My friend says I should give my dog extra food in the winter months – especially if we get a bad winter – because cold weather speeds up a dog’s metabolism. Is this true?
John Burns advises…
There is some truth in this, as if a dog is spending a lot of time outside in the cold weather, he will be burning more calories to keep warm. A dog living in outdoor kennels, for example, is likely to need more calories over the winter.
However, most pet dogs live indoors with central heating on all winter, and may also go on fewer or shorter walks than they did during the summer. Because of this, some dogs actually need less food over the winter, as they are not as active. Keep an eye on your dog’s body condition to make sure he is maintaining a nice weight.