dog eatingWhen the seasons start to change eating habits change along with them; people tend to eat heavier, more substantial foods during the cold winter months such as meaty stews, and lighter fare during the summer such as grilled fish. Interestingly enough researchers are finding the same can be said about animals.

When daylight hours start to change along with the temperature, it causes hormones to change which plays a part in how the appetite works. During the colder months dogs (and their people) tend to be more active. This in turn causes mammals to change their eating habits, eating more to keep body temperature up and fat stores at their maximum. During the summer months the opposite is true; when it’s hot outside both dogs and people are less active and so less energy is needed. This may be truer for dogs that are bred for colder climates but live in hotter areas of the United States, such as Huskies living in Florida for example.

During the summer monthsa wider variety of fruits and vegetables are available which is good news for both humans and dogs. There are some yummy summer foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals which benefit everyone, and every dog. Slices of apples are a great treat for a dog and will also help to clean their teeth however; the seeds and core can be a hazard and should be removed. Green beans are a good source of fiber and nutrients, just ensure there is no salt added since dogs do not need salt any more than humans do. Carrots which are usually available all year are a great source of antioxidants and also good for their teeth. Peas are sweet and dogs love them, plus they are full of potassium which is necessary for well functioning nerves and muscles. If your puppy is having issues with constipation, summer squash is a natural remedy. Sweet potatoes are another food that is good for your dog, full of fiber and rich in calcium which is good for teeth and bones.Many fruits such as blueberries, strawberries, and watermelon are a sweet treat for both you and your canine companion, and blueberries in particular have high concentrations of antioxidants. Dogs can enjoy a bite of cheese as well, but take care as some dogs are lactose intolerant which will cause diarrhea.

When feeding your dog anything new it is best to take it slowly, as some foods can cause digestive problems. Dogs can have allergies as well, so that is another thing to watch for when giving your dog a new food.Rather than trying several different foods at once, try them one at a time so if there is a reaction you will know what it was that caused it.

Just like humans, dogs enjoy a variety of foods but care must be taken when giving them something new. Not all human foods are good for dogs; macadamia nuts, chocolate, grapes and raisins, garlic and onions are all toxic to dogs and should not find their way onto the dog’s dish.