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'SAD' pets now have their own light to boost a blue mood
KATU News ^ | Dec 28, 2012 | Erica Nochlin KATU News and KATU.com Staff

Posted on 01/01/2013 12:19:14 AM PST by Slings and Arrows

PORTLAND, Ore. – Here in the Northwest you've probably heard of Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. It's where you get depressed during the gray, winter months. But have you heard of SAD in pets?

A Portland man says the condition exists, and he's created a treatment – a light-box for your dog or cat. It's the first of its kind to be made specifically for pets.

The light itself is the same as the human versions, but it's all about the design that makes it different. It's small, portable, has safe corners and it easily sits on the ground.

Max Marvin is the founder of Pawsitive Lighting. He said he got the idea when he was having sleep problems and a specialist suggested a light-box for him. But he was surprised when his golden retriever, Luke, like it just as much. Now they both use the light.

"It does give him that boost of energy in the morning as it does myself," he said. "Instead of maybe crawling back into bed and going back to sleep, he's anxious to go out and go jump around in the water."

Marvin said the recommended dose of light is 30 to 45 minutes a day; and it can't hurt to let your dog be in the light for longer.

Portland animal behaviorist Dr. Christopher Pachel said there aren’t enough studies to know for sure if Seasonal Affective Disorder really exists in pets.

"It's theoretically possible. I see no reason to suggest why it couldn't occur. I just don't have any reason to say it does. I'd be curious to see how animals would respond to it," he said. "Certainly we’re willing to reach any and all options for helping some of the pets that we see for behavior disorders."

Marvin is selling his pet-friendly device around the world for $200.

He said: "The response has been overwhelmingly 'pawsitive.' Pardon the pun."


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: kittyping
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1 posted on 01/01/2013 12:19:25 AM PST by Slings and Arrows
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2 posted on 01/01/2013 12:28:46 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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5 posted on 01/01/2013 12:37:37 AM PST by Daffynition (Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious. ~ HLM)
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6 posted on 01/01/2013 1:05:41 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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That picture is the result you get when shining a flashlight in a Libs ear........


7 posted on 01/01/2013 1:07:47 AM PST by xrmusn (6/98 "It is virtually impossible to clean the pond as long as the pigs are still crapping in it")
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8 posted on 01/01/2013 1:25:00 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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Seeing that face in the photo, I can believe SAD disorder is possible in pets. :o)

The light therapy could probably help a lot of people with depression, especially in the winter.


9 posted on 01/01/2013 4:07:07 AM PST by Twinkie (OBAMA is the FISCAL CLIFF !!)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Mine get outside plenty. I know its a crazy idea but it just might work.

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Mine can run in and out at will but I go out with them a lot because its good for me too.
10 posted on 01/01/2013 4:07:42 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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It keeps going and going and going....


11 posted on 01/01/2013 5:38:03 AM PST by Daffynition (Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious. ~ HLM)
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Who needs energy?

MISSY

12 posted on 01/01/2013 6:20:51 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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14 posted on 01/01/2013 9:19:37 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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When our dog gets sad he retires to his plush leopard skin motif petbed and dreams of chasing a rabbit. By dinner time he’s as good as new.


16 posted on 01/01/2013 10:23:42 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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When baby kittens get sad their mamas hug them.
17 posted on 01/01/2013 10:48:15 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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Awwwww....

That makes so many things so much better!

Fangs!


18 posted on 01/01/2013 2:12:39 PM PST by Monkey Face (It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle)
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SAD is bad for all animals. I’m glad someone has realized this, and that you posted it!


19 posted on 01/01/2013 2:16:10 PM PST by Monkey Face (It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle)
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My pleasure, especially since <brag>I'm the one who wrote the caption</brag>.
20 posted on 01/01/2013 2:17:38 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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You are SUCH a ... a... a CARER!

LOL!

The Stig thanks you!

(And now that I am in a much larger apartment, I’m considering a four-footed furry something for companionship and BP lowering. I just can’t decide which to get...canine or feline. I don’t think the rules allow one of each, darnit.)


21 posted on 01/01/2013 2:23:19 PM PST by Monkey Face (It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle)
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My pleasure, especially since I'm the one who wrote the caption.

Whoops, thought you were referring to a different post! Let me just revise that to "my pleasure."

22 posted on 01/01/2013 2:25:04 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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Whichever one you choose, please post pix.


23 posted on 01/01/2013 2:26:48 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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You posted it, I read it, and I agree...no apologies necessary! LOL!

Happy New Year!


24 posted on 01/01/2013 2:27:47 PM PST by Monkey Face (It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle)
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How sweet!


25 posted on 01/01/2013 2:35:51 PM PST by berdie
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