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How to Choose the Best Pet Door

How to Choose the Best Pet Door

Have you ever considered adding a pet door to your home? It is something every pet owner should consider. Pet doors can be installed for dogs, and even cats, to have access to the outdoors without the you having to open and shut the door. If you are tired of being at the beck and call of your pet, finding the best pet door should be added to your to-do list.

When installing a pet door there are plenty of benefits for homeowners and for those pets:

  • You don’t have to worry about your pet being left home alone in the house.
  • Your pet has access to the outdoors when they need it. So, there will be less risk for accidents and less chance of damage to your door as your pet tries to get in or out
  • Pet doors allow access to healthy exercise and fun for your pet.  Does it get any better than that?

Once you have made the choice to get this installation done, there comes more logistical concerns. How do you install the best pet door for you and your pet? How will this work for you and your home?

Let’s go over some of the basics:

The best pet door

How to Properly Measure a Pet Door

Pet doors are measured from the shoulder of your pet, not the head. So, start by measuring your pet from shoulder to shoulder. Then, ensure the top of the door will sit a few inches higher than your pet’s shoulders. Keep in mind, it is better to err slightly bigger than too small. If your pet is still growing, keep that in mind as well when shooting for the best pet door installation.

Style Options for Pet Doors

When you think of a pet door, you probably think of a basic rectangle cut into the bottom of a door with plastic flaps. This is the most common type, but we recommend you check out some other options before making up your mind.  Alternatives include:

  • Cut out: The flaps are usually replaceable, making them convenient. They can be added into most wood doors, making them an easy addition to your home and thus the most common.
  • Electronic: These pet doors are set to allow only pets with corresponding tags to enter and exit.  This option provides security and it seriously helps to keep the wildlife out.
  • Built in: Some pre-hung exterior doors actually come with pet doors built into them. This can be a great choice for certain types of homes that don’t have wood doors or where the door needs to be replaced entirely anyhow.
  • Wall installed: If you don’t want your pet door to be in your door, there are options for having it installed into an exterior wall. Choose an appropriate room for this.  Most homeowners elect to use the laundry room or a mudroom.  This will help to keep the pet door discrete and out of the way.
  • Sliding door: There are sliding door inserts which require little actual adjustment to your home, but they can be installed into a sliding glass door.

Recommended Brands

When looking into getting the best pet door for your home, the brand can be a part of your product review process. Doing your research on the things that matter most to you is important, but there are a few brands to look at that are considered to be of high quality.

  • PetSafe
  • High Tech Pet
  • Endura Flap
  • Ideal Pet Products
  • Perfect Pet

How to choose a pet door

The Best Pet Door for You

Pet doors can make life easier for you and your pet. However, sometimes making the choice of what pet door to use isn’t easy. Then, there is the issue of getting it installed.  This can be a great DIY project, but if you need some help making it happen a local handyman will be the way to go.

If you are in need of finding some installation help, remember to check out HTP Builders’ Handyman Service page to see how we can be of assistance.

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