Three reasons to start a wellness treat program when temperatures drop
Republished and edited from an article by Deborah Cameron, Patterson Veterinary
Late fall and early winter cold can mean that dogs spend more of their waking hours indoors near owners and caregivers. It’s an ideal time to start incorporating wellness treats into their nutritional program and observe any changes. Even better, regular treat use in the winter can be the start of a routine that supports canine health into the warmer months and beyond.
Here are three reasons why many owners or veterinarians choose to add wellness treats into a dog’s day:
1 – Joint issues can ﬂare up in winter or can be easier to notice
Just as humans experience increased joint and mobility issues in colder months, dogs may also get stiffer. While many dogs don’t slow down enough during the summer to show their changes, owners might be able to notice it more once dogs and humans are sharing indoor space. If changes are becoming apparent, wellness treats with ingredients including glucosamine can be particularly soothing.
Owners may also be aware that their breed is traditionally considered vulnerable to experiencing joint or mobility issues, even if they’re not showing signs yet. When given proactively, joint-focused wellness treats can help. Many pets that are on a treat regimen experience a delay in the expected onset of pain and stiffness.
2 – Winter shedding is impacting indoor environments
When dogs and humans stay in more during winter, it’s easier to experience how their shedding covers dog beds, floors, carpets, furniture and other interior spaces. Wellness treats that are focused on improving a pet’s skin and coat health, and include premium ingredients like Antarctic krill oil, can be a powerful tool to help.
With regular use, dogs naturally retain their hair longer and shedding abates. In addition, coats will get thicker, softer and more luxurious while some owners find that dogs may be more comfortable as dry skin gets moisturized.
Step 3 – Treats taken to help with shedding or joints can also offset the effect of dry winter weather on canine skin and coat
The same supplements that lessen shedding and provide joint support have more holistic benefits: They can improve the overall quality of an animal’s health from the inside out. As a result, incorporating wellness treats into an overall care routine can have unexpected impacts that go beyond the reason a program was started. In addition to expected benefits, many owners see shinier coats, less flaking, more supple skin, decreased itching and reduced irritation. This can be especially helpful in winter if the cold, dry weather takes a toll on a dog’s skin and coat.
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