It isn't just you who may have overindulged during the festive period. If you have spoilt your dog with treats and rich foods over Christmas, they may also benefit from a New Year's diet to get back in shape.

With the weather being colder a lot of dogs aren't getting the same level of exercise they do during milder months. Couple this with more treats and snacks and your pooch can develop a bit of a belly.

While a bit of weight gain isn't necessarily harmful, especially as it will help keep your dog warmer, not addressing it could lead to them piling on even more pounds. This can be damaging to their health and so is best avoided.

As well as ensuring they get more exercise throughout January, you may also want to consider changing their diet to something more nutritious so as to control your dog's weight better. This way they can still have tasty food, get all the nutrients they need but avoid potentially-harmful weight gain.

The first thing you should do is find a good food for your dog that provides them with everything they need but doesn't contain a lot of fillers that don't do anything for your pet's health. Fillers include cereals and grains that are difficult for the body to digest and provide no nutritional benefit.

Cheaper foods are often high in fillers as these are cheap to obtain, whereas higher quality foods that cost more are much more meat heavy and nutritionally rich.

The BARF diet could be a good way to go. This diet is centred on raw foods, which contain enzymes that help to maintain your dog's health. The unprocessed foods are easy for your dog to digest and can help to strengthen bones, keep teeth healthy, result in a shiny coat and boost the immune system.

This diet will also help your dog to shift any unneeded weight they may have put on over the last few months and gain lean muscle.

You should always check that you are feeding your dog the correct amount of food for their weight and breed. Over or under feeding can cause them to gain or lose weight dramatically, both of which can be damaging to their health.

If you need any advice on choosing a suitable food, please don't hesitate to get in touch with the team.

Written by: Hannah