Give the Gift of Puppy Power in winter
Remember that famous line “puppy power” by Scrappy-Doo? This winter your pup may need a little help in the power department.
- Joint Supplements
- Dry Skin and Coat
- If you want to go the natural way this winter
Keep your pup or dog romping around this winter in the snow they may need some extra help. Helping them this winter may mean extra vitamins, supplements, and dietary needs. Here are some ways to help maintain that puppy power.
Just like us dogs can suffer from degenerative joint disease and stiff aching muscles may have them wanting to curl up on the couch with a good book, if they could read that is. Their joints may need some help to get going to dig that snow tunnel. Talk to your veterinarian or pet store to find out what supplement would be best for your dog. Supplements like chondroitin and glucosamine that humans use to for arthritis but in puppy form. Others may include omega 3 fatty acids, bromelain, turmeric and magnesium.
Our family dog or cat will not catch a cold but can have occasionally excessive flatulence, diarrhea, and loose stool. Probiotics will restore good bacteria while promoting normal intestinal function and boost their immune system.
Dry Skin and Coat
Winter time can make your dog’s coat go from shine to dull it can e due to the cold weather, indoor allergens and even your furnace.
Poor nutrition is the main reason for that dull looking coat mainly due to low levels of protein and essential fatty acids. If your dog exercises his/her puppy power by being outside a lot you may need to feed 10 to 90 percent extra calories. The extra calories need vary and are dependent on your dog’s size, amount of hair and fat, health status and age. Also considered is how cold it is outside, how time your dog is outside and any winter protection they may have like an insulated dog house.
Your home furnace gives out dry heat which takes out necessary moisture from your dog’s skin resulting in dry, flaky and sensitive skin. To avoid this brush dogs daily to promote circulation and helps to distribute your dog’s natural oils Increase the humidity level in the home may help.
In winter your dog is spending more time indoors due to the cold weather and so do indoor allergens and forced heat keeps them in circulation Check with your vegetarian to see what you can do for allergy relief.
If you want to go the natural way this winter
In the winter weather you can feed your dog beef cuts, chicken liver, lamb kidney but remember portion size for your dog.
For itchy skin make chamomile tea and put in spray bottle and refrigerate and apply to dogs itchy skin. You can also use vitamin E oil or use fine baby oatmeal mixed with a little water and apply paste on the itchy areas. Leave on ten minutes than rinse with warm water.
There are also natural vitamins and supplements available.
This article is informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis and treatment.
Always see the advice of your vegetarian before changing your dog’s diet, administering minerals, vitamins and supplements even holistic ones.