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With the onset of winters, a dog’s natural mechanism starts working that gets them prepared to battle the harsh weather. The shorter days and longer nights give signals to the dog’s brain and tell them that winter is on its way. Due to this, their metabolism slows down.
Even though a dog’s body naturally prepares itself for the cold weather, taking care of the food is very important. You need to know what to feed and how to change its diet to ensure that your pooch does not lose weight and fall ill.
Here are some tips that will help you feed your pooch during winter:
As per studies, dogs need more calories during winter since the low temperature makes them shed a lot of calories. Dogs, like humans, need to maintain constant body temperature and the way to do it during winter is by shivering. However, shivering leads to a loss of calories in dogs. Dogs, consequently, need more calories to be able to compensate for that loss. Dog owners need to switch up their pooches diet during winter so that they do not lose any extra weight because of shivering.
Does activity levels affect what and how much to feed?
You also need to make a note of your pooch’s activity levels to know how many calories to feed. Some dogs become highly inactive, and feeding them extra calories can lead to weight gain. Tweak your diet and keep a regular check on their weight to know whether you need to increase or decrease the calorie intake for your little friend.
If you see your pooch gaining weight, cut back on the food and feed it less than you used to during summer.
Find activities that you both enjoy
Make sure you give your canine companion enough activity to stop lethargy from setting in. Look for better ways in which you can help your little pooch manage its calories. There are so many options available; you could play indoor games or take your friend to a dog daycare at least twice a week. Nutrition is nothing without proper exercise; make sure you give enough of that to your dog.
Hydration is essential
One thing that should not be compromised on is water. A dog gets dehydrated quickly when the weather is cold and dry. Please keep checking the water bowl and make sure always to fill it. If your dogs stay outside the house during winter, keep a check on the water bowl to see that the water has not frozen. You cannot let your pooch drink snow.
Food that supports their immune system
Just like humans, dogs are also vulnerable to falling sick quickly. Get them good that has high nutritional value and help boost their immune system. Check the nutritional profile of the dog foods before you buy them for your pooch.