Written by YOKO
Released January 2024
As the seasons change across the United Kingdom, so do the nutritional needs of our beloved canine companions. Tailoring your dog's diet to the unique challenges each season brings is crucial for their overall well-being and vitality.
During the colder months, consider adjusting your dog's food to provide extra energy to keep them warm. Opt for nutrient-rich recipes that include proteins, healthy fats, and carbohydrates. Cold weather can also mean less outdoor exercise, so monitoring portion sizes to prevent excess weight gain is essential. From experience, Yoko likes to hibernate for most of the winter! We are careful with the cold weather as it often negatively affects her joints.
In the warmer seasons, hydration becomes a top priority. Incorporate foods with higher water content, such as fruits and vegetables, to keep your pup well-hydrated. Look for dog food formulations that support joint health and include ingredients like omega-3 fatty acids for a shiny coat and strong immune system.
Seasonal ingredients can be a delightful addition to your dog's meals. We like to give Yoko offcuts of vegetables when we are preparing our own food, or key fruits. I must admit, apple and cucumber are winners (but being careful with apple seeds as these are toxic to dogs). You can also include locally sourced produce and proteins for a fresh and diverse diet. However, always be mindful of any allergies or sensitivities your dog may have. A helpful way is to visit farmers markets where you can speak to the growers directly about their produce, and what is growing well this year.
There are ways to extend the produce that has seasonal availability, such as exploring preservation methods like canning, freezing, or drying. These techniques allow you to enjoy the flavours of peak-season fruits and vegetables throughout the year, providing a sustainable and cost-effective approach to maintaining a diverse and nutritious diet. It is a very British thing to do as well as being economically smart to ensure that you can use local produce for most of the year. It is all of our responsibility to reduce the ‘out of season’ demand, as most of this slack is taken by importing good from across the world.
Ultimately, understanding and adapting to the seasonal nutritional needs of your dog not only supports their health but also ensures they stay active, happy, and ready to embrace every adventure, no matter the weather.