We at Mirage love our furry friends very much, and we also love yours. There’s nothing that makes us happier then when we come to visit a property for residential and commercial snow removal customers and we get to visit with a friendly pooch or kitty, and we certainly know how many enjoy playing in the snow piles we leave behind. We ask all of our customers to let us know of the needs of their pets and we do everything we can to help keep them healthy and content.
The safety of your property and everything on it is our priority at Mirage. The vast majority of pet owners we have come across over our three generations of experience in the landscape maintenance and construction field are remarkably conscientious and just plain loving fur parents. When it comes to winter, however, the rules are a little bit different. Here are some things you can do to make sure everyone stays comfy and warm all winter.
1. Shelter them
Dogs love their regular walks and runs, which isn’t something you should stop even though the temperatures have dropped. Exercise is good for them, and also helps keep their energy levels down when they are meant to behave. When they are not out with you, it’s best to keep them indoors, but we also know that certain dogs just refuse to be kept cooped up.
If your dog must spend time out in your yard, ensure they have a proper shelter. It should be large enough for them to move around and make themselves comfortable, but also small enough that the confines are able to retain body heat. Shelters should be above ground a few inches with extra insulation on the floor, and be waterproof and windproof. A doorway is essential to keep out the wind and elements. Several great pet shelters are available online, which are sized appropriately for the type of dog you have. Keep water available in a plastic dish so their tongues don’t freeze to the side, and check the water regularly to ensure it hasn’t frozen.
Even if your cat is a roamer and a rambler during the warmer months, winter is a time to try to keep them inside as much as possible. Not only is it cold, it’s also very dark in the morning and at night. Drivers have a hard time both seeing and stopping, and an animal darting across the road is a hazard for everyone.
2. Bundle them up
Our pets have a healthy fur coat that is way more effective than our thin skins at keeping them warm in the winter, but that doesn’t always mean it’s enough. Dogs who have short hair, are smaller, are built lower to the ground, and who are older, may appreciate a coat and boots during the winter. Watch for signs such as shivering, burrowing, lifting feet, and refusing to even step outside to let you know they’re looking for a little extra protection.
3. Clean them off (and clean your shed and/or garage)
Give your pet a nice wipe down with a clean cloth when they get inside to get the moisture out of their fur and feet. Pay extra attention to the pads. Salt and de-icer is an irritant to animals’ feet and can cause cracks and sores. They can also try to lick the salt off and make themselves sick.
While you’re at it, ensure that de-icer and salt are stored properly in containers your pets can’t get into, and take the time to remove chemicals such as antifreeze, which is very sweet to taste.
4. Watch their food intake
If you have a very active pooch, they may need a little bit of extra food during the winter to help keep their body weight up while they plow their way through the snow. Smaller dogs may also need help. Talk to your vet about whether or not it is wise to alter your pet’s diet during the winter.
5. Say something
If you happen to notice a dog in your neighbourhood who seems neglected, such as they are whining, barking, and sounding distressed during the day, politely alert your neighbour. It’s more than likely they just don’t know that there is a problem. Similarly, if you spot a cat that seems disorientated, out of sorts, and in need of help, try to alert the owner as well. Do not judge, be supportive, and simply keep an eye out for future problems.
Professional snow removal in Calgary from Mirage
Let us help take care of your property, you, and your family this winter. You can always count on the snow removal professionals at Mirage Landscaping. Our snow removal crews work around the clock to keep your home or business clear and fully compliant with all Calgary bylaws.
- Prompt services for both residential and commercial properties
- Expert crews with advanced snow removal equipment
- Service for parking lots, driveways, walkways, and ice management
- Sanding services for added vehicle traction on paved surfaces
You’ll be surprised to learn just how affordable our snow removal services are. Get started today by contacting us for a fast, free custom price quote.