Cold Weather Boost for Pets

Keeping warm in cold weather is easy enough for us, we can always add a few more layers for comfort–not so easy if you’re a dog or a cat. According to New Choices in Natural Healing for Dogs and Cats (Rodale, 1999) by Amy D. Shojai, in order to maintain a thick, protective coat, dogs and cats need to get fatty acids in their diets.

Giving fatty acid supplements will cause the coat to grow in a bit thicker for the cold months. Follow the instructions on the label.

Pets that spend time outside also need extra calories in the cold months in order to stay warm. If your pet is on a homemade diet, double the amount of oil and increase the percentage of meat.

If he’s on a commercial diet, add some flaxseed oil or olive oil to his food. For dogs over 50 pounds, give a tablespoon of oil a day; pets between 15 and 50 pounds can have a teaspoon.


Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra3 years ago

Thank you Melissa for Sharing this!

Duane B.
.3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Karen Martinez
Karen Martinez3 years ago

We bring our pets in during the cold times of the year, but where we live it rarely gets to freezing. We also bring in our pets when the weather gets extremely hot--which is all summer. Thanks for the article.

Winn Adams
Winn Adams4 years ago


Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton4 years ago


Frans Badenhorst
Frans Badenhorst4 years ago

they should be indoors, that's it

Jennifer V.
Jennifer V.4 years ago


tetyana polischuk

Thank youy for recommendation! I'll try adding olive oil to their food!

Elaine A.
Elaine Al Meqdad4 years ago

Hi Peggy P. I don't know if the cats are Feral as it sounds as if you are able to feed them? If not then try putting them in the garage at night with a big old blanket you no longer need and pick up an extra litter box. By keeping them not only out of the cold you are keeping them safe from all elements. Then as the cats adapt to you more readily, do try and get them spayed /neutered ans this will cut the problem of having these cats producing babies. As it's highly unlikely that someone who would dump a cat, with no concern as to what happens to it, more than likely didn't spay/neuter either.

Elaine A.
Elaine Al Meqdad4 years ago

The absolute best is "KEEP THEM INDOORS" and you will have no problems with keeping them warm AND safe!