5 Essential Winter Supplements For Dogs

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Are you among those who get the winter blues? Do you feel depressed, unmotivated and lethargic during cold winter days? Do you need extra care and pounds to deal with these particularly cruel months?

Well, you are not the only one being affected, as chilly winter mornings and nights take a toll on your dog as well. From their diet to everyday activities, everything is changed during winters. Now, if you are thinking of ways to protect your furry buddy from the harsh winter season, then we’re here to help.

In this post, we have compiled a list of supplements that will keep your four-legged friend fit and help them deal with winter more effectively. Read on to explore the right diet for your canine.

1. Water

Water is an all-time essential supplement for every pet. Just like humans, even a dog’s need enough water to stay healthy. So, make sure that your tyke is getting enough fresh water to stay hydrated.

But how can you find whether he/she is getting plenty of water or not? Well, some small signs like cracked paws and chapped nose can help you know that they aren’t drinking an adequate amount of water.

2. Coconut oil

No, we are not talking about taking care of ‘your’ skin during winters. Coconut oil has a lot of advantages that even your furry friends can reap. It helps improve their digestion, boost their immune system, and maintain a healthy coat and skin. In other words, it is a perfect remedy for these dry and cold winter months.

You can apply this source of nutrition to their fur and feet. Also, rubbing their footpad daily with coconut oil goes a long way, in terms of maintaining good health and keeping cold at bay.

Now, if your cute friend tries to lick it, don’t worry. It is totally safe for their stomach too. But if you still want to prevent them from licking it, take a pair of toddler socks and cover their paws with it. Of course, they can’t take it out.

Also, you don’t need to put in these efforts daily. Applying coconut oil once a week works wonders. But, make sure that you are letting their fur soak the oil for at least 30 minutes, if not more, before rinsing it thoroughly.

3. Power Berries

A strong immune system is very important to ward off lethargy and illness. When it comes to improving the immune system of your pooch, power berries are a great source.

They are a perfect addition to any diet, as they’re rich in vitamin C, bioflavonoid and antioxidants. Some of the dog-friendly berries are blueberries, acai, cranberries, strawberries and raspberries. So, make sure your dog is having these winter power boosters from time to time.

4. Leafy Greens

Vegetables or leafy greens are high in minerals, vitamins, antioxidants and fibres. And the good thing is, most of the vegetables or leafy greens are low in fat and calories. Some of the healthy and perfect additions to a dog’s diet are beet tops, spinach, kale, dandelion leaves, parsley and carrot tops.

If you wish to increase their palatability and digestion, run the food through a blender or food processor. You see, it will also minimise your four-legged buddy’s efforts.

5. Fresh food

No matter how many proteins or vitamin supplements you’re giving your dog, its regular diet should always be fresh and cooked. And in winters, it becomes all the more important as they need fewer carbohydrates and extra moisture. Home prepared or raw food is highly moisturised and provides your pooch’s organ the moisture they need.

On the other hand, a diet full of high carbohydrate like dry kibble leads to lethargy, ultimately increasing their weight. As they say, fresh is always the best’, so make sure you are supplying only fresh and healthy food to your canine.

No doubt, the supplements mentioned above will keep your tyke fit throughout the winter season. But, some dogs, especially the ones with long hair, are more prone to mats and fleas in cold season.

So, ensure they are clipped from time to time with the help of a quality dog clipper and look prim and proper. Trust us, your pooch will appreciate this healthy diet and special care during winter.