Holiday Pet Safety Tips

Golden Retriever with Christmas Tree

Enjoy the holidays with your pets by keeping them safe

The holiday season is officially here! It’s time to celebrate with family and friends with decorations, gifts and luscious foods. It’s tempting to give in to the soulful looks of your furry friends when you’re enjoying exotic foods, it’s important to know that some of your favorite foods and decorations can be toxic or dangerous to your pets.

Foods that Can be Toxic to Your Pet

  •  Alcohol in beer, wine, mixed drinks
  • Caffeine in coffee, tea, soft drinks, cold medications and pain killers
  • Chocolate in candies, cakes and cocoa
  • Yeast Dough before baking
  • Raw Eggs
  • Fat Trimmings and Bones
  • Grapes, Raisins and Currants
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Milk and Dairy Foods
  • Onions and Garlic
  • Persimmon, Peach and Plum pits contain cyanide
  • Raw Meat and Fish
  • Salty Foods
  • Sugary Drinks and Desserts
  • Xylitol sweetened candy, toothpaste, gum, baked goods and diet foods

Be Careful with Your Holiday Decorations

The following holiday decorations have been known to be hazardous to pets:

  • Pointsettias, Lilies, Mistletoe and Holly Berries
  • Tinsel and Garland if ingested
  • Candles can cause burns or become a fire hazard
  • Electrical Cords if chewed
  • Flocking or Imitation Snow
  • Preservatives in Live Christmas Tree Water
  • Snow Globes and Bubble Lights can contain toxic chemicals
  • Edible Ornaments can have toxic components
  • Potpourri can contain Essential Oils that can be toxic to cats: Cinnamon Bark Oil, Lavender Oil, Lemon Oil,  Melaleuca/Tea Tree Oil, Peppermint Oil, Thyme Oil or Wintergreen Oil

Plan Your Festivities to Avoid Your Pets’ Anxiety

You love sharing your home with family and friends, but make sure to consider your pets when entertaining – what’s fun for you may be stressful for your furry family members.

While your Labrador can be comfortable in the midst of the party, your cat may not be as social. Know your pet, if you think your cat or shy dog might be freaked out by so many strangers in the house, give them safe haven in a closed bedroom, their crate, or bed in a quiet corner.

Be sure to caution your guests about approaching your pets while they are in their “safe spots”. When your pets feel that they’re safe, they’ll come out of hiding to mingle, but don’t be surprised if they don’t appreciate your party.

Get a Hale Pet Door and Take the Stress Out of the Holidays

 Your pets’ safe haven may be their fenced backyard. When you have an energy efficient Hale Pet Door, your pets can come and go to the party as they please.

If you’re going to be away for the holidays, your pet sitter will appreciate the convenience your dog door brings to her schedule and your dog’s well being because he won’t have to wait for someone to come and let him out.

When you’re out visiting friends and relatives, the time can fly by – but with a durable Hale Pet Door, you won’t have to worry about getting home to let your dog out because she’ll be able to go out when she needs to.

There are dog doors for every location in your home. Check them out at Hale Pet Door and order yours today!

Get an Energy Efficient Pet Door for Your New Senior Pet

Mature dogs often make the best pets

Mature dogs often make the best pets

November is Adopt-A-Senior Pet Month. It’s a great time to find your new best friend and save a life. Many shelters and rescues run “specials” on adoption fees for senior pets during November, so you’ll have more to spend on beds, toys, treats and a pet door.

In the world of pets, “senior” is not really “old”.  Very large dogs (over 90 pounds) are considered senior at age 6. Large dogs (51 – 90 pounds) become senior citizens at age 7. Medium dogs (21 – 50 pounds) are senior at age 8, and small dogs (up to 20 pounds) reach senior status at 9 years. Cats are considered senior citizens when they reach 9 years.

While puppies and kittens are cute, senior pets are a lot less work because they assimilate quickly, are not as destructive – no teething to deal with, are more laid back and really appreciate the care you give them.

As with pets of all ages, they require good food, fresh water and appropriate exercise. Most of all they flourish on love and attention.

When dogs can answer ‘nature’s call’ right away, they are healthier and less prone to develop urinary or digestive tract problems. Since it’s difficult for you to be home all the time, a high quality pet door can let the dog out and let him back in the house to rest.

No matter what size senior pet you adopt, you can have a dog door that’s the right size for your pet because Hale Pet Door makes 11 sizes of pet doors. If you want to replace your existing dog door with an energy efficient and durable Hale Pet Door, you can have a pet door made to fit the hole you already have in your door or wall. Just call 800-646-4773 with your rough opening – you might be surprised at how affordable a custom size dog door can be.

Because you want to keep the new addition to your family safe for years to come, the soft heavy vinyl flaps of the Hale Pet Door provide the best protection against outside air while staying safe for your pets. These flaps are crystal clear with stainless steel strikes that hold firm to 5 times stronger Alnico magnets while allowing your pet to come and go as he pleases.

Help the shelters and rescues find forever homes for their senior pets and save a life. Just let us know that you rescued your pet, and you’ll save 10% on your Hale Pet Door with our Rescue Rewards Program. We’ll donate that same 10% to the shelter or rescue where you adopted your pet.

Do you have a senior pet? What’s the best thing about your older pet? Please share in the comments below.

Get an Energy Efficient Pet Door for Your New Shelter Dog

Shelter dogs make the best pets

Shelter dogs make the best pets

October is Adopt-A-Shelter Dog Month. It’s a great time to find your new best friend and save a life. Many shelters run “specials” on adoption fees during October, so you’ll have more to spend on beds, toys, treats and a pet door.

When dogs can answer ‘nature’s call’ right away, they are healthier and less prone to develop urinary or digestive tract problems. Since it’s difficult for you to be home all the time, a high quality pet door can let the dog out and let him back in the house to rest.

No matter what size shelter dog you adopt, you can have a dog door that’s the right size for your pet because Hale Pet Door makes 11 sizes of pet doors. If you want to replace your existing dog door with an energy efficient and durable Hale Pet Door, you can have a pet door made to fit the hole you already have in your door or wall. Just call 800-646-4773 with your rough opening – you might be surprised at how affordable a custom size dog door can be.

Because you want to keep the new addition to your family safe for years to come, the soft heavy vinyl flaps of the Hale Pet Door provide the best protection against outside air while staying safe for your pets. These flaps are crystal clear with stainless steel strikes that hold firm to 5 times stronger Alnico magnets while allowing your pet to come and go as he pleases.

Help the shelters find forever homes for their dogs and save a life. Just let us know that you rescued your pet, and you’ll save 10% on your Hale Pet Door with our Rescue Rewards Program. We’ll donate that same 10% to the shelter or rescue group where you adopted your pet.

Keep Your Pets Cool During the Hot Summer Weather

Black Schnauzer running in grass

Dogs enjoy summer, but it’s up to us to keep them safe

As you’re having fun in the sun, be sure to keep in mind your dog’s health and welfare. Dogs, just like people, can suffer from too much sun and heat.

Here are some of the dangers that summer heat can create and steps you can take to prevent them.

  • NEVER leave your dog in a parked car. Even with the windows cracked open, temperatures can rise quickly causing your beloved pet to suffer heatstroke or even death. What you think may be a quick errand can turn into a 20 minute delay that could endanger your best friend’s life. On a 95 degree day, your car can turn into a 130 degree oven in only 30 minutes. Don’t take a chance – leave your pet home while you run to the store.
  • Hot pavement can burn paws. If it’s too hot for you to walk barefoot on the sidewalk, street or parking lot, your pet’s paws can be burned on those surfaces as well.
  • Because dogs and cats don’t sweat but pant to regulate body temperature, keep in mind that breathing hot air will slow the cooling process. In extreme heat, keep your pets in the same temperatures where you are comfortable – whether that’s outside in the shade or indoors in a temperature controlled environment.
  • Remember that your pet’s coat protects her from the sun. Don’t shave your pet thinking she’ll be cooler. She may be susceptible to sunburn without her fur coat protection, and her coat helps regulate her temperature.
  • If your dog has a thin light colored coat, consider using a pet approved sunscreen on the bridge of his nose and ear tips when you’re going to be out in the sun for an extended period.
  • Provide plenty of cool clean water all of the time as hydration is crucial to keeping your pet’s temperature normal.
  • Exercise and walks are important to your dog’s physical and emotional health, so walk early in the morning before the heat of the day or in the evening when the temperatures have cooled down.
  • Get an energy efficient Hale Pet Door, so your pets can access the outdoors to relieve themselves and return to the cool indoor environment.

Fourth of July Safety Tips for Your Pets

Keep your pets safe while celebrating

Sensitive dogs like this one require extra care during the noisy celebrations of Independence Day

The busiest day at Shelters around the country is the Fifth of July. So many pets get so scared by the explosions and lights that they run blindly in terror and can’t find their way home and end up at the local pound.

Here are some tips to keep your pets safe and calm while the country celebrates her birthday:

  • Find a Quiet Place – Keep your pets confined to a safe room in your home while the fireworks are on. Play some comforting music or turn on the television to block the noise. If you’re not going out to celebrate, relax and pet or cuddle with your cat or dog making them comfortable.
  • If it’s barbeque or block party time, be sure to keep your pet safe inside your home, so she doesn’t hear your voice and try to jump the fence to get to you or those enticing food odors.
  • Keep those delicious party foods for people. Exotic foods coupled with excitement can upset your pet’s digestive system. Remember that tasty foods that we enjoy, like: avocado, onion, raisins, grapes, chocolate and alcohol can be toxic to our furry friends.
  • Although sunscreen and bug repellant may help you enjoy the outdoors, don’t use these products on your pet unless they are specifically made for animals’ delicate skin.
  • Even if your pet is not afraid of the booms and bright lights of fireworks, be sure to keep him away from matches and sparklers as they can cause burns.
  • Be sure to securely fasten your Hale Pet Door security cover to keep your pets safe inside the house while you go out to celebrate.

Keep summer a fun time by keeping your pets safe while you celebrate Independence Day!

Dog Water Safety Tips for Home and Out & About

water pugYour pet’s safety is important both to avoid vet bills and unnecessary pain and suffering. Here are a few tips to keep your dog safe while enjoying summer fun.

Safety First when Boating with Your Dog

All dogs can swim, and some are quite expert. However if your dog is accidently thrown overboard, the impact with the water can momentarily stun him, and his swimming instinct may not kick in. The wake from a moving watercraft or the rapids of a fast moving river can roll your dog preventing from swimming.

There are several manufacturers of life jackets for dogs. This site outlines the pros and cons of some of them: http://www.boatus.com/foundation/findings/findingsdog.htm

Keep a close eye on your best friend the first few times in the boat or raft to make sure she doesn’t jump after flying birds or interesting things floating in the water. As with other new experiences, training is essential to a good time for both you and your pet.

Be Aware of Changes in Natural Waterways

That lazy river or small stream can become a hazardous torrent when weather quickly changes upstream. It may be bright and sunny where you are with no notice of rain, but if it’s raining miles upstream, your walk by the creek can change without warning.

If your favorite waterway begins in hilly country, a thunderstorm miles away can change that placid waterway into a danger to your best friend who could get washed away. Pay attention to the weather forecast at the source of the river or stream to avoid putting your dog’s life at risk.

Summer Thunderstorms Can Be Lethal

Get off the water as soon as thunderstorms threaten. Most lakes are flat and wide open, and water is an excellent conductor of electricity. Lightning can be harmful if not fatal to you and your pets, so get off the water and into a building or your vehicle as soon as possible.

Avoid the rivers or streams that feed the lake in case the storm creates a flash flood.

Floods Bring More than Water

When water rises, it can bring all sorts of dangers downstream to your dog who is happily splashing in the water on a hot summer day.

Branches and downed trees can break loose in high water creating a potential collision with your dog. In severe flash floods the water brings rocks and boulders tumbling down the stream or dry wash.

Another not so obvious danger is the pollution from storm water runoff. Pesticides and fertilizers from lawns or farm fields can be toxic for your dog to drink or through skin absorption.

If there’s a sewage plant or septic tanks upstream, the flood water can bring all sorts of nasty pollution into the creek that could potentially make your dog ill.

Safe Water in Your Backyard

If your dog likes water to cool off in, a small kiddie pool can bring relief from the dog days of summer.

Just make sure to change the water often to prevent mosquitoes from reproducing. Another reason to keep the water clean is that dogs usually drink from their pools, and you don’t want her to drink polluted water.

Get a Hale Pet Door So Your Dogs have Access to the Yard and the House

When your dog can ‘answer the call of nature’ then escape the summer heat, he’ll be less likely to develop urinary and elimination problems and be less frustrated. Keep your dog healthy and happy with a Hale Pet Door.

 

Get a Hale Pet Door and Get a Jump on Spring!

Hale Pet Door lets the dogs out to enjoy spring

Daylight Savings Time gives you more daylight at the end of the day. Hopefully, you’ll be out enjoying the spring weather with your dog, but if you’re running late, it’s great to know that your best friend can get out into the yard and “take care of business.”

Hale Pet Door makes cat and dog doors for the perfect place in your home:

Wall Dog Doors

Door Dog Doors

Screen Dog Doors

Window Pet Doors for vertically hung windows

Window Pet Doors for horizontally sliding windows

In-Glass Dog Doors

Panel Cat and Dog Doors for sliding glass doors

No matter what size cat or dog you have, Hale Pet Door has the right size dog door for the best place in your home. Start your spring home improvements today with a Hale Pet Door – the pet door that’s sure to make you and your pets happy!

Winter Pet Safety: Top 7 Tips

Most dogs enjoy the snow, but be sure to keep them safe

Most dogs enjoy the snow, but be sure to keep them safe

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. Remember that some of the foods that you love so much — like chocolate — can be deadly to your pet.

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.

Enjoy the snow, but be sure to keep yourself and your best friends safe this winter season.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Your Beloved (PET!)

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Show your pets your love with activities they enjoy

 

February is the month we celebrate love. And who better to bestow your love and affection on than the ones who love you so unconditionally – your pets!

 

Because your cat or dog probably won’t appreciate flowers, and candy can be hazardous to their health, here are a few acts that will prove your love.

  • Get a sample of high quality pet food. This can be raw, canned or dehydrated excellent food which will make a nutritious and delicious treat! Be sure to keep your chocolate out of your pets’ reach as it’s poisonous to both cats and dogs.
  • Give your pet the gift of time. Whether your dog loves a hike on the wild side or your cat just want to snuggle while you read, give your loved one your full attention – or just a warm lap – on or around Valentine’s Day to show how much you appreciate their love.
  • Get a professional photo taken of your pet (and you), frame it and display it proudly.
  • Artists will sketch or paint your pet from a photo which makes a special remembrance of your loving bond.
  • Give your beloved pet some undemanding time. Your undivided attention is what your pet craves most from you, so set aside 15 minutes in your busy day and just bask in their animal attention.
  • Food puzzles are great for cats and dogs. The puzzles motivate your furry friend to move and solve problems, so they offer great mental and physical stimulation.
  • Get a safe, durable and attractive Hale Pet Door so that your pet can answer the ‘call of nature’ whenever necessary.

How will you show your love to your best friends this Valentine’s Day?

‘Tis the season of giving at Hale Pet Door

Hale Pet Door Shelter Donations

Sandy shows the donations to Ark-Valley Humane that Hale Pet Door Corporate collected for the holidays

This year for Christmas, the staff at Hale Pet Door’s corporate office in Cañon City, Colorado, decided to donate to our furry friends in place of having an office gift-exchange.

The pets at Ark-Valley Humane in the nearby mountain towns of Buena Vista and Poncha Springs will receive a bevy of goodies from us.  Their Christmas cheer will include dog food, cat food and an assortment of pet treats, plus toys for their stockings.  We also gathered blankets and bedding to keep them warm, as they snuggle into their shelter home prior to being adopted.

Ark-Valley Humane is one of our 1,100 Rescue Rewards partners from around the nation.  Hale Pet Door donates to rescue groups every single week, based upon purchases from our customers. When customers let us know that they adopted a pet (even in the past), we give them a 10 percent discount on the cost of their pet door, and then we make a matching donation to the rescue group of their choice.

Consider making a donation to your local animal shelter or favorite private rescue as part of your holiday gift-giving.

Happy Howl-i-days from all of us at Hale Pet Door!