Do Dogs Need To Eat More In The Winter?

fat dogJust because humans like to eat more and move less during the cold, dark winter months, it doesn’t mean our dogs should be doing the same.

While we feel they may need the extra nutrients for “insulation” during the winter the reality of it is that most pets aren’t living outside, nor are they hibernating, like Bears.

Generally, dogs get less activity in the winter months, as either weather conditions or the conditions of their humans prevent outdoor exercise.

It’s not necessary to add food to your dogs diet during the winter months as increasing food intake and decreasing exercise could lead to obesity in your dog.

Here are a few things you can do during the winter months to help your dog:

  • Provide plenty of mental stimulation-Brush up on your basic obedience commands, we recommend during feeding times, to keep your dogs brain active, which will help beat boredom.
  • Get your dog plenty of exercise-bring them to Camp to run around with their friends or play ball/do tricks in the house to keep your dog active.
  • Resist the urge to allow your dog to indulge in table scraps as those rich, fatty foods could cause an upset stomach and lead to obesity.

A tip on treats: you may want to lay off the packaged treats during the winter months and substitute for healthy fruits and vegetables instead. No need to pile on empty calories when you’re getting less exercise. 

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