We all are familiar with the struggle of losing and gaining weight. Especially during the winter months. When exercise becomes a bane and all you can think about is food and your cozy blanket. Weight gain in winters is a brutal fact of life and the same fact is applicable to your dog. As soon as the temperature drops, your dog’s metabolism rate also drops and they basically enter the hibernating mode. This also means that your dog will definitely gain weight as long as it’s snowing and cold outside.
Additionally, winters are loaded with holidays and sumptuous meals. Even though you restrain yourself from pouring everything into your dog’s plate, somehow the holiday spirit takes over. Gradually, you end up serving more than required. And this is quite natural for domesticated pets. In fact, if you see your dog taking frequent breaks, it indicates that he is having a hard time digesting food. In the end, your dog ends up gaining a few pounds. But you don’t have to worry about your dog’s weight because we have some tips for you. These tips will help keep your dog from gaining extra pounds.
Consult your veterinarian
Consulting a licensed veterinarian before winters arrive is always the best idea. Especially when your dog id already dealing with weight issues. After all who knows your dog’s health better than your vet. Your vet will examine the health of your dog and then offer some advice. The advice will be usually based on the metabolism of your dog. Because slow metabolism will require you to pay extra attention.
A vet can tell you about the type of food you should give to your dog, form a dietary plan for your dog, and a structured exercise program as well. So, make sure you go visit a vet before you decide to go ahead and make your own plans. Also, it is noteworthy, that dogs who are overweight should follow the regime decided by the veterinarian. A self-made regiment can prove fatal because dogs dealing with obesity are closer to heart diseases.
Measure your dog’s meal
One of the easiest ways to cut winter’s fat is by limiting the amount of food going into your dog’s plate. It is time to count the number of calories your dog or emotional support dog consumes. You can choose healthy food and cut down the treats to a minimum. However, make sure that your dog is not starving because sometimes dog owners can be excessively possessive about the health of their dogs. Which is not at all good. In fact, gaining a few pounds is not bad. You can definitely work on the weight of your dog but serving very little or less food is not a thoughtful idea.
Moreover, you can always take professional help and ask your vet about the food items that will keep them healthy and in proper shape. You can also measure the meal you are serving to your dog with the help of a measuring cup. This way you will know how much-processed food you need to give to your dog. Whether your dog is neutered, spayed, dog’s age, height and lifestyle are also some factors that you need to consider.
Feed your dog food rich in nutrition
Just like you start eating healthy to lead a healthier life the same rule applies to your dog. Start giving nutritious food to your dog this winters. After all your dog’s health is measured by the type of food you are giving him. For starters add green vegetables like broccoli and spinach to the diet. Vegetables will help your dog fight diseases. Next, pick highly nutritious and quality food items like berries, apples. Did you know that apples can increase fiber and your dog? A fiber-rich diet will give your dog a feeling of being full without having to serve any high-calorie processed food.
Cut down on treats
Your furry little friend loves treats. But those treats can be hard to digest on a wintery evening. I am not asking you to completely prohibit them from having nice treats. Instead, treating your dog or your emotional support dog for that matter is a good way to let them know that you care for them. I personally, use treats to train my dog and develop good habits. However, we are talking about your dog’s weight here and you have to take that factor into consideration. So, make sure you give them treats when needed and replace the processed treats with healthy snacks and home-made recipes. My favorite is apple pumpkin bones but you can decide what your dog likes and give him home-made dog treats.
Dogs are fond of eating and it is hard to ignore two big eyes constantly staring at you for food. Your heart will definitely melt. But if you give your dog the right food. By the right food, I mean a diet that is rich in nutrition and food items that are dog-friendly. So, if you follow this practice and the tips I have mentioned in this post, you will definitely help your dog live longer. Now, go ahead and take a good look at your dog’s food. See if it is healthy, look for all the food items that will add weight during winters and prevent your dog from adding an extra layer of fat under the furry coat.