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Date Posted: November 15, 2023

Snowy Adventures: Pet Doors Allow Your Dog to Explore

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Winter snow is enticing for pets! A dog door makes going outside easier for your dog and less of a hassle for you, but it’s important to keep your dog safe. Installing a quality door and taking time to ensure your pet’s safety are important. At Hale Pet Door, we sell quality products to help ensure pet safety and happiness at all times of the year. If you’d like your pet to enjoy the fun, fascinating snow this winter, installing a product from Hale is a good start.

Benefits of a Dog Door In Winter

Doggie door installation gives your pet the freedom to enjoy winter at will without requiring you to let them in and out every five minutes. Benefits include:

  • Your dog can go out as soon as it starts snowing and let themselves back in as soon as they start to get cold.
  • You won’t have to open your exterior doors as often, which is important for your home’s energy efficiency.

Installing a double-flap door from Hale is the best way to enjoy the comfort and convenience of a doggie door. Double flap doors help keep winter’s chill outside while allowing your pet freedom of movement between indoors and outdoors.

Dog Winter Safety

You may be wondering: pet door Pet installation can be a benefit for my pet, but how do I keep my dog safe in the winter? You’ll need to take steps to protect your pet from cold temperatures and ice-related injuries.

  • Protect your pet from slips and falls. Shovel the walkway below the door to prevent the surface from becoming slippery.
  • Avoid using salt in areas where your pet spends time. De-icing salts can be bad for your pet’s feet. Keep walkways shoveled but avoid using de-icing salts. Instead, look for pet-friendly ice blockers that can prevent ice from forming on your walkway without exposing your pet to de-icing salt.
  • Watch the temperature. Keep your pet indoors (except to go to the bathroom) when the temperatures are 20 degrees Fahrenheit and colder. If the temperature is between 21 and 32 degrees Fahrenheit, monitor how much time your pet is spending outside, and take steps to bring your pet back indoors if they’re outside for longer than an hour.

Remember to install a pet-safe dog door that locks when you need to control how much time your pet is spending outside. Know the signs that your pet is too cold or suffering from hypothermia.

Symptoms of hypothermia include:

  • Shivering
  • Tiredness
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Low blood pressure
  • Fixed, dilated pupils

It’s also a good idea to give your dog a place to shelter outdoors, where they can seek warmth if they are out there for an extended period.

Other Winter Safety Tips

  • Wash your dog’s feet and stomach following walks to remove de-icer salts.
  • Dry your dog quickly after walks to help your dog return to a normal, comfortable temperature.
  • Consider using petroleum jelly or booties to protect your dog’s feet from de-icing salts.

Turn to Hale Pet Doors for Safe, Snowy Exploration

Your pet door can be a bonus for your pet at all times of the year, but especially in winter when the snow starts to fall! It’s important to install a door that can help protect your home from cold temperatures, while also giving you the ability to control when your pet spends time outside. Enable safe, snowy explorations with Hale’s door selection. We’ve built double flap doors to help keep the cold temperatures outside while also giving your pet access to the outdoors when the weather is appropriate and safe.

Experience unbridled winter adventures with our secure dog door options. Contact us to get started with your upcoming purchase.

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