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Dog nutrition in winter: what is important?


Dog food in winter should be adapted to your dog's needs. In the cold season, your dog sometimes needs different feeding habits than usual. It is important that your pet gets all the important nutrients that it needs, especially in winter. Supplied with all nutrients? Then nothing stands in the way of winter fun! - Shutterstock / Maciej Kopaniecki

The rule that proper dog nutrition always goes hand in hand with larger portions of dog food in winter is not necessarily true. Many four-legged friends need more energy in winter because the body has to keep warm; however, this varies from dog to dog and depends on factors such as coat quality or movement.

Customize dog food in winter

Even if not all dogs have to get more dog food in winter, there are some that have an increased energy requirement. After all, the body has to be kept warm in cold temperatures. It can make sense to increase the amount of feed, especially when the temperature is below zero, if the winter fur alone is no longer warm enough. You should consider the coat density and coat length as well as the housing conditions and extent of movement if you want to change the usual feed portions. If your dog moves a lot in the fresh air and in the cold even in winter, his energy requirements are likely to be increased.

Tip: It is best to regularly check the weight of your fur nose in winter to make sure. This way you can avoid under and overweight in the dog and adjust the amount of food according to his needs. If you are unsure about the ideal weight of your four-legged friend and whether he needs more food in winter, ask your veterinarian about what optimal dog nutrition should look like in winter for your cold nose.

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These nutrients are particularly important in winter

Basically, dog food in winter - and in all other months of the year - should be balanced and of good quality. High-quality proteins, B vitamins, biotin and zinc are particularly important in winter. Your four-legged friend should also be provided with sufficient unsaturated fatty acids such as salmon oil.

Appropriate food supplements from specialist retailers may be useful. Be sure to get advice from your veterinarian here too. When used correctly, suitable dietary supplements can strengthen the immune system. Even if your dog often has cracked or rough paws in winter or suffers from joint problems, a nutritional supplement tailored to his needs can help.