Dogs are thought to be man’s one of the best friends. So if you want to find out how to feed this best friend of yours during the harsh winters, you are on the correct page.
Dogs are not that different from humans when it comes to producing body heat. Though they have a natural fur coat all over their body, they need ample amount of nutritious food to produce body fat and hence produce body heat.
Which foods would you prefer during winter?
A hot bowl of soup maybe, with some freshly baked biscuits? A cup of hot chocolate? But the question is , what does your dog want?
This question can only be answered by a dog whisperer. Which is very scarce nowadays. But we can surely provide you with some feeding tips for dogs, especially for the winter.
What Type of Foods are Perfect: As the days get shorter and the night gets longer, the temperature drops. In this situation all animals need to maintain their core temperature. How do they do that? They produce heat. where does this heat come from you ask?
From the stored fat in the bodies. So, how to replenish the stored fat which has been used up for producing heat?
The answer is good food. You should not only think about the quality of the food but also consider the quantity. During the winter dogs should be fed more than one time a day, preferably three times a day. Foods rich in protein, carbohydrates and fat should be considered.
Protein produces omega fatty acids which result in more comfortable coats. The calorie count should be increased.
Which Foods should You Choose: Puppies need more energy than adult dogs in the winter as they are in their growing phase. A balanced diet with supplements should aid in their growth. Warm food should be supplied to them. Fresh raw meat should be included in the diet. Turkey fat is very suitable for dogs in winter.
There are lots of recipes online. Adding vegetables is also wise. Vegetables like pumpkin, celery, zucchini, cauliflower and other type pf marrow vegetables should be considered.
Carbohydrate must be increase in their diet. More rice and porridge should be included in your dog’s diet. Hot drinking water will have a positive effect on your dog’s health during winter.
What should You do During Winter Diseases: During winter dogs become prone to arthritis. To counter this disease dogs should be given nutritional supplements containing glucosamine hydrochloride and chondroitin sulphate. As for old dogs, the meals should be more frequent. Active dogs should receive the same diet except vitamin supplements during the winter. There are many types of dogs, some with thick fur coat, some with rare fur coat.
If the temperature falls below 40 degrees you should consider equipping them with dog sweaters which are quite available now a days. Natural warmer supplement containing silica should be included in your dog’s diet as silica is good for cell development.
But there should be considerable interval in the supplement consumptions so that their bodies eliminate the existing supplement.
Don’t treat your dog like a trash can. Raw meat with high cartilage content or high fat content might be cheap but not an ideal diet for your dog. Try feeding your dog fresh raw meat during winter. If you are able to cook it then you should.
Try buying meat from farms having humane farming method. The quality of the meat differs on the basis of how the animals were treated. So, try to give him the best food for keeping your dog fit and healthy.