Residents are being reminded not to forget their four legged friends in this bitter cold.
With the temperatures outside dipping well below freezing, people need to make sure their pets are warm and safe.
Outdoor pets should also be checked to ensure they have adequate shelter, food and water.
If you have dogs outside, you should bring them in according to area veteranarians. A heated home or garage is necessary to make sure that they are safe from the sub-zero temperatures.
Officials remind you though, that if dogs are brought into heated garages, you need to make sure antifreeze and other coolants are off the garage floor. Since antifreeze has a sweet taste, it may attract animals. It’s also highly toxic and will kill them if they drink it.
Pet owners who take their animals on walks should also be aware that salt and other chemicals used to melt snow may be harmful to a pet’s paws. It’s best to wipe paws with a damp towel after returning home for a walk.
And if you haven’t done so already, now may be the time to put a sweater or jacket on your dog, especially if he or she is a small dog and more suseptible to the cold.