Don’t Forget Your Pets in Your Back to School Plans

LaptopDogSummer will soon be over, and you’ll be focusing on getting the kids—and maybe yourself—back to school. Every change in routine can be stressful, so be sure to plan for those hours alone that your pets will have to endure.

Start Planning Now for a Smooth Transition

Just as you prepare the kids and yourself for a new routine, get the fur-kids ready by starting with one change at a time. Perhaps they’ll have to eat their morning meal earlier than on your summertime schedule, so start feeding them at the school schedule time about 2 weeks in advance. This will ensure that your dog’s elimination will be on schedule when there’s no one home to let her out.

Providing your dog with a high quality Hale Pet Door can save you from discovering unexpected accidents to clean up because your dog will be able to get outside to your safe fenced yard, so he can answer ‘nature’s call.’

Provide Plenty of Toys for the Long Day Home Alone

If your pet will be on its own for many hours, it’s a good idea to offer some new toys that will keep him busy while you and your family are away. When you offer new toys on a rotation in addition to favorites, your pup will be more interested in them than other things she may find around the house to chew.

When dogs can get outside — to run, explore the scents in the air and play with toys they’ll be happier to come into the house to nap instead of finding things to chew and destroy.

Plan for Potty and Exercise Breaks

If your dog is crate trained and you leave her in the crate while you’re gone, remember that during the day 5 hours is the maximum time you can safely leave an adult dog confined. They need to get out to eliminate and stretch their legs, so if you’re gone more than 5 hours, be sure to arrange for a friend, neighbor or dog walker to come and let your dog out.

Puppies need to get out more often depending on their age and bladder/bowel maturity.

When you have a high quality pet door, your dog can get out and ‘take care of business’ whenever necessary, and you can save money on dog walking fees.

Plan Ahead for Success

Your dog is part of your family, and you want him to enjoy the peace and quiet of staying home alone. When you consider your dog’s needs and plan for them, you’ll all have a successful school year.

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Planning Your Vacation? Plan for Your Pet’s Staycation

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Make plans for your pets’ enjoyable staycation while you’re away

It’s great to get away – a vacation can be an experience or just time to relax without the day to day stresses and responsibilities of work and homeownership.

If you’re going someplace that won’t be fun for your pet or the travelling is too stressful, planning a safe and stress-free staycation for your pet is just as important as the destination you pick for yourself.

Options for Your Best Friend While You’re Away

  • Kennel Your Dog
  • Home Boarding
  • Ask Friends, Neighbors or Family to Care for Your Pets
  • Hire a House Sitter: Full or Part Time

Kennel Your Dog

If you just have a dog or dogs to care for, a professional kennel may be the option for you. Be sure to check the facility and staff out in person to make sure that your dogs will have consistency of care while you’re gone.

If you have more than one dog, will they be able to stay together for company? Will the routine be similar to yours at home with plenty of human interaction and potty breaks? Is the kennel clean and climate controlled?

Your dog’s emotional health affects her physical well-being, so visit the kennel with your dog to see if she’ll be happy at the kennel while you’re gone.

Home Boarding is a new option in some areas. Dogs are boarded in a home and live with the family and other pets. Ask dog trainers, your veterinarian or check pet message boards to see if this is an option for you.

Always ask for references and visit with your dog if you’re considering the home boarding option.

Staying with Friends and Family

If your dog feels at home with friends or family, this could be your best option. Just be sure to let your friends know if Fido regularly has to go out at midnight if he’s fed after 5 pm or any other special behaviors that are triggered by any change in schedule.

When your dog can keep his regular schedule, even in a different environment, there will be less emotional and digestive upsets.

Let Your Pets Enjoy a Staycation

If you have other pets in addition to your dog, a house/pet sitter may be the best option for you because you need to have someone care for your cat, bird, lizard, fish, etc.

This could be an extended family member, friend or professional pet/house sitter. When you have a dog door, the caregiver can keep their work schedule while your dog can get out to answer ‘nature’s call’ whenever necessary.

The familiar environment is the least stressful for dogs, and this arrangement can give you the best peace of mind while you’re on your well-deserved vacation.

Check out the many pet door options available at Hale Pet Door Products

 

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!

Keep Your Pets Cool During the Hot Summer Weather

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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!

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.

Tips for Safely Leaving Your Pets at Home while You’re on Vacation

You’re looking forward to change of scene, a change of pace. Whether you’re doing day trips to the sights and attractions near home or traveling abroad, it’s important to know that your pets are safe and healthy while you’re out having fun.

Here are some tips to guarantee that your pets enjoy vacation time as much as you do.

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    Make sure your dog enjoys your vacation as much as you will

    Help your pet acclimate to the change in schedule. If your pet is accustomed to being home alone all day, this won’t require much adjustment. But if your pet is used to being with you all day, be sure to gradually, over a period of at least 2 weeks, leave your pet home alone for longer and longer time frames. If you’re usually home every evening and your pet will be home alone while you’re gone, go out for a few hours several evenings in a row before your trip. Your pet won’t stress out if she’s used to being alone.

  • Introduce your pet or house sitter before the stress of the trip begins. When you’re excited about your trip, your pet feels your anticipation, so be sure to have your sitter come for a low stress visit – perhaps for a meal, a walk or other low stress occasion.
  • Have a back-up sitter in case of emergency. A professional sitter should have back-up in place. If you’re relying on a trusted friend, neighbor or family member, be sure they know who can care for your pet if something happens in their life.
  • Write it down. You may feel that feeding your pet is simple, but others aren’t as comfortable in your routine, so write down what, when, how much is your pet is fed. This is especially important if your pet is on any medication. Include treats in your feeding plan. If you have a walk or exercise schedule, be sure to include that in your care plan.
  • Prepare portions. Correct food portions are crucial, especially when your pet is on a special diet or requires medication. Self-closing baggies are easily labeled so there will be no misunderstanding, and your pet will get the proper amount of food every day that you’re gone.
  • Post your veterinarian’s name, number and location in a prominent place. Ask your vet if they would like to be notified of your absence in case the pet sitter has to bring your pet in, so they’ll know you’ll be responsible for payment.
  • Make sure your pet door is in good working order or get a new Hale Pet Door today! Check out our doggie doors for every location

Planning and preparation will make your vacation a restful and rejuvenating experience for you. Your pet will be overjoyed at your reunion and will benefit from a relaxed owner. Have a great trip!

Hale Pet Door Celebrates Our Military – Past and Present

Limited time double military discount

We’re kicking off our Military Discount by doubling it!

From Armed Forces Day, May 19, through Memorial Day, May 28, all active and retired military will receive 20 percent off their new Hale Pet Doors.

Beginning May 29, the standing discount will be 10% for active and retired military.

We appreciate all the sacrifices made by those in our Armed Forces and recognize the service of their families. Being separated from loved ones is never easy, and knowing that your loved one may be in harm’s way makes that separation even more difficult.

This our small way of saying “thank you” to all the service men and women who chose a more difficult way of life in order to preserve our freedom.

All active and retired Military: Save at Hale Pet Door today!