Get Your Pets Ready for Spring!

 

As the weather turns warmer and we get ready for more outdoor activity, it’s important to prepare our yards and our pets for all the good things to come.

Check Out the Yard

There may be wind-blown debris in your yard that could be a chewing, choking hazard to your dog especially if you have a young dog or puppy that is very curious.

Has the winter weather damaged your fence? Check out the bottoms of board fences or posts and repair and replace as necessary. Heaving can loosen posts, so check them out and straighten and tamp them back in as necessary. If the posts have moved, be sure to check the boards or wire to make sure they haven’t come loose.

If heaving has damaged any landscaping materials such as borders be sure to repair it before your dog decides to help out by digging up the rest of the border material.

When using a lawn service or lawn products yourself, be sure to carefully read the warnings on the products as many dogs and cats are poisoned every year by the herbicides and pesticides in lawn care products, and are linked to cancer in dogs. Check out the herbicides and pesticides to beware of here.

Check Out the House

Heavy snows can damage gutters and drainage, so repair any problems before the spring rains cause puddles. Standing water not only creates a muddy mess that your dog will track into your home but also creates a breeding ground for disease carrying mosquitoes that can make your family as well as your pets ill.

Spring is great time to purchase a screen covered rain barrel as there are so many choices available this time of year.

If winter has played havoc with your doggy door, get your flaps replaced before the summer heat sets in. You can order new flaps for your Hale Pet Door to make it like brand new again. 

Check Out Your Pets

If your warm weather plans include hiking with Fido, be sure to check out his paws for winter damage before you set out. If you both have been couch potatoes all winter, start gradually to get in shape to avoid injury. Make sure his tags are readable for the rare chance you get separated.

If water sports are more your thing, check out your dog’s flotation device to make sure it still fits and is undamaged.

Enjoy Spring with Your Pets

This is a lovely time of year, and we all look forward to the great activities the balmy weather brings. A little preparation can spare you vet bills and your pet illness or injury, so get ready for spring!

Make Your Pet Door Like New Again – Clean Your Flaps!

dirty pet door flap

Pet Door Flaps get dirty and give you pet a dull view of the outdoors

Dogs and cats go in and out—pushing the pet door flaps with their wet noses. The dogs get wet from rain or a cooling soak in the pool then lie in the dirt or grass, and their next stop is through the dog door and into the house. Cats like to “mark” the edges of the flap with their saliva.

A few minutes of cleaning makes your pet door flaps like new again

Clean Pet Door Flap

A few minutes of cleaning makes your pet door flaps like new again

It’s no wonder the once sparkling clear flaps get grungy. The good news is that it’s easy to clean the flaps to like new appearance in just a few minutes.

Although the clear vinyl looks clear as glass—DO NOT use glass cleaner containing ammonia on your pet door flaps. The ammonia makes the vinyl cloudy. Instead use a non-ammonia based household cleaner like Simple Green or dish detergent in warm water. You’ll get the dust, dirt and grease off in a jiffy.

Just wash the dirt and grime off and wipe clean with a clean cloth or paper towel. If your pets are picky about the cleaner’s fragrance, rinse with clear water and dry for a spotless clean. Voila! Your pet door flaps are clean and clear as new. Your pets will appreciate being able to see out the pet door again.

If you want to add a layer of protection to your dog door flaps, use a high quality paste car wax to your clean flaps. The wax will protect your vinyl pet door flaps from the sun and make the dirt easier to remove.

Do you have before and after photos of your pet door? Please share them on our Facebook page.

How to Best Care for Your Hale Pet Door

Hale pet doors are the finest quality you can buy.  We use only the best materials and pride ourselves on the quality of our workmanship.   We have had many customers tell us that they have had their pet door for more than 15-20 years.  However, over time with continuous use even the best quality pet doors need a little upkeep.  The flaps can get cloudy from doggie and kitty noseprints accumulating. The carpet can get dirty from little pawprints.  The magnets can get loose or pushed too far into the frame to prevent a good seal with the flap.  But with just a little bit of care, you can keep your Hale Pet Door™ looking like new for years to come.

Following are a few simple suggestions for maintaining your pet door.

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  • Use a mild detergent (such as dish soap), lukewarm water, and a soft cloth to clean the pet door frame, the PVC vinyl flaps, and the security cover.  Simple Green is also excellent for cleaning the flaps. Never use an ammonia based cleaner on your pet door.
  • A vinyl protectant coating can be applied to prolong the life of your pet door’s flap(s).  If desired, you may add this protection by applying a vinyl protector (such as Armor-all) or Turtle Wax to the flaps.
  • If you purchased a Hale Pet Door™ wall model with a tunnel, the carpet can be easily cleaned with any vacuum with a hose.  If it should become stained, any carpet spot cleaner should work to remove the stain.
  • All glass used in our “In Glass”, “Panel” and “Window” models is tempered safety glass and can be cleaned with any standard glass cleaning product.
  • The magnets and weather stripping on your Hale Pet Door™ are all fully adjustable.  If necessary, use a flat head screwdriver to pry the magnets out.  Or you can turn the screwdriver around and use the handle to tap them in gently.  They can then be replaced or repositioned as needed. Of course, if you do need to replace any parts to restore your Hale Pet Door to its former glory, we offer replacement flaps, security covers, magnets, weatherstripping, and more.  Please visit our website at http://www.halepetdoor.com/products.html to order any replacement parts you may need.