With abundant snow and extreme cold temperatures gripping much of the country, this year’s winter is more challenging than usual to many of us, and for our pets as well. Whether it is the challenges of dog walking on the slush-filled sidewalks of New York City, or running the trails of the Alaskan wilderness, winter brings special concern for our pets.
Eagle Pack® Staff Veterinarian and 20-year volunteer for the Iditarod® Veterinarian team, Dr. Al Townshend says pet parents need to take special care of their dogs’ diet and exercise. A winner of the highly regarded Golden Stethoscope Award for going above and beyond on the Iditarod race trail, Dr. Townshend also helped to develop customized formulas for Eagle Pack, the Official Dog Food Sponsor of this year’s race. His work with champion sled dog mushers helped to elevate the standard and quality of nutritional foods for not only canine athletes, but also household pets.
“Even though it is cold outside, dogs still need to get out and exercise. Less activity in the winter can encourage weight gain, decreased muscle tone and problems with the skin and hair coat,” he said. “From chasing snowballs to skijoring, there are lots of winter activities you can enjoy with your pet.”
Snow shoeing or trail running with your dog? The colder the weather the more calories a pet will need in order to stay warm and maintain weight. “A good idea would be to step up to a higher energy diet during the winter,” Dr. Townshend explains. “Eagle Pack Power is an ideal diet for those outdoor active athletes during periods of increased activity given its higher levels of protein and fat, providing maximum calories. Eagle Pack Original Adult Pork Meal and Chicken Meal Formula also contains increased levels of calories for those dogs that spend time outside in colder climates.”
Similar to the demanding nutritional needs of an Olympian, canine athletes also require a particular diet for optimum performance. Eagle Pack prides itself on providing Nutrition in Action®, naturally meeting the nutritional needs of active canine companions.
Eagle Pack formulas for dogs and cats are made with natural, nutrient-rich ingredients without fillers or artificial preservatives. Eagle Pack dry and canned formulas come in a variety of flavors and sizes and are available nationwide at independent pet specialty stores. To find an authorized Eagle Pack retailer, please visit www.eaglepack.com.
Eagle Pack® – Nutrition in Action®
For over 25 years Eagle Pack, a proud member of the WellPet family of brands, has energized pets everywhere by providing them quality natural nutrition without fillers or artificial preservatives. Eagle Pack pet food delivers the right balance of proteins, fats, carbohydrates and omega fatty acids for results you can see in their shiny coats, bright eyes and energetic spirits. Eagle Pack’s naturally tried, trusted and true formulas have been performance-proven with backyard ball catchers, show ring winners and Alaskan sled dog racers too. Pet owners can count on Eagle Pack’s nutrient-rich foods to naturally fuel their pet’s daily adventures, both big and small. Visit www.eaglepack.com to learn more.