What is light therapy?

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Every living organism on this planet relies on sunlight either directly or indirectly for sustenance. However, most pet owners tend to mistakenly ignore their pets’ need for the right amount of sunlight. Although a lot of pets get their share of natural sunlight, there are some who do not have adequate access to natural light, especially if they live in predominantly rainy or dark areas. The owners of such pets need to ensure enough sunlight is provided in some way or  another, since a lack of sunlight can cause a type of depression known as seasonal affective disorder or SAD.

When sunlight strikes the retina, it signals the brain to begin the production of serotonin which is the "feel good" hormone responsible for mood and temperament.  That's why pets with too few windows or continuously cloudy skies can encounter a chemical imbalance in the brain, which results in numerous problems including:  depression, anxiety, lethargy, and depression.

Light Therapy

Light therapy is a way to treat seasonal affective disorder by exposure to artificial sunlight.  Normal household lights are simply not powerful enough to signal the production of serotonin in your pet.  Instead, a UV filtered, medically certified light therapy box is needed. A Light therapy box needs a luminosity of at least 10,000 LUX to have any medical benefit.

street light |  20 LUX

living room lighting |  100 LUX

fluorescent office light |  250 LUX

halogen lamp |  750 LUX

daylight - cloudy sky |  4000 LUX

daylght - clear sky |  10,000 LUX

bright sunlight | > 20,000 LUX

 

100% Natural

Best of all, light therapy is completely natural!  Normally when a pet goes to see his or her veterinarian for the treatment of seasonal depression they are sent home with a prescription for Prozac and a long list of side effects.  In contrast, a visit to Pawsitive Lighting will leave your pet with the gift of eternal sunshine and only one side effect, HAPPINESS.

How to use the sol box

Because cats and dogs have a natural inclination for light, using a light box is far from challenging.  Simply find a place in the house that your pet finds comfortable, turn the light on and and your companion should gravitate towards the light.  While light must reach the eyes, it does not need do so directly.  This means your dog or cat can be participating in other activities while also receiving the benefits of light therapy. (note: They must be within 12 feet of the box in order for it to have medical benefits). The minimum effective dose is about 30 to 45 minutes of light, however there is no harm in letting your pet bask in the refreshing light all day long.  Just be sure to turn the light off at least 4 hours before bedtime as the sol box is working in unison with their circadian rhythm.

 

Most pets will find the light box incredibly comforting and take to it very quickly.  However other pets may be more reluctant to bask in the artificial sunlight which is why we offer a 30 day money back guarantee.  If your pet doesn't love it, simply send it back!  Order Now >>