Winter Pet Safety: Top 7 Tips

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1. Get an energy efficient Hale Pet Door

When it’s cold and snowy outside, you may be tempted to leave your dog indoors where you know he’ll be safe from the tempestuous winter weather when you’re away from home. But it’s important that your dog has access to the outdoors to answer nature’s call when necessary. Having to ‘hold it’ can cause urinary tract and digestive issues that can result in much discomfort for your dog and extensive veterinarian bills for you.

2. Don’t leave your pet in a parked car

Your parked car can be a freezer – trapping the cold air inside. It can be just as dangerous to leave your pet in your unattended car in the winter as in the hot months.

3. Give your pet a warm bed

Just as you like a warm comfortable place to sleep, so does your cat or dog. Provide a bed – off the floor if possible – in an area away from drafts. A blanket can help trap your pet’s body heat, so she gets a good night’s sleep for optimal health and wellness.

4. Keep common poisons out of pets’ reach

All medications, antifreeze (just a few licks can cause death), rodent baits and poisons, and some houseplants can make your pets sick. Use only pet-friendly ice melting products that won’t irritate your pets when they lick their paws and stomachs.

5. Prevent hypothermia and frostbite

Let your dog’s coat grow longer for the winter months. If your dog has a short coat, get him a coat or sweater that covers him from the base of his head to his tail and around his belly. If your pet gets too cold and shows signs of hypothermia: disoriented, shivering, lethargic or hair standing on end, get her to the vet immediately. Frostbite can affect the tips of the ears, extremities and reproductive organs turning the skin bright red, pale or black.

6. Avoid electrocution and fire hazards

Chewing on heating pads wires can cause electrocution or shock. Heating pads’ iron oxide pads can cause poisoning. Portable heaters can be both a shock and fire hazard, so don’t leave your pet unattended with one in the room.

7. Bang on the hood

Feral cats and wildlife seek the warmth of vehicle engines. Give them a chance to escape by knocking on the hood before starting your car or truck.

Keep yourself and your best friends safe this winter season.

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Keep Your Pets Safe This Holiday Season

Keep Your Pets Safe This Holiday Season

Keeping your furry friends safe during the busy holiday season can be quite the challenge. There are new and interesting temptations in your home, new noises and smells, and likely a lot more people coming and going. In the hustle and bustle, it can sometimes be easy to overlook some common dangers for your pet. To help keep everyone in the holiday spirit – and out of the animal hospital – we have put together a little list of simple things you can do to keep your pets safe this holiday season.

Holiday Decorations: Tinsel can be very attractive to pets, particularly cats. While it may be fun to play with, ingesting it could result in an intestinal blockage. Similarly, if glass ornaments are broken and eaten, there would be great potential for serious damage to the digestive tract, or the glass shards could injure paws or other parts of the body. Lights that are hung too low on the tree are very tempting to pets who like to chew, and could create a fire or electrocution hazard. It is best to hang all holiday decorations out of reach of all household pets.

Holiday Plants: Mistletoe, holly and poinsettia are common holiday plants, and all of these are toxic to pets. It is best to avoid these plants in a household with pets, but if you have them, make sure they are out of your pet’s reach. Call your veterinarian or poison control center if you believe your pet has ingested any of these plants.

Christmas Tree: It can make your pet ill to eat certain types of Christmas trees, as well, so watch your pet closely for interest in chewing on the tree itself. The tree water can also be a concern, as it can contain fertilizers and/or bacteria, so it is a great idea to anchor your tree to the wall to prevent a spill, as well as to keep the tree from falling over onto your pet. Keep loose pine needles cleaned up off of the floor.

Gifts: Covered with bright colors, ribbons and bows, gifts can be an enormous temptation to curious pets. Make sure there are no food items inside the gifts under the tree, and it might help to minimize loose strings. Many people choose to place their tree in a corner and gate it off once presents starts to accumulate – this might be the safest choice to cover all of your bases.

Holiday Gatherings: Finally, one of the best parts of the holiday season is getting a chance to visit with loved ones, but sometimes the full house can be stressful for your pet. Take a few moments to make certain that your pet is fed on the same schedule as they are used to, and has a safe haven to escape the commotion, whether it is their favorite room, comfy bed, or through their Hale Pet Door into their cozy outdoor space.

Happy Holidays, from all of us at Hale Pet Door, to you and your furry family members!

Hale Pet Door to Participate in Colorado Gives Day 2017 #ColoradoGives #HaleGives

Join Hale Pet Door December 5th for Colorado Gives Day. Hale Pet Door will donate 10% of our net sales to the Denver Dumb Friends League through Colorado Gives. #HaleGives

Hale Pet Door is proud to be a family owned small business based in Colorado. We love making a product that improves the lives of people and their pets. And we absolutely love that we can give back to those organizations who help save the lives of so many homeless pets through our Rescue Rewards program. Therefore, we are always looking for new opportunities to increase our charitable giving to help animals.

A few of our recent donations include:

Pet Rescues in Disaster Areas during the month of October

Military Pet Rescues during Veteran’s Day weekend

The Humane Society of the United States for #GivingTuesday

So our newest campaign to raise money for charity is for Colorado Gives Day which is December 5, 2017. We will be donating 10% of our net sales for the day to the Denver Dumb Friends League. So please help us raise more money for them by purchasing your Hale Pet Door product on December 5. Together we can make a difference.

For more information about the Colorado Gives and the Denver Dumb Friends League we have included excerpts from their websites below:

Colorado Gives Day

Join one of the largest one-day giving movements in the country.

Each December Coloradans come together with the common goal to strengthen the community by helping to power nonprofits. Community First Foundation and FirstBank partner to make this day rewarding for givers, nonprofits and the community as a whole.

This year Colorado Gives Day is Tuesday, December 5, and features a $1 million Incentive Fund. Every nonprofit receiving a donation on Colorado Gives Day will receive a portion of the fund, increasing the value of every dollar donated. Colorado Gives Day has grown to be the state’s largest one-day online giving event, raising more than $145 million since it began in 2010. #ColoradoGivesDay

The Denver Dumb Friends League is a national model for saving the lives of homeless pets. Each day, an average of 60 pets come to us in search of warmth, comfort, loving care, food and a second chance. Your support helped us save 19,413 pets this last fiscal year. #DumbFriendsLeague

#GivingTuesday is coming – Help Us With #HalePetDoorGives

We had a nice response to our Veteran’s Day weekend charity promotion and donated 5% of our net sales to Paws & Stripes and America’s VetDogs – Veteran’s K-9 Corps. Thank you all for participating with #HaleGives.

This has inspired us to do more, so on Giving Tuesday, 11/28/2017, Hale Pet Door will donate 10% of our net sales to the Humane Society of the United States. #HaleGives #HalePetDoorGives

The HSUS is leading the way for a better future for all animals around the world. They directly care for thousands of pets and wildlife each year through rescue efforts, disaster response, mobile veterinary clinics, five animal care centers and a global street dog program. The HSUS also provides training and services to local shelters and rescue groups, supports spay/neuter and adoption initiatives and offers tips on caring for your pets. The HSUS is an advocate for animals through public policy, corporate reforms and major campaigns to confront national and global cruelties. Here is a link to explore how they work: http://www.humanesociety.org/work #HumaneSociety #HSUS

Giving Tuesday was started in 2012 and is a global day of giving. Celebrated the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, it kicks off the holiday season by giving back – to your community, to charities – by volunteering, gifting or donating money. Created to combat commercialism and powered by social media and your collaboration.

Why is Giving Tuesday important:

  • Allows you to feel better about yourself
  • We help those in need
  • Everyone can participate

Ways to share on Giving Tuesday:

  • Give to your favorite charity or a new one
  • Volunteer at a local shelter or hospital
  • Donate items: blankets, clothes, coats, etc.
  • Use the hashtag #GivingTuesday to help raise awareness of the occasion among your social networks

More about Giving Tuesday:

Created by the team at the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact — a cultural center in New York City that, since 1874, has been bringing people together around the values of service and giving back—Giving Tuesday connects diverse groups of individuals, communities and organizations around the world for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving. A team of influencers and founding partners joined forces, collaborating across sectors, offering expertise and working tirelessly, to launch Giving Tuesday and have continued to shape, grow and strengthen the movement. Giving Tuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year and a growing catalog of resources. https://www.givingtuesday.org/about

November is Adopt a Senior Dog Month

13982957_lLet’s help the rescues and shelters to adopt all their senior dogs this month (and every month). Now we know those puppies are awfully cute and cuddly and so irresistible – but so are the senior dogs. There are many pluses to getting a senior dog. And many times a senior dog is a perfect match for a senior person.

  • Most senior dogs are already housetrained, saving you time and stress training a new puppy where to do his business. Puppies need lots of patience, energy and consistent training; so they become a well behaved dog.
  • Older dogs won’t need the constant monitoring that their younger counterparts need for house training, chewing or other mischief.
  • Older dogs are typically calmer and less energetic than puppies; they are easier to teach new tricks. In fact, many already know basic commands. Because they are calmer and have longer attention spans they learn new things easier and quicker.
  • Senior dog’s personalities are already developed and they are full grown. So you know from the start if the two of you will be a good match. For instance if they’re a snuggle-bunny, ready for naptime or one that likes hikes, car rides or walks in the great outdoors.
  • And the love and gratitude that they give you is unfathomable. They will be a loyal, grateful new member of your family.

Rescue groups and shelters are able to assess the dogs and match you with the best dog based on their personality and your lifestyle. Because they assess the dogs they can give you information about the dog’s health, training, grooming requirements, etc.

It’s sad that dogs, sometimes only as old as 5 years, are often the last and most difficult group to be adopted. Senior dogs tend to spend the longest amount of time in rescues or shelters before finding their “furever” home.

Many senior pets are at a rescue or shelter because their lives have been uprooted either due to a death or tragedy of their former owner. Most are exceptionally affectionate and attentive pets, wanting nothing more than to please their new owner – YOU.

Check with your local shelter or a rescue group to see if they have any specials on adopting a senior pet. And don’t forget as with any pet rescue, if you adopt a senior pet, Hale Pet Door will give you 10% off the price of your pet door and donate an additional 10% to the rescue or humane society where you adopted your pet.

Help Us Save More Lives During this Special Rescue Month

83420269 - water flows through a dirt roadClear back in October 1981, American Humane initiated the first “Adopt-A-Dog” month to encourage pet adoption and to help enhance the lives of pet owners. Each year since then October has been considered a special month to focus on pet rescue. Since our inception in 1985, Hale Pet Door has always focused on pet adoptions through our rescue rewards program to encourage not only pet adoption but also happy, healthy living for your pets.

This year has been full of one natural disaster after another. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose, and Maria have had an unprecedented impact on parts of the country. Wildfires have been raging in the western United States in Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Montana, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and more. Earthquakes have struck in numerous places. And the list goes on.

All of this has led to an unprecedented effect not just on human lives but on their animal companions as well. Many rescue organizations prepared for the hurricanes that they knew were coming by holding special rescue drives to empty their shelters beforehand so they could better deal with the onslaught of animals afterward. Animal transport networks have geared up and are transporting animals out of the disaster areas throughout the entire country to facilitate faster adoptions. Countless corporations have donated food and water, pet beds, and other necessities to assist.

At Hale we would also like to do our part. For the month of October, if you have ever rescued a shelter pet, taken in a stray and given him a home or simply inherited a pet from a friend or family member who would otherwise have gone to a shelter, we want you to help us help others.

Purchase a pet door, ramp or security barrier during the month of October, put the name of the rescue in the appropriate field on the checkout page, and use the code “DISASTERRESCUE2017”. You will still receive your 10% discount but we will double our donation to the rescue you designate. Together we can save more lives and make this a month truly worth celebrating.

Keep Your Pets Healthy, Keep Your Pets Happy

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Pets are such a huge part of our lives and we always want to keep them as happy and healthy as possible. Here are just three ways you can contribute to your pet’s health and quality of life.

Reflective Gear

As fall approaches we think of cooler weather and shorter days. The days already are noticeably shorter and many of us are going to work or coming home in the dark. But don’t stop those walks with your furry friends. They need to get out as much as you do. But with the darker, shorter days, those walks may now be taking place when there is less light in the mornings and evenings. Take additional precautions by making sure that they have reflective gear just like you. You can now find reflective tags, collars, harnesses, leashes and vests for your pet online and in some pet stores. So don’t miss out on those enjoyable walks with your pet, the fresh air, exercise and relaxation in communing with nature – just take extra precautions.

Homemade Pet Food

There are many debates regarding homemade pet food vs. store bought pet food. With all the recalls and concerns over ingredients in commercial pet foods, more and more people are considering homemade pet food. The general consensus is that homemade is better, but there are some serious considerations.

Potential drawbacks to homemade pet food:

  • Takes time to prepare those meals.
  • Educate yourself on which foods are safe for your pet to eat (some foods like grapes, avocados and chocolate can be fatal).
  • Find recipes and ingredients for homemade pet food and which recipes your pet will eat.
  • Finally, it is very, very important that you feed a well balanced diet in order to keep him healthy. So you will also need to learn about what constitutes a balanced diet for your pet as this varies depending on the age, health and species of your pet.

To many though, the advantages outweigh the drawbacks, some examples:

  • Never worrying that the food you’re feeding will turn out to be tainted by a bad ingredient, pesticide or harmful chemical.
  • You know exactly what your pet is eating.
  • He’ll likely have a longer life span.
  • He will be less tasty to fleas and other bugs.
  • He’ll have a shinier coat and fewer skin problems.
  • He’ll have more energy.
  • It will be easier to keep him at a healthy weight.

All in all, if you’d like to make homemade pet food and your pet is a healthy adult dog or cat, do your research (there is lots of information and recipes out there) and go for it. If you have a puppy or kitten or a pet with special diet or needs, please check with your veterinarian. If you have questions or concerns after doing your research, check with your veterinarian.

Outdoor Access and Enrichment

Finally, with the shorter days and cooler weather it is tempting for us to snuggle down and begin our annual hibernation rituals. Don’t keep your pet cooped up with you. By providing them easy access to the outdoors during the day even when you aren’t home and in the mornings and evenings when you may not feel like being outside with them, you give them an opportunity to work on their own physical and mental health. Being able to go outside and relieve themselves when the need arises it much healthier for animals than being forced to “hold it” all day until you can let them out. Additionally the “great outdoors” are great for a reason. There are so many sights and sounds and smells to stimulate your dog’s senses that it keeps them more active and mentally engaged. A win-win for everyone. If your pet doesn’t currently have easy access to your yard, check out the line of Hale Pet Door products and see if one would be right for you and your home.

 

Back to School Tips to Help Your Pets

22613431 - purebred australian shepherd  and books in front of white backgroundIt’s that time of year again where parents are busy buying bouquets of pencils and backpacks with the latest movie characters on them and having lively discussions with the kids about what clothes are appropriate for school. It’s BACK TO SCHOOL time again.

But what about the four legged members of your family? While this time of year is exciting, it is also stressful not just for parents and kids but for the family pets as well. Maybe they have spent all summer running in and out of the house at will and playing outside with “their” kids. Maybe they have just spent many hours snuggled up together watching TV, reading, playing games, etc. Whatever the case may be, the kids are now gone for many hours a day and your pets may struggled with separation anxiety. Or they may just become a pest and bug Mom or Dad a million times a day to “let them in, let them out, let them in, let them out…”

How can you help?

Here are a few short tips to make the back to school transition easier for you and your pets.

  • Make time to spend with your pet even if it’s just a few minutes a day while the kids are away.
  • If possible, when walking or driving your kids to school, take Fido with you.
  • If you are gone from home all day as well, get your pet some “smart toys” that will engage him more fully or maybe invest in a “Pet-Cam” that allows you to talk to your pet. Some models even allow you to push a button on your smartphone and reward your pet with a treat.
  • There’s also the low-tech approach by getting your pet some new toys or treats to distract him.
  • As crazy as it may sound, getting another pet may be a solution if your pet is feeling especially lonely and starting to show signs of depression or acting out.
  • To prevent accidents, stress for your pet, or even just as a convenience for you, consider adding a Hale Pet Door to your home. This will allow your pet to relieve himself as needed and also give them access to the great outdoors where there are many more sights and sounds to entertain him until “his” kids come home.

Keep Your Cool and Save Money with an Energy Efficient Hale Pet Door

It’s August and the long, hot dog days of summer are upon us.
Each time you open your house door to let your dog or cat in and out, you let in a blast of hot air. This makes your air conditioner work harder, and that costs you money.
A Hale Pet Door can help you save on your energy bills because the double flaps close securely and the opening is smaller than opening your ‘people door’ every time your pet wants to go out and come back in the house.
A Hale Pet Door also saves your personal time and energy because you don’t have to stop what you’re doing and get up to attend to your dog or cat’s need to go in and out.
So save on your utility bill and be more efficient—whether you’re completing tasks or just relaxing—with a Hale Pet Door.

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Enjoy a Safe Summer with Your Pets

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Celebrating with fireworks can be stressful for our pets

The glorious warm weather is time to get outdoors and have fun with your pets. However, outdoor activities can be detrimental to your pets’ health and welfare if you’re not aware of these common summertime hazards.

Exercise in the Heat of the Day

While it’s fun to get out and walk, run or bike with your dog, be sure to do so when the temperatures are moderate. If your small dog has to run while you walk and it’s hot, your dog can overheat. Also, your dog is walking ‘barefoot’ and is closer to the pavement which can make it much hotter for your dog than for you.

Brachycephalic (flat faced) breeds can have a hard time getting air, and breathing can be harder in hot humid weather. If you have a pug or bulldog type dog, be sure to get out in the early morning or late evening to avoid heatstroke or breathing problems.

Dog parks can be fun for you and your dog, but be aware that with all the stimulation of canine friends, your pup may overdo the running and playing in the hot summer sun. Watch your dog carefully and bring her into the shade to drink and cool off before she gets too hot and risks heatstroke. Dogs who love to retrieve or play Frisbee will keep running – risking heatstroke – so be sure to moderate their activity.

You may be tempted to run errands on your way home with your pet, but don’t leave your dog in the car when it’s hot. The heat in a car – even with the windows cracked can reach lethal temperatures in a very short time. If your dog is already hot from playing, heatstroke can occur quickly. Take your best friend home to rest before stopping at the store.

Boating and Water Sports

Some dogs love the water and will gladly go boating with you. Sporting breeds can be strong swimmers, but just like with you, the water poses hazards. When you take your dog on your boat, be sure to provide a life jacket or PFD appropriate for your dog’s size.

Take time to train your dog to stay in the boat, so he doesn’t jump off after wildlife. Depending on your location, your dog may be tempted to chase poisonous snakes or predatory wildlife – which could be disastrous for your pet. Giving your dog a designated space will decrease the likelihood of your dog getting underfoot or tangled in fishing lines.

River and ocean currents can pose special dangers to your pet, so be ready to help him out when swimming in these waters. This is when the flotation device can be a lifesaver because there’s usually a handle on the back of the PFD to grab and haul your pet to safety.

Insects, Snakes and Wildlife

When you’re out hiking the wilderness or taking a walk in the woods, you should be aware of the dangers lurking there. Besides the obvious insects: mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks there can be venomous snakes that are potentially hazardous to your dog’s health.

Wildlife usually run away when humans and dogs approach. But they might stand their ground if defending young, and they can hurt your dog. Depending where you’re enjoying the great outdoors, you could have a run-in with coyotes, wolves, lion, deer, elk and moose. Because skunks and porcupines can’t move too fast, they have defense mechanisms to deter attack that can cause your dog pain. If you have a small dog, keep him close to you as eagles have been known to attack small dogs.

Fireworks

More dogs are lost during the Fourth of July celebrations than any other time of year. If your dog or cat is reactive to the noise and lights of this festive time, be sure to create a safe haven in your home where your pets will not be bothered. Because the sensitivity can come on suddenly, be aware if your pet is bothered by thunder and lightning before she runs away in panic.

When you do take them out, be sure to keep them on a leash if there’s any chance they might bolt in fear. When you have a Hale Pet Door, you can securely lock them in the house with the security cover, so there’s no chance of losing them while you’re out celebrating our nation’s birthday.