5 Important Things To Keep Your Pet Warm This Winter!
Dogs may change exercise and eating habits because of the weather. In fact, it takes more calories to keep dogs warm in winters. You may wonder what are the right products for pets that are must-haves for dog owners like chewsticks. It’s all about how you do it and what you feed them. Here are five tips that will help you keep your pets warm and healthy this winter.
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1. Add Calories For Dogs Who Stay Outside
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For dogs that spend a lot of time outside, increase the amount of food they eat. You can do this by switching from one meal a day to two or even three small servings. Add some warm chicken broth to their dry meals to will make the it more appealing for the doggos. Feeding a puppy ration to adult dogs can increase the calories for them puppers. Or simply change the food to a more calorie dense “super premium” food that is the equivalent of rocket fuel for doggos.
2. Reduce The Amount For Lazy Paws
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Dogs can turn into couch-potatoes when they get less exercise. Less exercise translates into more poundage, and a fat dog is not healthy. When your dog starts putting on weight in winters, reducing the amount of food can keep their waist trim. This may be as simple as curbing the treats, or switching to healthier low-calorie treats instead. You will need to measure the amount of food you put in the bowl, and meal-feed instead of filling up the buffet for all day grazing. This might affect the amount of body warmth they generate, so buy a fleece blanket to keep them warm!
3. Choose Diet Food
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You can also switch pudgy pooches to a weight reducing food. Like humans, weight loss in dogs must be gradual and dogs won’t enjoy the process if they’re hungry all the time. Be aware that different brands won’t have the same amount of calories and that a diet food from one might even have MORE calories than the “regular” food from another brand. So they can be the best thing for your pupper and while they keep them in shape and they will also keep them warm.
4. Provide Supplements
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Most commercial dog foods claim that they are “complete and balanced”. But some dogs still benefit from a supplement that helps them with digestion or that aids with creaky arthritic knees. Consider glucosamine or chondroitin supplements if your dog’s joints could use an extra boost. Keep them comfy and warm in their beds, if you don’t have one, buy now!
5. Change Diets Gradually
It’s great to adjust your dogs’ diet during the winter to help them get the best nutrition possible. But switching the diet too abruptly can lead to diarrhoea or vomiting, or simply prompt your pooch to snub the bowl. Instead, offer new foods slowly. Mix the new with the old food 50/50 for the first several days, and then gradually increase the new and decrease the old. Do this over a period of a week to ten days to reduce the chance of problems.
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