Did You Know that Pets Can Wear Sunscreen? Protect Your Dog with Canine Sunscreen and a Pet Door As you plan more outdoor time with your four-legged family members this summer, it is important to think about how to protect them from the sun’s harsh rays. Like humans, dogs and cats are also susceptible to sunburn and skin cancer. Those with lighter or white fur and hairless breeds are especially vulnerable. Yes, pets can wear sunscreen but be careful what you apply! How to Select Sunscreen for Your Pets General sunscreen products are not safe to use on your pooch or feline. Products for humans typically contain zinc oxide which is toxic if ingested by your pets. Here are some tips on how to purchase the right sunblock for your canines and cats. Read the label: Check for zinc and for any warnings about using the product on your pet. Look for a pet-specific sunscreen: These do not pose a risk to your furry friend. If you have trouble finding it, look for one that is made for … [Read more...]

Is Your Cat Banging on the Door? Poor Kitty! Install a Pet Door and Rest Easy Of course, you love your cat. Your friends may not want to see one more of your cat videos, but your kitty is adorable. Except when you are annoyed by their belligerent behavior and sleepless nights. Vets say that there are several reasons why your cat might be scratching or meowing at your door. She could be hungry, trying to get your attention, needs more play time or simply wants to go outside. Here are some ways to stop your cat from banging on the door. Tips to Stop Your Cat from Destroying Your Door and Your Sleep Spend some time with kitty: All she probably wants is some one-on-one time with you when you get home from work. Make it a point to spend quality time with her before or after dinner and see if the scratching stops. Change her feeding schedule: Perhaps she is hungry. Try giving her a little more food. Or change her meal time to shortly before you go to bed. This might help her and … [Read more...]

Should You Buy Pet Scratch Protectors or Pet Doors? Is your cat or dog ruining your floors, furniture, doors and trim? Before investing in plastic door shields or scratch guard vinyl furniture products, it is important to understand the reasons for your pet’s destructive behavior. While the most basic reason for your pooch misbehaving is the ‘need to go’, being bored and stuck indoors all day could also be a factor. Read on to learn what is more effective—pet scratch protectors or pet doors. Important Benefits of Installing Pet Doors Allowing free access to a fenced backyard helps to maintain a calm, happy temperament and consequently, prevents damage to doors and furniture from scratching and chewing. Installing cat or dog doors has made many pet owners and their four-legged family members happier. Here’s how.  Healthy bathroom frequency: On average, dogs need to go outside at least 4-5 times per day to relieve themselves. This means Fido cannot wait for hours till you get … [Read more...]

Tips for Preventing Your Dog’s Muddy Paws A Pet Door Can Help Keep Your Home Clean Most pet owners dread the rain because it means muddy paws all over the house. Wet weather aside, dogs, especially puppies love to dig dirt, play in the mud and run through puddles. A dirt trapping mat is one way to minimize all the cleaning and mopping. Read about a few other ways to prevent your dog’s muddy paws from messing up your clean home. How to Keep Your Dog’s Paws Clean  Disposable wipes: Rain or sun, your pet must go outside to relieve herself. Wet wipes are a quick and convenient way to clean the mud and dirt off her paws when she comes in. While some pets may have sensitivities to the cleaning solution, most others have no adverse reactions. Keep a box of these handy near your pet door. Paw cleaning mitt: Many pet owners recommend using this because the fluffy fibers trap dirt effectively and keep your hands clean. To remove stubborn dirt, simply wet it. The mitt is less expensive … [Read more...]

7 Reasons to Allow Your Cat to Go Out through a Pet Door Many pet parents are conflicted about whether to give their cats some outside time. Hazards like passing cars, loose dogs, wild animals, infections and the risk of getting lost, are possibly your main concerns about your cat going in and out when you are away. However, your enclosed yard might be a safe place to enjoy fresh air and explore the outdoors a couple of times per day. Learn about the multiple benefits of allowing your cat to go out through a pet door. Benefits of Letting Your Cat Play in Your Backyard Prevents boredom: Being inside all day is no fun for a cat. Letting your feline friend roam freely in your backyard provides an interesting change of scene. You can build an enclosure or install special fencing to keep your kitty safe. Deters destructive behavior: Scratching furniture, excessive mewing, stubbornness and sudden aggression towards people can be signs of boredom. Watching birds and squirrels up … [Read more...]

Tips to Protect Your Pets from the Sun Install a Quality Pet Door to Minimize Exposure Like us, our pets too can suffer sunburn and develop skin cancer. Every summer, emergency room staff attend to dogs and cats with burned paws, heat stroke and cancerous lesions. Minimizing exposure, applying sunscreen and never leaving your beloved animals in the car on a sweltering day are some ways to protect your pets from the sun. Read these summer safety tips for your pets. 5 Ways to Keep Your Pets Healthy and Safe in Summer Keep them indoors when it’s hot: Do not take them for walks or to the dog park between 11 am and 3 pm when the sun is at its peak. Walk your pooch earlier in the morning or later in the evening when the sun is setting. Hairless breeds and pets with white or lighter-colored fur are especially vulnerable to sunburn. Consider a sun shirt. There are many cute garments designed specifically for pets. Check the sidewalk: If it is too hot for you to hold your hand on … [Read more...]

Do Your Dogs Enjoy Enough Time Outside? Get a Good Quality Pet Door Today! Many pet owners only let their canines out when they need to relieve themselves. Most often, they do so only when they are home. However, your four-legged friends need to walk, run and play outdoors daily. Being inside for most of the day has a negative impact on their physical and mental health. From maintaining a healthy weight to avoiding behavioral issues, here are five important reasons why dogs need plenty of outside time. Installing a pet door is a great way to allow your dog more fresh air and exercise, even in your absence. Reasons to Let Your Dog Out More Often Exercise: According to the Animal Foundation, your pooch requires at least one hour of exercise every day. However, dogs that are bred for sporting (pointers, retrievers, setters, spaniels, etc.) and herding (all hounds) activities, may need more activity. In addition to exercise, going for walks also offers an opportunity to train your … [Read more...]

Dog Doors Keep Your Pet Healthy Pet doors encourage good health in dogs and cats. Being able to relieve themselves when they need to is one of the most important benefits. Holding it in for too long increases their risk of contracting bladder, kidney and urinary tract infections. Unfortunately, you cannot always be there to let them out. By providing easy access to the backyard when they must go, dog doors keep your pet healthy. Avoid messy accidents when you come home to your pet who has been alone indoors. How Many Times Should You Let Your Dog Out?  New pet owners are typically unsure about how many times their pooches may need to do their business. While adult dogs usually need to urinate 4 to 5 times a day, the schedule might vary with breed, age and diet. Here are some guidelines to help. Puppies: Like babies, puppies and young dogs need to urinate frequently. According to vets, you might have to take them out every hour. They may also need to go after a meal, active … [Read more...]

Expert Advice on How to Size Your Pet Door Considering a pet door for Fido or Fifi? It’s a great idea! Even well trained pets can have the occasional accident, which means having to clean up the mess when you get home. With a safe entry and exit in your absence, your beloved animals can relieve themselves without the stress of holding it in. Modern designs are easy for your four-legged friends to use. They are also secure and can be locked at night. To make the most of your investment, learn how to size your pet door correctly. Three Tips for Choosing a Pet Door Measure your pet: Measure your dog or cat’s height from the ground and the widest part of their bodies. If you have multiple pets, take measurements of the tallest and the shortest one. We recommend creating a mock opening first (using a cardboard cutout) for them to walk through. You may have to use treats to get them on board with the idea of a pet door. Weigh your cat or dog: This affects the durability of the door … [Read more...]

Tips for Protecting Sliding Doors from Storm Damage Sliding glass doors are a popular choice with Bay Area homeowners for areas leading to the backyard or patio. They add style, bring in natural light, and offer clear views. However, they are susceptible to damage from flying objects during a storm and when breached, can allow debris and water into your home. Here are some tips for protecting your beautiful sliding doors and your home from storm damage. 5 Ways to Protect Your Sliding Patio Doors during California Storms  Choose the right landscaping materials: Strong winds turn small rocks and gravel into deadly objects that can shatter your glass patio door. Use mulch to lower the risk of breakage and any injuries from flying glass. This article in The Hartford’s Extra Mile also recommends flagstone walkways and asphalt or cement driveways to minimize storm damage. Install storm shutters on your doors: They are easy to close and prevent rocks and any unsecured objects … [Read more...]