Yes, it’s cold outside. Yes, we would all much rather stay inside and eat some warm, high-cal food. And yes, it’s very easy to cover up a couple of added pounds here and there.
But just because winter weather is more suited to hibernation than a 6-mile run outside, doesn’t mean we should shirk our healthy habits. And the same goes for our four-legged friends.
According to petMD, dogs and cats are more likely to gain weight in winter than the warmer months — just like their owners.
And with a little work, and some creativity, your pets need not suffer from winter weight gain any longer. PetMD has your cold-weather strategy:
• Give your pet an exercise plan, which can involve brisk walks, playing fetch or indoor play.
• If the weather is just too atrocious to allow enough physical activity, cut the calories. Start with fewer treats or decreasing the amount of kibble. If you’re concerned your pet isn’t getting enough food, add fresh vegetables. (PetMD recommends carrots.)
• Don’t wait until the middle of February to make an appointment with your veterinarian. Go at the start of winter to get an accurate snapshot of your pet’s health.
• If your pet is tends to carry a few extra pounds, or has a history of weight issues, visit your vet once a month.
• There are two areas where you can easily spot weight gain: the spine and ribs.
• If you still find your pet is still gaining weight, ask your veterinarian for a cat or dog weight-loss plan. Make sure you don’t drastically cut back on food before consulting your vet.
And remember, prevention is key. As we all know, it’s much easier to maintain your weight than lose it.
Comment below with your winter weight loss advice — for yourself or your pets.