Cold Weather Diet For Pet Health

Cold Weather Diet For Pet Health

Food intake in cold weather

During the cold months, your pet consumes a lot of energy, and a change in diet can be correct. Dave Wilson, director of Shelter Health & Wellness and a retired veterinarian, explains the factors to consider when making this change.


First of all, Wilson says you and your veterinarian are a team, so it’s always important to consult with them when it comes to nutritional issues. Wilson says a change in diet can be simply due to the environment.

“It really depends-even if the weather gets colder, how much does the animal’s daily environment change?”he says.

If your pet is strictly an indoor cat, then you are exposed to the same temperature as the rest of the year, says Wilson. When it comes to dogs, he says to consider whether their outdoor activities increase or decrease in length in cold weather. For example, he says that if you take your dog out in the cold, you will definitely consume more energy.

“You basically have to consume calories to keep you warm,” he says.

Special Considerations

Wilson says that if you do a barn cat program, colder temperatures mean an increase in food intake. The same applies to wild cat colonies. He says, overall, you can see that a change is needed.

“Animals will let you know,” he says.

You can be careful, says Wilson, seeing how fast your food intake is. If it disappears too quickly, your bodies demand more.

To make sure your pet doesn’t get overweight this Season, Wilson suggests checking out the body condition score on the Royal Canin website. Some important points are when there is a high layer of padding that is noticeable on the shoulders and ribs. It says you can also look down and see if the Waist shrinks and then runs out at the Waist.

If you have concerns about your pet’s diet or weight, contact your veterinarian. You have the know-how to help you with any changes you need to make.