It is easy to purchase a pet door now as there are plenty of models and sizes available in the market. However, when it come to maintaining pet doors and handling issues related to it, there are not much online resources available to help out. If you are holding back from buying a pet door with the lack of knowledge to mange it, read here some common pet door issues and solutions and happily go ahead with the purchase.
After all, the freedom and happiness you offer to your four-legged friends is ultimate with the help of a pet door.
- Threat to children
The most important problem many of them worried about is the potential danger pet doors pose to children. It is very much possible that a child trying to crawl through the dog door and end up in danger. For this, you need ensure before installation itself that a pet door will not expose your child to any peril.
- Dangers to pets
While dog doors are installed for allowing more freedom of movement to pets, these can also raise some potential dangers to the pets and sometimes this may be much serious. So as a rule of thumb, the pets must only be allowed to have access to a controlled space outside with no threats. Dogs and cats going out of your yard or to the neighborhood can be dangerous to themselves as well as to others.
- Leaking flaps
This is a major complaint with flap doors that you will have chilled air leaking through it during winter or losing all your cooled air inside the room on summers. For this, you need to ensure that you purchase a pet door that seals well. The new-age flap doors are well tested before hitting the market at various conditions ranging from less than zero to 130 degree Fahrenheit without losing the seal strength.
Sometimes leakage may not be through the flaps, but through the frame. This is fairly unusual and for this, you have to add adhesive foam stripping to the sides of the frame while installing. Some pet doors come with foam stripping in the box, otherwise you can get it at local hardware stores too.
- Multiple pets
Sometimes, you may want to let the dog out and cat in. As a cat can easily pass through a bigger dog door, so many are confused on how to achieve this. The obvious solution now is to choose an electronic pet door, which are the latest types of intelligent pet doors available. The door opens only when it senses a key (microchip) which is attached to the pet’s collar. Just let your dog wear the key and the door won’t open for your cat.
- Tricky installation situations
- Steel or hollow core door – You can choose a self-framing pet door for installation here. With this you can skip the framing part. If the door does not come with self-framing, then you need to do some rework to extend the frame by ripping pieces of correct thickness and glue them in place to get a prefect fit.
- Irregular door surface – All pet doors are built to get installed on to flat surfaces only, so you need to first make the surface flat. On bumpy walls, it is best to use metal-framed pet doors than plastic frame that distort easily.
While heading to buy a pet door, always keep in mind what kind of performance you expect, the size of your pet with future requirements, climate of your area, and number of pets you have etc. to make an apt purchase.