The Best Winter Nutrients for Your Dog

Phoebe Cooper · Mar 1, 2024 · All

Author: Natalie Szymiczek

We're well into winter, and while the promise of spring is on the horizon, we're not through the last of the cold months yet. In the winter, especially in cold climates, we tend to get outside less and exercise less. This change in routine affects not only us but also our canine companions!

As dog owners, we need to pay extra attention to our furry friends' well-being during this time. One way to support their health and vitality is by incorporating the best winter nutrients into their routine. In this blog, we’ll explore how nutrients like glucosamine, chondroitin, and collagen can bolster their joint health, maintain a lustrous coat, and provide the energy they need to thrive despite the winter chill.

How Does Winter Impact a Dog’s Health?

Winter can have various impacts on your dog's health, ranging from physical to behavioral changes. You may live in a warmer climate that has minimal to no impact on your dog’s activity levels, but having less light in the day still affects their mood, energy, and overall well-being.

For those living in colder climates, you’re dealing with less sunlight as well as colder temperatures, snow, and ice. This can limit outdoor activity opportunities for dogs, leading to decreased exercise and potential weight gain. Also, exposure to cold weather can exacerbate joint stiffness and discomfort, especially in older dogs or those with pre-existing conditions like arthritis. If you have a miniature or small breed, you may be hesitant to expose them to low temperatures.

As humans, we can compensate for our reduced outdoor time by engaging in indoor activities like using a Peloton, running on a treadmill, or going to the gym. However, dogs lack these options for exercise. So what can we do to keep our dogs happy and healthy until warmer weather returns? Let’s find out.

The Best Chews to Give Dogs in Wintertime

When we think about which nutrients have the most wintertime benefits for dogs, a few areas to focus on are joint health, skin & coat health, and energy levels.

Joint Health

Glucosamine and chondroitin are some of the best nutrients for canine joint health. Glucosamine is a naturally occurring compound that can alleviate joint pain, stiffness, and inflammation associated with conditions like arthritis. Chondroitin is often paired with glucosamine to support joint health. It helps maintain the elasticity and resilience of cartilage, reduces inflammation, and protects joints from damage.

Natural Farm’s Beef Tendon Dog Chews are the most delicious way to protect your dog’s joints! Beef tendons contain lean protein and are super rich in glucosamine and chondroitin, making them the perfect wintertime chew to support those doggy joints.

Skin & Coat Health

Collagen helps with skin & coat health by helping to maintain skin elasticity, hydration, and firmness. It reduces the likelihood of dryness, flakiness, and irritation. Additionally, collagen supports the production of keratin, a protein essential for healthy hair growth and coat strength. By enhancing skin integrity and promoting optimal hair growth, collagen contributes to a lustrous, shiny coat and overall skin health in dogs.

Natural Farm’s Collagen Sticks are ideal for enthusiastic chewers. They are durable and long-lasting, fully digestible, and great for skin & coat health. Our premium collagen sticks come in an array of enticing varieties, including Flavored, Stuffed, Braided, and Gourmet, ensuring there's something for every dog to enjoy.

Energy Levels

High-quality protein gives dogs energy. During colder weather, dogs may naturally expend more energy to stay warm and active. Protein provides the essential amino acids necessary for muscle function, repair, and growth, ensuring that dogs have the strength and endurance to remain active and engaged despite the challenges of winter.

Natbones provide dogs with a nutritious and delicious treat, featuring real meat and superfoods for optimal health and an energy boost. With two textures for mental stimulation and limited ingredients for easy digestion, these protein-rich treats come in Beef, Lamb, and Chicken flavors for a satisfying snack experience.

Bully Sticks from Natural Farm are an excellent source of high-quality protein, offering dogs a satisfying chew that supports their health and well-being. Available in various types, including Power, Extra Thick, and Braided, these long-lasting treats provide long-lasting energy while promoting dental health and mental stimulation.


A proactive approach to winter care ensures our beloved canine friends stay happy, healthy, and thriving all season long. With the right nutrients, you can bolster your dog's energy level, maintain optimal coat and skin health, and alleviate joint stiffness brought on by the cold weather.

Visit our store page today to discover the variety of all-natural dog bones, treats, and chews, guaranteed to keep tails wagging on those long winter days.