Pet Patio Doors Give A New Purpose To Sliding Glass Doors

Unless your pet has a steel bladder, you have likely been dragged outside to take your dog for a walk at inconvenient moment. Whether you are just coming home from a long day at the office or if there is unpleasant weather coming in, taking a "walk in the park" can be one of the most difficult things to do sometimes. Because of this, dog owners have been utilizing doggie doors for decades. Unfortunately, the traditional style of pet doors doesn't mesh with the modern look of most homes.

As you have probably seen, some of the first designs of dog doors are still being used today. In fact, anyone who is handy with a jig saw and has access to basic hand tools can make one within a few hours. Simply cut an appropriate sized hole into your door, adhere a plastic or metal flap and Presto! You have yourself a dog door.

Regrettably, a "DIY" doggie door can make your home a victim of raccoons and other mischief-makers who discovered how to use their pets' doors.

If you're currently a homeowner, then you know how important and aesthetically pleasing sliding glass doors can be to your home - If you have one that leads out to a patio or a backdoor, then you should consider a new product that is helping Fido get outside without having owners get out of their chairs.

The sweet new product is ideal for homeowners (or renters) who want to keep the allure of their of their home while giving their pooch the freedom to go outside on their own. Some of the biggest names in the Pet Industry have recently created one of the most useful innovations in doggie doors since the flap.

Pet Patio Doors work by fitting between your existing glass sliding doors. To install, an owner just needs to measure the height of their current doorway, adjust the settings and the pet door will lock right into place.

Different Types of Pet Patio Doors

It doesn't matter whether you have a cat or a dog, the usefulness of a pet patio door can be used for either companion. All of the designs are based on the same idea of utilizing the sliding glass doors that are common at the back of most homes. Instead of busting out the saws, levels, sandpapers, fillers and screws, all a pet owner needs to do is measure the height of their doorway, then you just need to pick the style that is right for your pet.

When shopping for a pet patio door, consider the height of your pet. If you have a Great Dane, for instance, you want to make sure that you're not investing in a patio door that was made specifically for cats. Plus, if you have a puppy or juvenile dog, then you want to pick a door that your dog will still be able to use when they get taller.

To measure your pooch or cat for a patio pet door, measure their height from the top of their shoulders, then add two inches. You can do the same for their width, though most pets only need an inch for comfort. Be sure you choose one that has a flap that is larger than their height and width.

Ideal Pet Products, a company that has been innovating doggie doors since 1979 has made it easy for pet owners who are looking to try out a patio door. Their latest models include dog and cat models that are available in different sizes and finishes. Check them out below:

  • Ideal Cat Patio Doors: If there are no dogs in your home, then there is no need to spend more on a patio door that uses a larger flap. These cat-friendly versions have a small flap but they are built tough. Durable glass and a heavy-duty lock keep things secure and they come with a lifetime warranty. This door can be installed in less than five minutes and has a lockable flap that can keep pets inside or out.

  • Ideal Shorty Patio Door: Just like the cat door, these were made to be secure without being a pain to install. The quick assembly and all-weather seals make this one of the best doors on the market. Plus, it doesn't matter if you have a lap dog or a Mastiff, there are a variety of different sizes for these models that can handle pooches that are up to 200 lbs. Also, these come in white, aluminum and bronze finishes to match your home.

When you start making changes to your home, you want to make sure that Fido and Mr. Whiskers are involved in the plans. Making a home that is pet friendly is one of the nicest things you do for your companion to be comfortable. However, just because you want to give them the freedom to come and go as they please, doesn't mean that you need to install a tacky cat flap in your home. Pet patio doors are the most unassuming way to let your pets outside without sacrificing the looks of your beautiful home.

If you're still unsure about which pet patio door is right for you, be sure to ask the pet experts at by calling 800-957-5753. The animal lovers are more than happy to answer any questions about any of the pet products that we carry in our catalogue.

By Sean Bowes
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