Get a Pre-Winter Health Report. They say that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and it should be no different for our pets. Taking your dog to the vet before winter gets into full swing is a great way to get ahead of any problems that could flare during the season. This is also an ideal time to work with your vet on setting winter weight and health care goals as well as getting recommendations for how to reach them.
Winterize Your Dog’s Workout. Healthy levels of activity are essential for your dog’s physical and mental well-being. And even in the face of deep snow drifts or bone-chilling temps, you and your pup can still stay active.
When the winter classics such as sledding and snowman-building fail you, look no further than your own living room. Get a game of indoor fetch going with your dog, or race him around the house and up the stairs to get the both of you moving.
Resist the Urge. Chilly days are perfect for staying inside and indulging in our favorite treats. But just like humans, dogs can easily pack on the pounds during winter. So ensure you continue following their feeding instructions closely and always avoid giving them table scraps, no matter how convincing their puppy eyes may be. Furthermore, ensure all your wintertime houseguests avoid giving into those puppy eyes and donating table scraps, too. Doing this will not only save him from surplus calories that quickly add up, but his table manners will improve dramatically as well.
Adjust Your Dog’s Diet. Unless your dog typically maintains his activity level during the winter, he may not need as many calories as he does in the warmer months. Talk to your vet and adjust your pup’s diet accordingly.
Source: Just Right by Purina
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