Psychology prof tells Oregonian readers how to help pets during winter

Pets suffer from seasonal affective disorder too, says psychology Professor Mary Lee Nitschke, who outlined steps to protect pets from winter depression.

Rainy days get some humans down, and they may not be alone.

“If your dog or cat seems lethargic or refuses to eat, they may be depressed, and when a pet is down in the dumps it can lead to physical problems,” says Nitschke, an animal behaviorist.

A survey by British veterinary organization PDSA found that one in three dog owners notice Fido becomes less playful and appears sad during dreary winter months.

Nitschke offers some tips to ease the depression. … MORE