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Hot Weather Safety Tips for Pets

Hot Weather Safety Tips for Pets Use a Pet Door and Keep them Out of the Sun Dogs and cats are just as vulnerable to summer heat as young children and older people. While they might love to play outdoors, it is important to keep them safe from dehydration and sunburn. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) offers some important hot weather safety tips for your pets. 10 Ways to Protect Your Pets in Summer Use pet-specific sunscreen: Products for humans generally contain zinc oxide which is toxic for your animals. Limit walking on asphalt surfaces: The heat can burn their sensitive paws. Walk them in the grass if you can. Avoid over-exercising them: Walk your pooch during the early hours of the morning or after sundown when it is cooler. Provide plenty of fresh drinking water: Change the water in their bowls often and carry a bottle when you are outdoors with your pet. Never leave them unattended in your car: Vehicles will overheat in … [Read more...]

Make Sliding Doors More Energy Efficient

Make Sliding Doors More Energy Efficient Useful Tips to Increase Energy Efficiency of Your Sliding Doors Air leaks through sliding patio doors can cause a significant increase in your energy bills. Caulking around them is one of the simplest ways to reduce the amount of air coming in and going out. A more effective, but expensive alternative is to replace the existing panes with low E glass. Our experts offer valuable tips to make your sliding doors more energy efficient. Your Sliding Glass Doors Can Be More Energy Efficient. Here’s How: Clean the jambs and tracks: Accumulated dirt and debris can damage the seals, resulting in heat loss or gain. Replace damaged weather stripping: Sliding doors depend on quality weather stripping to keep out the heat and cold. When replacing worn out stripping, make sure you choose the right kind. Some products are cheap for a reason! Reinstall caulking: Shifting building weight and fluctuating weather cause caulking to crack and fall out. … [Read more...]

Can Pets Wear Sunscreen?

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...]

Cat Banging on the Door? Try a Pet Door!

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...]

Pet Scratch Protectors or Pet Doors

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...]