Beware Before You Buy A Pet Door

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Pet doors are such an amazing invention, offering convenience to you and your pet. Whether it may be you have to work late or you get caught at a doctor’s appointment or you’re sick. There are many pros to installing pet doors, not only for you but for your pet. However, before purchasing a pet door, there are a few things to keep in mind.

Safety

Safety is #1. You want to make sure that your dog is safe at all times whether it may be in or out of the house. This will start with the type of door that you choose, whether it be a soft “flap” door, wooden door, or electronic door. You want to make sure that your dog will not injure themselves while trying to pass through. Make sure that whichever door you choose, it is installed properly and will ensure the safety of your pet. Each type of door has its own benefits, whereas some may be more cost effective though. Another thing to consider while choosing a pet door is to keep in mind any extreme weather conditions your area may encounter. You don’t want to track any dirt or slush into the house so make sure you choose your door wisely, some are better than others and can avoid this. You don’t want your pet to fall or better yet, injure any person inside the house. Make sure your pet and family are safe at all times!

Security

Along the lines of making sure that your pet is safe at all times, you want to ensure that you have secure pet doors. Make sure to get the smallest door possible to ensure that only your pet can fit through, to avoid unwanted visitors or burglars. Also, pet doors come with lock mechanisms that can only be unlocked by a sensor attached to your dog’s collar. This will provide the upmost security to your home ensuring that no other pet, person or pest could potentially have the option to enter. Don’t forget that most burglaries happen during the day when people aren’t home so you want to make sure that your pet door is secure as possible at all times.

Dog’s Measurements

Before purchasing a pet door, you want to make sure that it will fit the dimensions of your dog. Don’t assume that every door works! You will want to make sure that the height of the door is at least two inches above their shoulder height. They will duck their heads down anyways so it should be easy for them to enter and exit. As far as the width of the door, it should be at least two inches wider than their shoulders or hips, whichever is larger. Make sure to also take into consideration the dogs age and weight, will the dog be getting much bigger and need a larger pet door?

All things to consider and keep in mind while purchasing a pet door!  We hope you found some helpful insights here for you and your pet.

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