We all know that a person’s diet tends to change — for better or for worse — during the holidays. But did you know that the winter season affects your dog’s diet too?
Several factors contribute to your dog’s health in the winter, including the amount of time your dog spends outside, the number of meals your dog eats in a day and the amount of exercise your dog gets.
Winter nutrition is an important and often overlooked concept for pet owners. PetCareRx says, “Many pet parents are unaware of the importance of switching up their dog’s nutritional regimen this time of the year.”
When it comes to your dog’s activity levels, the proper diet is key. According to PetMD, “Your dog may expend more energy in the winter to keep warm or less energy if he’s not active and primarily inside. Adjust food levels accordingly.”
Not too much: Compensating for smaller meals with healthy chews
The combination of too much food and not enough exercise could cause your dog to gain an unhealthy amount of weight. For our four-legged friends who stay inside for most of the winter, limiting the number of meals or lessening the serving size can help keep your pup’s weight at a healthy level.
Bones and chews are a great hold-them-over alternative so your dog doesn’t eat unhealthy amounts of kibble. They are also a great way to keep your pup busy during the long winter days.
Jones Natural Chews offers plenty of healthy options, including several value packs that introduce your dog to a wide assortment of chews in different shapes and flavors.
Not too little: Supplementing energy loss with protein-packed treats
A dog that spends a lot of time outside during the winter uses up more energy to stay warm. Shivering and staying active are just a couple methods dogs use to keep their body temperatures up in a cold environment. Therefore, it’s important to prioritize nutrition to make up for the extra burning of calories.
PetMD says that dogs exposed to lower temperatures need more calories than they do under moderate temperatures. Healthy, all-natural treats are quick, convenient snacks that can help ensure your pup is getting the protein needed to stay warm. Treats are also a great supplement to your dog’s normal meal schedule, and they help restore your dog’s energy after playing outside.
The Jones Select line offers plenty of protein-packed treats that come in a wide variety of flavors, including alligator, pheasant, turkey, and wild boar.
Just right: Discovering the best winter nutrients for your pup
Winter nutrition is a priority, and finding treats and chews that are both healthy and tasty can be tricky. However, Jones Natural Chews only offers products that are 100 percent sourced, raised and Made in the USA. That means you can count on your dog enjoying nutritious, all-natural treats and chews without missing out on the delicious taste of a cheese and bacon-stuffed bone or a bully n beef wrap.