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How Seasons Can Affect Your Dog's Appetite

There’s a lot of fluctuation in the eating habits of pets throughout the year. You might notice some changes in your pets right now in monsoon and might be worried about it. You might notice you are suffering mainly from upper respiratory tract infection which may be associated with an allergy which is due to high moisture content, wetness, lack of exposure towards sunlight etc. Make sure that your pet should be kept in dry and warm place instead of putting your AC on. Another change would be in the diet-the diet of your pet.

During monsoon should mainly comprise fibre-rich food like banana, as it helps pets who suffer from indigestion. You should avoid dairy products because some pets may be allergic. In addition, makes sure that the pet food is freshly prepared and free from microbes like fungi. It is highly recommended to add multivitamins or vitamin supplements during the rainy season. You should also maintain good hygiene and keep the feeding area clean. To add further, during the summer, two major changes occur which cause pets to eat less. The first is rising daily temperatures. Second, longer stretches of daylight cause a hormonal response in pets. This combination means that animals are going to spend less of their time looking for an outing or eating food.

Once the shift towards winter begins, animals experience the opposite kind of response. Since the approaching lower temperatures mean that more energy will be needed to maintain body temperatures, food becomes a bigger priority. Similarly, a common issue with pets during the winter seasons is a loss of appetite. The changes that occur with the shorter days and colder temperatures can trigger noticeable changes in hormones for all the pets. As a result, your dog or cat may be more hungry during the winter. There’s no difference between the changing food intake levels for indoor-outdoor pets and indoor-exclusive pets, it’s safe to assume that even indoor pets are exposed to the changes in daylight hours that can trigger hormonal and metabolic responses and changes. Even with more stable indoor temperatures, their activity levels can differ hence, their food intake differs in all the season. On the other hand, understanding how seasonal changes affect your pet’s appetite can help you to take better care of your pet, which can improve their overall health and comfort. Feeding animals are much more complicated than we want to think. That is why half of all pets are overweight or obese. Keeping our pets fit requires the same diligence to researching lifestyle choices that we require for ourselves and our own health. We hope this blog is helpful to understand the reasons behind the changes in your pet’s appetite.