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The Basics of Pet Doors

October 21st, 2011 Pets

If you have a pet who likes to go outside, you may want to consider installing a pet door to accommodate his needs. With so many options available, it's easy to find a solution that is right for your home and your furry friends. Here are a few benefits and tips from Doctors Foster and Smith.

The benefits of a pet door
Pet doors are convenient for a number of reasons.

1. You don't have to keep getting up to monitor your pet's outdoor activities.

2. If you're gone at work all day, you don't have to worry about hiring a dog sitter.

3. Your dog will have fewer accidents in your house if he has access to the backyard.

4. Your pets will get exercise and stay active and entertained, even when you're not home.

5. A pet door will eliminate the need for your dog or cat to scratch at the door, marring its appearance.

Choosing the right pet door
When you're selecting a door, it's important to consider you and your pets' needs. You have to account for the size of your pet when choosing a door. The bottom should be at the same level as your dog or cat's abdomen so she can easily step through. You also have to consider the location - whether it's in between rooms or a barrier between the house and an enclosed backyard. What kind of security and seal you want is also important. There are doors available with locks and other security measures if you're concerned about human or animal intruders. Some doors even open using a SmartKey, which attaches to your pets collar and opens the door when your pet approaches it. Simple!