Sad time for pets.

PUBLISHED: 13:01 04 September 2008 | UPDATED: 22:17 15 June 2010

SEPTEMBER is the saddest month for domestic animals – according to an Axminster pet store. Pets at Home believe that after a summer full of attention, the back-to-school period can be a depressing time for our furry friends. Store manager Nick Duckett sa

SEPTEMBER is the saddest month for domestic animals - according to an Axminster pet store.

Pets at Home believe that after a summer full of attention, the back-to-school period can be a depressing time for our furry friends.

Store manager Nick Duckett said: "Pets are very sociable and need our companionship just as much as we need theirs. This is especially true of children who have the time and the patience to play with the family pet and form a special bond with it.

"When that bond is broken, if only for a few hours, the pet feels depressed and lonely. That's why it's vital to give your pet extra love and attention this September."

He recommends leaving the radio or TV on to reassure them someone is home, giving some kind of attention -even if it is just an extra long walk, offering them 'comfort and cuddle' toys.


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