer, while sacrificing normal sunrise times. Typically, regions that use daylight saving time adjust clocks forward one hour close to the start of spring and adjust them backward in the autumn to standard time. In effect, DST causes a lost hour of sleep in the spring and an extra hour of sleep in the fall.
- Daylight Savings Time begins at 2 a.m. on the second Sunday of March. We move the clock ahead one hour.
- Daylight Savings Time ends at 2 a.m. on the first Sunday of November. We move the clock back one hour.
Like people, pets also sometimes have an adjustment to make to their internal clocks until it syncs with the actual new clock time. Listed here are 6 Pet Tips to help make sure your pet ‘springs’ forward smoothly when the clock ‘falls’ back OR help them ‘fall’ playfully back to their normal selves when the clock ‘springs’ forward!
In fact, you can use these same DST Pet Tips twice a year — once when Daylight Savings Time Ends (first Sunday in November) and once when DTS begins (second Sunday of March).
(1) PET MEDICATIONS
You should check the expiration date of all your pet medications to make sure they are still up-to-date. If any have expired, throw them away (and make sure pets can’t reach the meds you disposed of).
(2) DOSAGE TIME
If you give your pet their medication at a specific time, at least for the first day, stagger the dosage time of the medication. Getting back on regular schedule for the meds can be quickly done, and by doing this can help their internal clock adjust to the new time, and, they also won’t be going without their meds for much longer/shorter period of time. Note, some pets may need longer/shorter adjustment periods – especially if timed medication is a must. Often times even the slightest adjustment could become a trigger. (Consult your vet if necessary)
(3) PHONE NUMBERS
Make sure all the important phone numbers related to your pet are current — check and update the vet, emergency vet clinic, Poison Control, etc. numbers if necessary, and also make sure the list is posted by/on your phone.
(4) PET WINDOW CLINGS
Pet Window Clings are static stickers that cling to windows to alert rescue workers that there are pets inside. When checking the clings, make sure: Is it still clinging to the window? Is it still legible? Has the sun faded any of the info of the cling? Are the number of pets on the cling still accurate? The information on the cling is very important to the emergency personnel (such as the Fire Department) that could help save your pet’s life in case of a fire or some other disaster. You can order a FREE Pet Safety Pack from the ASPCA online, which includes a window cling and Poison Control Center — click here.
(5) FIRST AID KIT & SUMMER/WINTER SAFETY ITEMS
Make sure your pet safety kit is current and up to code. Replace any items that are out of date, missing, or broken.
- For Summer: Have on hand variety of items to help cool your pet down such as Doggy Sun Wipes, non-glass water bowl for outside, collapsible travel water bowl.
- For Winter: Have clean towels for drying off pets or removing ice from them; outdoor dish that won’t freeze or crack with their outdoor source of water; pet-friendly sidewalk ice dissolvers for when you take them for a walk (do not use salt).
(6) PET’S BEDDING
You should inspect all bedding, blankets, crates, dog house, etc. to make sure they are clean, functional and providing adequate protection.