Animal Mental Health Awareness Week

1st to 7th November


Launched in 2023 from 1-7 November and every year going forward we shall bring awareness to how many of our pets suffer with various mental health challenges.


More so around November due to firework displays and the prolonged use of fireworks after bonfire night itself is why we have chosen this week in November. Our aim long term is to help people understand the impact of their actions when excessive use of entertainment such as fireworks are being over used and to promote better practises to support our animal family and reduce the impacts on those that suffer with their mental health.

We know many people suffer from mental health disorders, but what about animals? If you have ever suspected your dog is depressed or your cat has an obsessive-compulsive disorder, you’re likely to be right! Most vets and animal psychologists agree that animals do suffer with various mental health disorders, although not quite the same as we as people do. For example, mental health challenges in people are often a result of chemical imbalances in the brain for animals it tends to be due to other factors such as not getting enough of what they need or they have been mistreated.

Here we have complied some fascinating things we need to know to support our pet’s mental health better and give us some insight to how to provide better support to our pets that maybe suffering with their mental health.


What to look for

Animals are incredible. If you pay attention to your pet, they always let you know something is wrong. There is no “false bravado” that you see in humans. Pretending not to feel pain is a big thing. Stick around and see if perhaps your pet has been trying to tell you something. 

If you suspect your pet is sick, call your vet immediately. For health-related questions, always consult your veterinarian, as they have examined your pet, know the pet’s health history, and can make the best recommendations for your pet.

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