Winter Tips for You and Your Pet
The cold winter days and nights impact our pets’ motivation, weight and immunity. Like us, pets often become seemingly lethargic. With the right foods and nutrients we can all get back on track and feeling our best.
1)Coconut Oil – When taken orally, adds beneficial medium-chained fatty acids, the “good fats” and helps with digestion. It boosts the immune system and helps to maintain healthy skin and coat. Coconut can also be applied topically in problem areas, like elbows and pads. Bonus! Unlike many medicated creams and ointment, coconut oil is safe to lick.
2)Water – Organs need plenty of water to function properly, which is why it’s so important to stay hydrated. Cool temperatures can reduce the natural thirst mechanism, making it easy for us all to forget to drink water. With pets, cracked paws and chapped noses are a good indication your pet needs more water in their diet. Feeding raw is a great way to naturally increase hydration. Additionally, try adding a little warm water to each meal. Most pets love the soupy texture!
3)Power Berries – Berries are high in Vitamin C, antioxidants, and bioflavonoids. Eating more of these berries helps to boost the immune system and ward off sickness and lethargy. These berries include strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, acai, cranberries and raspberries. Remember though, many are high in sugar, so should only be fed in moderation.
4)Leafy Greens – Like berries, leafy green help to boost the immune system, preventing disease and illness. Many leafy greens are rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants. Healthy greens to include into your pets rotation include spinach, kale, beet tops, dandelion leaves and parsley. To make them more easily digestible for your pet, you can run them through a blender or food processor. Bonus! Because leafy green are low in fat and calories, it can be easier to maintain a healthy waistline when they are consumed on a regular basis.
5)Fresh Food Diet –Raw, unprocessed diets are the best source of bio-available nutrition. Optimal nutrition is key to preventing weight gain and winter time illnesses. High carbohydrate kibbles can make pets more lethargic, dehydrated and increase weight over the winter months.