You don't need to completely change your dog's diet during the colder months, but there are definitely a few things to pay attention to. Here are 3 Winter feeding tips for dogs.
Be careful with Holiday treats
It is easy to overindulge during Winter especially when the holiday season comes around. Naturally, we also tend to feed our pets one too many treats at this time of the year. The best thing you can do to care for your dog's health is to keep the treats for special occasions, especially as they are most likely exercising less.
Plus, many "holiday foods" can actually be toxic for dogs and should be kept out of reach. You're probably thinking of chocolate, but macadamia nuts, raisins, treats containing Xylitol are as dangerous.
Manage their caloric intake based on their weight
Some dogs burn more calories keeping their body warm and will therefore need to eat more to maintain their weight. On the other hand, some dogs are less active, stay inside most of the day and will most likely not expand as much energy.
The best way to go about it is to feed your dog the same amount and monitor their weight every couple weeks to adjust their food intake accordingly.
Look after their joints
The cold and dry weather can make your dog's joints more fragile and prone to injury, especially in older dogs or pooches than are prone to arthritis. It is easier to feed your dog foods that include a joint supplement so that you don't have to give them anything on the side.
A lot of our recipes contain our unique Joint Care pack, especially formulated to support your dog's joints all year round.
Bonus tip: Hydration is key
Ensuring your dog stays hydrated isn't only a Summer mission. Winter can also be very dry and dehydrating, therefore you should keep an eye on your dog's water bowl to ensure they are drinking enough.
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