Do Pets Put On Winter Weight Too?

Do pets put on winter weight too? Every year it seems that everyone struggles with weight during the winter. Under our coats and sweaters we tend to pack on a couple extra pounds after all those delicious holiday meals. Plus shorter, darker days, and it being too cold to be really active tends to make us a little lazy and slow in winter. Have you ever noticed your pet going through the same thing in the winter?

It's common for people to go through seasonal weight changes, gaining weight in winter and losing in the summer for bathing suit weather. Well, seasonal weight gain is common in pets like cats and dogs too. If you live somewhere that doesn't experience cold temperatures and snow then your pet probably won't gain weight.

Naturally winter is a time of year when animals have a harder time finding food, they often are less active, trying to stay warm, and many animals hibernate. Your pet is domesticated and doesn't have to worry about finding food and keeping warm, but during the winter their metabolism may still slow and they may become less active.

During spring and summer you probably let your cat outside, take your dog for long walks, play fetch, throw a Frisbee, etc. During the winter many pet owners try to keep themselves and their pets inside as much as possible. Instead of nice walks, in the winter you probably try to avoid walks by simply letting your dog out to do its business.

This is okay sometimes, but to keep your dog in shape, they need walks. Bundle yourself up and put a dog sweater on your furry friend and go outside. If your active you will be less cold and you will be burning calories. 

During the winter your pet's metabolism may slow so if you notice they are gaining weight, you should give them a little less food and cut back on giving treats. If you need more tips on how you help your pet lose weight and stay in shape consult a veterinarian.

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