As winter rolls on (April’s only one and a half months away!), it’s good to keep your pets’ warmth in mind. For dogs that spend time outside every day, there are ways to keep warm beyond the booties and sweaters shameless owners (like myself) outfit their pooches with. Think beyond what you put on your dog and instead what you put in our dog. Just like using more energy burns more calories, so does staying warm.
To begin with, there is a lot of basic advice dog owners can find online to help guide them through determining how much chow to feed their pup. If you like a detailed read, “Phouka Dog Pages” offers advice for all sizes, ages and activity levels. For some basic advice, ehow.com offers some general guidelines. There are even calculators on-line that will tell you how much to feed based on activity levels, size and the caloric content of your food. I found the calculator from dogfoodadvisor.com to be mostly accurate.
So, with your next grocery order, consider the temperature before you determine the quantity of dog food you’ll be buying. Or, if you REALLY love your dog and want to treat him as well as you treat yourself, go to Raw4dogs.com to determine how many groceries you’ll need for you AND your dog. 🙂