Winter is coming

Winter is around the corner, if not on the doorstep for some of us. Have you noticed your dog demanding more food?  Seeming as though they haven’t eaten just moments after feeding? Don’t be alarmed by any of their hard pressure tactics; this is all normal behaviour, beyond their control. It is even quoted by Rodney Habib:  "Studies have found the same thing: dogs that live or play in cold temperatures need 10% to 90% more calories to increase fat and insulation. They also need to compensate for more shivering as it apparently burns a ton of calories! Researchers found if these pets don’t have sufficient calories they will lose weight."

It is physiological; dogs have instincts that prepare them for the start of winter. Shorter days cause changes to your dog’s metabolism, prompting increased appetite. For working dogs in cold weather environments, calorie intake must increase dramatically. The adaptation to nature is quite different for members of our family.  Although dogs may need an extra layer in winter, make sure it comes from a coat and not a layer of fat. Cold temperatures may even bring on lazy behaviour and the need for fewer calories. Be attentive to your dog’s activity level and adjust her calories accordingly.  The best advice is to keep it simple with some healthy winter food options. The amount of calories your dog consumes during the winter depends entirely on your dog.  If your dog spends as much time outside in the winter as they do at other times of the year, they may need some extra calories to supply the energy required to fight the cold. If your dog is a little less active during the cold winter months, you will want to watch his or her weight to make sure they are not getting more calories than they can use, since overweight dogs have more health issues. A good article by Wholesome Canine discusses obesity in dogs and what you can do to extend their life.

However the winter season affects them, do your best friends a favour - make sure you choose healthy treat options like our seasonal Canine Candy Canes. Flying Hound has a genuine interest in your dog’s health and happiness.We love dogs!