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Dog Health And Wellness In The Colder Months

Winter has arrived with a cold, windy and rainy start and I’m left wondering how to exercise and keep my Bobbi warm so she doesn’t wake me in the middle of the night.  Four am is not my happy place, especially with a frost and a very slippery back decking. Bobbi has quickly learnt to tippy-toe to keep her balance and keep as dry as possible.


Some Tips To Try To Help Our Dogs Through Winter 

  1. If it’s just you, and your dog sleeps on your bed, keep one side of the electric blanket on one or put a heated blanket on their bed.
  2. Put on a warm dog jumper
  3. Try cooking and warming foods.
  4. If there is sunshine around make sure they get plenty of it -  it really seems to warm their core.
  5. Blankets are always cosy additions.
  6. Place bedding out of drafts and put some insulation underneath if it lies on tiles or wooden floors.
  7. Make sure they dry off after being out in the rain and cold. 
  8. I wash Bobbi's feet with warm water after being out in cold wet weather.  That warms her up quickly - I know!

Warming Foods

Food is the best medicine.  I love Ayurvedic cooking for myself so I try to use these principles for feeding Bobbi as well. During the cold months, it requires warming foods like cooked oats, especially for older dogs who may use up more calories staying warm.

If your dog is a small, lightweight toy poodle being one example, with delicate digestion you certainly need to take their natural constitution into consideration. Larger breeds like a Saint Bernard or one that gains weight by looking at food would require less warming, moist food and usually like the colder weather.


Food Considerations To Include In A Warming Diet


Meats

Easy to obtain and considered as warming for the body rather than all meats or excreting organs.

  • Chicken or turkey.
  • Duck.
  • Fresh water fish and seafood.
  • Beef occasionally.
  • Plus eggs.

Grains and Seeds

I am aware of the divide around feeding grains and of course, it's up to you and how your dog reacts to them as well as how much you add to their daily intake.

  • Amaranth.
  • Oats cooked.
  • All rice - I prefer organic Basmati.
  • Wheat.
  • Wild rice.

Vegetables

  • All the Squash family.
  • Sweet potato.
  • Pumpkin.
  • Zucchini - one of the best veggies for our dogs.
  • Parsnip.
  • Spinach sprouts and broccoli and others in the brassica family are ok in moderation in a warming diet.

Please use these suggestions to make a beautiful nourishing hotpot preferably all cooked in chicken broth.


As with all things to do with your dog family it is your choice how and what you feed them and it's sometimes difficult to get all the information you need to make a decision. I try to keep it as simple as possible and always remember the importance of adding a variety of foods andWellbeing Essentials Complete 22.

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