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How the winter season may affect your pet

Dec 12, 2015 | Lifestyles

(Welcome to the weekly pet column of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla, N.Y. A new article is posted each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

As a pet parent, you’re most likely concerned about your animal’s well-being. From slush and snow, to ice and frigid temperatures, harsh winters bring new challenges, especially for pets that are used to spending time outdoors. Pet parents must be responsible for continuing to provide an active lifestyle for their animals while protecting them from harm’s way.

Nutram Pet Products shares seven things to consider during the winter season to ensure your pet’s wellness:

1. Fur alone cannot keep your pet warm. Animals suffer from weather extremes the same as humans. Especially during blizzards and storms, keeping your pet inside a warm, dry home is the best solution.

2. Provide your pet with a year-round diet that will improve their wellness. Nutram recipes offer a holistic and nutrition-first approach to assisting with digestion, immunity boost, weight control, mobility and other special wellness needs for your pet at any life stage.

3. Don’t stop exercising with your pet in the winter. Instead, take short, frequent walks in the daylight instead of extended excursions.

4. Do not leave your pet alone in the car. Just as a car acts as a microwave in the heat, it acts as a refrigerator in the winter, which could cause harm and even lead to death.

5. Outdoors, pets face dangers from road salts, chemicals, antifreeze, and poisons. Be sure to wash your pet’s paws with a warm cloth after being outside. Keep all toxic containers locked up and clean spills immediately.

6. Outdoor cats will naturally seek warmth, including near the warm engine of a car. Be sure to double check under the car before starting your engine.

7. Indoor cats are not immune to winter safety hazards either. Avoid burns or the risk of electrocution by keeping animals away from heaters, vents and other electrical appliances.

More information is available at www.nutram.com.

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