Keeping weight off at christmas

During Christmas many of us worry about how our overindulgence will affect our waistlines come the New Year, but have you considered the weight your dog could potentially gain over the festive period? Often, the more we treat ourselves, the more lenient we are with our pets, too, but, whilst there is nothing wrong with the occasional treat, it’s important that we prioritise their health all year round.

Our nutrition specialist at Vale Pet Foods shares her top 3 tips for preventing your dog from putting on weight during Christmas.

 Keep human food for humans

It may seem like a nice idea to allow your dog to join in the celebrations with some human festive food, but overly processed items that are only meant for human consumption can result in illness and excessive weight gain when fed to dogs.

Vale Pet Foods: keeping weight off at Christmas

You can still get your dog involved by adding lean turkey meat to their regular dog food, as well as leafy greens such as sprouts and broccoli. However, avoid putting gravy on your dog’s meal as it can be very high in salt and calories. You could also choose limited edition festive flavoured tinned or dry dog food to give your pet a treat whilst avoiding potential weight gain or illness from consuming human food. If you do opt for a Christmas dry or tinned dog food, still check the nutritional information to ensure it is not overly calorific and the ingredients are suitable for your pet’s dietary requirements.

Vale Pet Foods: keeping weight off at Christmas

Limit excessive Christmas presents

95% of pet owners admit to buying their dog a Christmas present, so it’s easy to see how dogs are susceptible to gaining weight over the festive period. Many retailers now provide Christmas themed treats marketed as gifts for dogs that will be perfectly fine in isolation, but these too can quickly add up.

Make an effort to limit how many edible presents you are buying your dog for Christmas and instead gift them toys which will keep them active and reduce their caloric intake. 

Vale Pet Foods: keeping weight off at Christmas

Limit excessive Christmas presents

95% of pet owners admit to buying their dog a Christmas present, so it’s easy to see how dogs are susceptible to gaining weight over the festive period. Many retailers now provide Christmas themed treats marketed as gifts for dogs that will be perfectly fine in isolation, but these too can quickly add up.

Make an effort to limit how many edible presents you are buying your dog for Christmas and instead gift them toys which will keep them active and reduce their caloric intake. 

Brave the cold

As temperatures drop, it can be tempting to skip the occasional dog walk. However, ensuring your dog’s diet is balanced with regular exercise is key for keeping them fit and happy, not only during the festive season but all year round.

Continuing to take your dog out for regular exercise over Christmas is crucial to keeping their mental wellbeing in check, too, as a bored dog often becomes destructive. To keep your dog active, try splitting a long walk into two shorter walks - one in the morning and one in the evening. This will keep them sufficiently exercised whilst limiting the amount of time you both spend out in the cold on each walk. During shorter walks, throwing a toy can help to maximise your dog’s energy expenditure and help them burn off any extra calories. 

As a dog owner it is your responsibility to ensure you are giving your pet the best quality of life and keeping them as healthy as possible. Monitoring their treats and making sure they get sufficient exercise, not just over Christmas but throughout all seasons, is vital for keeping them in optimum health.

If you notice that your dog’s weight has increased and you do not believe it is due to their diet, speak to your vet as it may be caused by an underlying health condition.  

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