Keeping pets healthy is extremely important to pet owners. Good pet health promotes longer lives, more active lifestyles, and overall happier pets. Sometimes, however, figuring out ways of making sure your pets continue to stay healthy can be tough. Continue reading
According to Green America, drafty windows and doors can increase your heating bill during the winter months by around 20 percent. You don’t need to be a mathematician to know how that could take big bucks out of your pocket every month. However, there’s another type of door that can contribute to heat loss: your pet door. Yes, your pet door – you know the flap that you have installed in your back door so that Rover can go in and out of the house as he so pleases? Most pet doors are just that: flaps of plastic that work about as well as a poncho at keeping the cold out and the heat in, which leads to serious pet door drafts in winter.
What You Can Do to Stop the Drafts
When you go to assess your windows and doors for drafts, don’t forget about the pet door. Here are some ways to stop pet door drafts in the cold winter months:
- Size up your surroundings. Depending on your home’s layout, stopping those pet door drafts may not even require reinstalling your pet door. For instance, many older homes are designed so that the back door is positioned between the dining room and kitchen, and can be closed off from the two rooms by doors. If you intend to use your pet door during the winter months and have a similarly designed home, just make sure that the appropriate doors are shut when the pet door is in use, so the drafts stay confined around the back door area. You’ll still likely notice a slight increase in your heating bill during the winter, but it won’t be an alarming increase.
- Seal off the pet door. While this might not be convenient for your dog, temporarily sealing the pet door will reduce the pet door drafts in winter. Again, you’ll have to let Rover outside to do his business yourself if your pet door is disabled, but the minor inconvenience may be more desirable than the spike in your energy bill.
Buy a more efficient flap or pet door. Sometimes the answer to how to winterize dog door installations is to start over. Just as dual-pane windows are much more energy efficient than single-pane windows, the same concept applies to pet doors. There is already a dual-pane insulated glass panel pet door, known as the “Thermo Panel” on the market. It tends to be more expensive than a conventional pet door, but as with dual-pane windows, the up-front investment pays for itself in energy savings over time.
In short, following these suggestions could decrease your loss of heat in winter months, and help keep your energy bill expenses in check, in turn saving you money.
While the children are ripping open their presents on Christmas morning you will want to make sure that your beloved furry friend also has something special. Continue reading
Are you a family that has cats and dogs? Does it drive you crazy every time you see your dog trying to get into your cat’s litter box or food? Not only is it unhealthy for your dog to eat your cat’s litter but it is also pretty annoying for your cat as well. Cats frequently like to have their own space and to be left alone more than dogs do. Here’s an inexpensive way to make your own pet door in order to separate your dog from your cat’s stuff. Continue reading
Having the right sized pet door for your dog is essential – not just to ensure that your dog is able to go out and do his business, but for you and your family’s long-term well-being and safety as well. However, when deciding what shape, material, size, etc. pet door you are installing, remember that having a pet door that’s too big can be dangerous. And we get the question all the time are doggy doors safe? Why? Because often times your dog may not be the only thing coming in and out of it, and an extra big size can allow larger things to enter. Here are two examples of the detrimental effects too big of a pet door can have and tips for dog door safety: Continue reading
The holidays are an exciting time around any home. Trimming trees, hanging mistletoe, and the scent of cookies and other delicious baked goods fill the air. There are several precautions, however, that need to be taken in order to keep your precious pets safe and happy this holiday season. Whether you own cats, dogs, or another type of pet, it is important to take time to make sure your home is pet-friendly during this festive time of year. Continue reading
Last week was “National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week,” according to The Humane Society of the USA. November 4th through the 12th is a special time you can help some of the millions of homeless animals temporarily cared for in animal shelters throughout the country. We know an adoption or rescue is not practical for every person reading this, yet you can still help those innocent dogs, cats and other animals by taking a few creative steps. Continue reading
Hunting season is about to begin, and across the country hunters are grabbing their rifles and hitting the great outdoors in order to get that great buck this year. For pet owners, it is a time of year to remain vigilant especially when allowing dogs to go in and out of the house for exercise and bathroom breaks. The following tips will help dog owners keep their precious pups safe during this time of year when accidents are more likely to happen. Continue reading
A large portion of the country has either been affected or will be affected shortly by Hurricane Sandy. Store shelves are mostly empty at this point, but here are some last minute tips to help you keep your pet safe. Continue reading
Does your cat frequently get sick or dry hack? They might be experiencing a common issue with excess hair. There are a few tips or tricks you can try to help eliminate this issue from happening as often as it does. Continue reading