Beating the Heat in the Dog Days of Summer FIDO Style
July 27, 2017 • Health & Wellness
August is fast approaching and with many parts of the country already dealing with weather that is hot and muggy (with more likely on the way) it is easy to just stay inside and beat the heat with air conditioning but remember FIDO still needs to get outside for walks and exercise!
Here are 3 tips for beating the heat while still getting outside with your best buddy:
If FIDO is a water baby then you’ve got the easy answer - A swim in the lake or ocean – chasing the ball on the beach … even a baby pool filled with cool water can be the perfect way to get your pooch their exercise and a way to cool down too!
Early morning and later evening walks – it’s a fact – it’s cooler in the morning and in the evening once the sun goes down. Taking FIDO for their longer walks during these times is the perfect way to keep them on their walking schedule at a much more comfortable temperature.
Mini play times – when it’s hot outside you can still throw the Frisbee and walk around the block, just scale down the amount of time that you are out and about. Instead of 30 minutes of Frisbee go out for 15 minutes two different times that day … and of course always have fresh water ready for FIDO.
And don’t forget about good nutrition too. Just like people, FIDO can be a little less hungry when it’s hot and may get picky with their kibble. Whether you decide to feed your pet an omnivorous or vegan diet, it’s important to ensure that they’re getting enough protein. Protein is an important part of your pet’s diet for a variety of reasons, one of which is energy. With the long, hot, summer days, it’s an especially important time to make sure that your pet is eating enough protein to sustain throughout the day.
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- Peas: A good source of beta-carotene, niacin, Vitamin B6, folate, phosphorus, and copper. It’s also packed with dietary fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, thiamin and manganese.
- Organic flaxseed and sunflower oil: Both contain omega-6 fatty acids that promote healthy skin and a radiant coat. Flaxseed also boasts omega-3 fatty acids which are important for normal metabolism and optimal health.
- Lentils and Chickpeas: Both are low glycemic carbohydrates that also provide a good source of protein, iron, phosphorus and copper.
- Chicken Meal: A concentrated source of protein containing meat, bones, and cartilage that is dried and preserved naturally. It should never include feathers, heads, feet, or entrails.
- Chicken Fat: Although human diets try to avoid fats, animal fat is good for your pet. Chicken fat is a great source of omega-6 which is considered the most important essential fatty acid for dogs and cats.
- Eggshell Meal: A natural source of calcium to promote bone strength. Eggshell membrane is an added plus!
- Cod: A good source of high quality protein, phosphorous, niacin, and Vitamin B-12.
- Dehydrated Cod: A concentrated source of protein that uses the entire raw material. The benefit of dehydrated product is the removal of water, but not the fat.
- Krill: As the “superfood of the sea,” krill is growing in popularity as a protein source. Rich in omega-3 fatty acids and astaxanthin, krill is also virtually free of pollutants and heavy metals.
- Deboned Venison, Pork, and Lamb: All are great sources of protein that come from the animal’s clean and de-boned flesh.
- Novelty Proteins: This classification consists of proteins your pet may not have eaten before such as venison, salmon, or duck. Novelty proteins can sometimes help alleviate the symptoms of dietary sensitivities.
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