As the mercury rises, our pets experience the impact of heat wave and we need to be mindful about their diet. They experience as much discomfort and sweating like us. Hence, we need to watch out for their health status during summer. Avoid extensive walks in the scorching heat and restrict the timings to either early morning or during sunset. Modifying their diet to include summer foods will ensure digestive health and soothes their senses.
According to research by VCA Hospital, ‘the standard formula used for calculating the energy requirements of the average adult dog that lives inside your home, receives light daily exercise, and is spayed or neutered is:
30 x weight in kg (or pounds divided by 2.2) + 70 = daily caloric needs
Be aware that few of our dogs are “average,” so this formula is merely a starting point. Most dogs will require fewer calories on a daily basis, while a few will require slightly more. This daily caloric total includes not only your dog’s meals, but also any snacks and treats. If your dog needs to lose weight, your veterinarian will recommend caloric restriction (which is usually 70% to 90% of the calculated amount for weight maintenance).’
Nutritional Sustainability of Pet Foods Research states that ‘A unique aspect of the pet food industry is that the foods are typically formulated to be “complete and balanced,” meaning that the diet will meet all nutrient needs of the pet if the proper amount of food and water are consumed. Initial pet foods were not nutritionally complete and often resulted in gastrointestinal distress and nutrient deficiencies. Decades of research in dog and cat nutrition and manufacturing processes in the mid to late 1900s dramatically improved the quality of pet foods and the health and life span of pets that consumed them’
Yogurt and buttermilk
Buttermilk and yogurt are a pet’s favourite during summer. They resolve summer related medical issues especially related to digestion. It possesses qualities that keep the gut healthy and your pet happy.
Watermelons comprise 90% water and are ideal summer food for all pets. Enriched with potassium and vitamins like B6, A and C, they possess hydrating qualities. You will have to remove the seeds and rind before feeding watermelon to your furry friend. Seeds may create intestinal blockages and hence, are not suitable for your creature companion to consume.
Enriched with vitamins B1, B7, C and K as well as copper, magnesium and potassium, cucumber has emerged as one of the most favourite food amongst pets. Less in carbohydrates and sugar, cucumbers offer soothing delight to your pets without any worry.
Enriched with electrolytes, calcium, potassium and Vitamin C, coconut is a great nutrient and offers a cooling effect on your pet. It replenishes the nutrients and keeps one hydrated. You may dilute it with water and offer it to your pet if he has got a heat stroke.
You can make ice cream at home, using simple ingredients like bananas, yogurt and coconut milk as it is safe for pets.
High in fiber and vitamin C, blueberries are very nutritious and healthy for your pet. They are low in fat and act as antioxidants. Similar to cucumber, they are low on sugar and youo can unhesitatingly offer your pets this nutritious food.
Ginger has cooling properties and can be mixed with other pet food items. They possess anti -inflammatory properties that help in your pet’s digestion. They have soothing qualities and loved by your pet.
Mint leaves can be added to water or any other drink you are giving your pet as it possesses cooling properties. However, do not give more than one leaf.
Enriched with beta-carotene, vitamin A, iron and potassium, pumpkin offers ideal nutrients to your pet when given in a cooked form without oil or spices or seasonings.
The insides of a pineapple, without the rough crust outside, can be given in very less quantity to your pet. It helps in promoting immunity and digestion.
Boiled potatoes are very good for your pets. They are rich in iron and help your pet in overcoming digestive issues.
Rich in fiber, potassium, copper, biotin, vitamins such as B6 and C, bananas are ideal nutrient diet for your pet. It is safe for digestion and offer adequate nutrition to maintain good health.
Keeping your dog at a healthy weight is well within your control, for the most part. In fact, in one survey published in the journal Preventive Veterinary Medicine, vets reported that just three percent of obesity cases they saw could be attributed to dog-specific factors (say, a genetic quirk or illness); 97 percent of obesity cases in dogs could be traced to how owners fed and played with their pets.A healthy diet can actually improve cognitive function in dogs. In one study in The Journal of Veterinary Medicine, old, cognitively impaired dogs who were fed an antioxidant-enriched diet had higher levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factors, which may slow cognitive decline.