The Peoria Animal Welfare Shelter is offering some advice to help keep your pet safe in the single digit temperatures.
Director Lauren Malmberg said now is the time to bring them inside. She said if they have to be outside, it's critical they have a solid dog house with bedding and protection from the cold. "It needs to have a floor, a roof, four sides, a covering for the door, it needs to have bedding inside that's either straw or shavings, you need to place it in your yard so the northern wind can't blow into it so it has a wind break."
Another thing to watch out for is anti-freeze. You may be using it on your car, but this liquid tastes sweet to your pet and can be deadly.
Other things to know
-Wash your dog's paws after walking. They may have ice on them, and that can be an irritant.
-Make sure they have water and it won't freeze.
-Never leave them alone in the car.
-Only let them outside for 30 minutes or less. When they start to shiver, bring them back inside.