How to take care of your pet’s nutritional needs in winter; The expert offers advice

Whether your pet loves the cold or prefers to snuggle up on the couch with a soft blanket, you need to be prepared for the winter season. Winter means not only a change in weather and seasons, but also a change in your pet’s usual diet. Many pet owners are unaware of the importance of changing their pet’s diet during the colder months. Many places can experience many freezing colds and torrential rains in late fall and winter. You might consider changing your pet’s diet as the weather gets colder and the days get shorter. Your location, the type of wintry weather there, and the amount of time you spend with your pet will all influence the answer. (Also read: 6 Common Pet Winter Illnesses and How to Avoid Them )

In an interview with HT Lifestyle, Dr. Shantanu Kalambi, Chief Veterinarian, Supertails.com, explained the importance of a nutritious diet for pets during the winter.

Feeding your pets the right nutrition in the right proportions is crucial. Pets need a specific ratio of protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals and water each day to maintain regular bodily functions. Just like humans, different pets have different nutritional needs. Compared to adult animals, newborns and young animals have different needs. Pets that are pregnant, nursing or have diabetes have distinct nutritional needs. It is important to provide the right nutrition to prevent or manage health issues like obesity, diarrhea, arthritis, thyroid, etc. These nutrients help maintain the normal functioning of your pet’s metabolism and immune system.

Winter can impact your pet’s appetite just like other seasons. Pets eat more during the winter because they need a little extra fat to stave off the cold and stay warm. However, you should know that overeating can lead to overweight and other serious diseases. As the temperature drops, pets move less and exercise less. As a result, their metabolism slows down and they consume fewer calories. In this scenario, they should consume fewer foods that are high in fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals while being low in calories and carbohydrates.

To help you, here are some quick tips that will ensure your animals stay healthy during the winter season:

1. For dogs, increase caloric nutrition in their diet.

2. Always serve hot food to aid digestion.

3. Consider giving supplements or a nutritional supplement.

4. Monitor their coat and behavior for signs of nutritional deficiencies.

5. Since most pets don’t drink much water in the winter, be sure to include it in their meals so they stay hydrated and always have access to fresh water.

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