After the long winter, spring is finally here. The days get longer, the sun becomes warmer, moments of real heat alternate with moments of cold and rain. Spring is therefore a season of great changes, of real renewals, even for our animal friends. Dogs and cats renew their habits, awakening from the winter torpor and, enticed by the summer, they begin to go out more, to be more active and to do more movement. They renew their coat: it is in fact in spring that dogs above all complete the moult. But don’t forget that spring is also a season of pitfalls for dogs and cats, which have to deal with insects and parasites, and with the different forms of allergy that occur most frequently in this season. In some ways, spring is almost a stressful time for their bodies, as there are rapid environmental and climatic changes that they struggle to adapt to in a short time. While most of our pets become more active and lively with the warm season, in other cases it is the warm season that can lead to drowsiness, fatigue or lack of appetite. If they are only transient moments it is not a problem, but we must be careful that these symptoms do not
prolong too much over time. Also from the point of view of nutrition, therefore, spring requires great attention, to be able to calibrate it according to the needs of our pet. It is not necessary to change the type of food, but it is important to modulate the daily ration to adapt to the needs of increased or reduced appetite, which this season can determine. What is the ideal food for spring?
We always choose a food that is complete and correctly balanced, of high quality and able to provide the animal with all the nutrients it needs, in a balanced way. With the first hot dishes, lean and light meats are preferable to the fattest and caloric ones. Spring is the ideal time to replace beef and veal with fish, preferably also containing salmon, suitable for promoting hair shedding. The shedding of the coat is in fact one of the challenges that spring poses, especially for our dogs. How to face it from the point of view of nutrition? The loss of hair resulting from the moult increases the need for some protein components (the amino acids methionine and cysteine), while certain trace elements (copper, zinc) and vitamins (vitamin A, folic acid, biotin, pantothenic acid, vitamin E) facilitate it . We therefore choose a complete food that brings a lot of fresh meat or fish, therefore proteins of animal origin with a high biological value, and that is correctly integrated
with trace elements and vitamins. Let’s not forget, then, that with the first warm days, thirst naturally increases, and therefore more attention must be paid to the bowl: remember to fill it often, changing the water about every half day, so that it is always fresh.