2 Tips for Pet Winter Diet Needs

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Dogs and cats may have winter specific nutrition needs.

From Pets Best, pet health insurance for dogs and cats.

It is important that your pet be fed a high quality diet throughout the year. And based on the time of year, your dogs and cats nutritional needs can vary.

Tip 1

According to Richard Pitcairn, DVM, author of “The Complete Guide to Natural Health For Dogs And Cats,” exposure to cold weather demands increased calories to keep them warm. He suggests these calories are best supplied by a high-fat diet. Some examples of foods that provide a balanced protein to fat content include lean hamburger or roasted chicken. Never give your dog or cat bones to eat. They can choke on them and/or the bones can splinter off inside of your dog or cat causing further health issues.

Tip 2

The amount of food that indoor pets are fed should be monitored as well. During the cold winter months, indoor pets are often less active. This can cause them to gain weight even though they are eating the same amount of food they eat when they are active. To prevent weight gain this winter, engage in daily physical activity with your pet. This can mean a few short walks throughout the day, a game of fetch in the backyard, or play sessions inside the house.

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