Are Bones Safe For Dogs?

The holidays are right around the corner and that means delicious treats and once-a-year meals we all enjoy. We may be tempted to share some of our holiday feast with our pup pals, especially the coveted bones. However, some bones are not a good idea. In fact, they can be dangerous and cause serious injury to your pet.

The safety of bones is a hotly debated topic among dog owners and veterinarians, especially in the raw dog food community. This school of thought believes dogs should eat only eat raw meat, bones, vegetables, and fruit and avoid processed dog food. There are, however, some basics that all dog lovers agree on to keep our pets healthy and safe.

Universal Tips About Bone Safety for Dogs:

  • Dogs should only be given raw chicken, turkey, beef or lamb bones. Cooked bones have a higher tendency to splinter and crack increasing the likelihood of causing an internal perforation or tear.
  • Never give your dog a cooked bone from the family dinner!
  • Do not leave your dog unattended while eating.
  • Take the bone away after 10-15 minutes and put it in the refrigerator. Any raw food has the potential for salmonella and E. coli exposure.
  • Dispose of the bone after 3-4 days.

Not all veterinarians agree on the exact rules to follow regarding bones and safety. Many veterinarians caution against giving dogs bones at all and warn the only bones safe for dogs are uncooked bones, larger than their head. If you are looking for an absolute way to protect your furry friend, do not give your dog a bone. There is always a risk of choking. Your vet will be able to best advise you on their recommendations and answer any questions you may have. You, ultimately, will need to decide what you are comfortable with feeding your dog.

Additional Thoughts on Bone Safety for Dogs:

  • Only give your dog a bone it is impossible for them to swallow.
  • Don’t feed your dog pork or rib bones as they are more likely to splinter.
  • Give your dog a bone after a meal when they are less hungry and not as likely to eat the whole thing.
  • Do not give a dog who’s had dental work a bone.
  • Bones with marrow should not be given to a dog with pancreatitis.
  • Bones given to your dog should be smooth to the touch. Rough edges are hard on the mouth, gums and teeth.

Bones can be a delightful treat for your pet and most vets and other experts agree there are bones safe for dogs to enjoy. If you have any doubts or concerns, be sure to talk to your vet and make the decision right for you and your pet. Holiday treats should be just that, a treat, and not cause stress or worry. As we all prepare for the busy holiday season, PlexiDor Dog Doors hopes we all find a little less stress and more convenience in our daily routines. Allowing your pet the freedom to come and go outside as they need may be of help at this time. Whether this year has us home more than usual or the end of year hustle and bustle keeps us away from home a bit more, it helps to know the dog isn’t waiting by the back door, needing to go out. A PlexiDor Dog Door can provide the convenience dogs and dog owners alike are looking for. Contact us or call 888-PETDOOR to answer any questions. We are always happy to help!

Benefits of a Dog Door

There are more benefits of a dog door than just convenience for the dog owner. Although convenience is a key factor. Your dog’s health and happiness profit from the addition of a dog door. A well-constructed, attractive door is even an asset to your home. As dog owners we want the best for our companions and allowing them freedom outside can provide safety for them and peace of mind for us.

French Door Dog Door

Your dog’s health is a primary concern for all dog owners. While dogs can hold their urine for long stretches, many up to 8 hours, it’s not good for their urinary health. It can lead to urinary tract infections and other more serious bladder and kidney diseases. The easiest way to keep urinary health up is regular drinking and urination. This can be facilitated by a pet door.

The dog door also reduces your dog’s stress when they need to go to the bathroom. They know they shouldn’t relieve themselves in the house, but they just can’t hold it any longer. They don’t want to disappoint you by going in the house. Stress affects a dog’s overall health just as it does ours.

They may begin to show signs of stress and anxiety by tearing up the house. Or their way of signaling you they need to use the bathroom may be to scratch on the door. Either way, it saves your house to install a dog door.

Safety is another benefit of a dog door. In case of an emergency, your dog can exit the house on their own.

Dogs can also get stimulation from being outside they can lack by being cooped up indoors.

And, of course, there is convenience for you and your pet that a dog door affords.

If you have security concerns surrounding a dog door that may outweigh the benefits of a dog door, consider a PlexiDor Dog Door. Our doors come with a security plate standard. Our Electronic dog doors have a RFID chip for the collar that allows only the dog wearing the chip access to the door. If you have any questions, contact us or call 888-PET-DOOR. Our Customer Service team is happy to answer any questions!

Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe During Halloween

Halloween is a spooky, fun time of year and all the candy, costumes and creepy décor are the best part for people. Unfortunately, they can be major stressors for our canine companions, but don’t worry. Keeping your dog safe and healthy during Halloween is easy by taking a few precautions.

6 Tips To Keep Your Dog Safe This Halloween

  • Put the candy up and out of reach. Dogs should not have any kind of candy for many reasons.   1) Chocolate is toxic for dogs and it can even be lethal. Chocolate can cause vomiting, diarrhea, rapid breathing, increased heart rate and seizures.   2) Raisins and many nuts are dangerous for dogs and raisins can be lethal.   3) Wrappers, string and sticks come with candy and can cause blockages that may need medical attention
  • Don’t leave your dog out Halloween night. People can be cruel and despicable things have been known to happen to animals on Halloween night. This is especially true for black cats and dogs.
Keep your dog safe during Halloween and keep your darker colored and black dogs inside

Keep your dog safe during Halloween and keep your darker colored and black dogs inside

  • Keep pumpkins, Harvest corn, and other decorations out of reach.  Dogs like to chew; especially new chewy things. Plastic decorations and the sweet smell coming from a pumpkin may be too difficult to resist, so save yourself a potential trip to the vet for gastrointestinal upset or blockage and keep these things out of reach.
  • Candle lit pumpkins and electrical cords should be kept out of reach to prevent a fire, a burn or an electric shock. It is always better safe than sorry!
  • Costumes can cause stress. When we wear costumes our pets may be stressed. They may make noise, not show our face, or just look weird. Costumes also cause stress for pets when they wear costumes. Many dogs do not enjoy wearing clothes and even those that do may be upset by a costume if it interferes with their movement, sight or ability to breathe or bark. Be sure to try the costume on them and make sure it’s comfortable for them.
Three dogs dressed in sheets as ghosts. These dogs feel safe in a Halloween costume.
These dogs don’t mind their Halloween costumes
  • Keep stressed out pooches safe on Halloween night and away from the busy front door. Many dogs would prefer a quiet room to themselves. Some animals who are quite social may revel in all the visitors, but if your dog seems upset by all the commotion, give them a secluded spot to be alone. Should your dog get out during the front door opening and closing a million times, be sure he’s micro-chipped and your contact information is up to date. A collar with up to date contact info never hurts either.

As each dog is different, all concerns won’t apply to all dogs. To keep your dog safe during Halloween, determine which of the above applies to your situation and furry friend and take those precautions. For your PlexiDor Dog Door, you can lock the security door for the night or disconnect your RFID chip Electronic dog door for the evening. Contact us via email or call our Customer Service at 888-PETDOOR for product help or questions.

70s and 80s President’s Dogs (1969 – 1989)

Richard Nixon through Ronald Reagan

The 70s and 80s president’s dogs saw the end of the Vietnam war, the launch of reusable shuttles to space and the worst stock market crash since the Great Depression.  There were many events that altered our way of life and set the course for our future during this time, in addition to the three previously mentioned. Among these events are the voting age was lowered to 18, Watergate, the first personal home computers and the Atari 2600 were released, the Three Mile Island incident, John Lennon was killed, a global recession, Sandra Day O’Connor was seated as the first female Supreme Court Justice, the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded and Americans awareness of world hunger, drug trafficking, missing children and drunk driving become epidemic.

Between the rise of America’s technological advancements and it’s increasing global awareness, dogs remained the most popular pets in the country.   They provided loyalty and comfort amid presidential scandals and assassination attempts. In fact, Ronald Reagan (1981 – 1989) had a Bouvier des Flandres named Lucky that may have helped him pull through the attempt on his life in 1981.

70s and 80s presidents dogs
President Ronald Reagan and his Bouvier des Flandres, Lucky from an LA Times article

More interesting facts on the 70s and 80s Presidents dogs…

  • The award to the president with the “most” dogs goes to Ronald Reagan with six. In addition to the Bouvier, he had a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, a Golden Retriever, an Irish Setter, a Siberian Husky, and a Belgian Sheepdog. However, only the Bouvier, Lucky, and the Spaniel, Rex, lived at the White House. The rest stayed on his ranch in California.
Rex, the Reagan’s Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The “most popular breed” was the Golden Retriever. Gerald Ford (1974 – 1977) had two, a mother and daughter named Liberty and Misty respectively.

A Golden Retriever, the breed Gerald had in the White House
  • The “most unpopular breed” was the Border Collie. Jimmy Carter’s (1977 – 1981) daughter, Amy, was given a Collie mix, Grits, by her teacher, but it was returned as it was biting visitors.
  •  The “most presidential” dog, based on her name, was Gerald Ford’s Golden Retriever, Liberty.
  • The “smallest dog” in the White House was Richard Nixon’s Yorkshire Terrier, Pasha.
Pasha, Richard Nixon’s Yorkshire Terrier
  • Nixon was also accompanied by a French Poodle, Vicki, and an Irish Setter, King Timahoe.
  • Both Reagan and Ford had dogs with the name Lucky. While Reagan’s was the afore mentioned Bouvier, Ford’s dog was a mixed breed.
  • Jimmy Carter had a very trendy breed of the time period, an Afghan Hound named Lewis Brown.
An Afghan Hound

During the 20 years these four presidents were in office, only 8 dogs of their dogs lived in the White House.  The 70s and 80s president’s dogs were a varied lot, ranging in size from a Yorkie to a Golden Retriever and Irish Setter. Had there been a PlexiDor Dog Door at 1600 Pennslyvania Avenue, they would have needed a large size door. Smaller dogs can use the larger door just fine. To find out more about the PlexiDor Dog Door contact us or call 888-PET-DOOR today!

Obesity in Dogs: What You Need to Know

Obesity in dogs is a serious problem for their health and overall quality of life. Just like in humans, there is a difference between being overweight and being obese. Overweight is weighing 10-20% above the ideal body weight for the breed and obese is 20% or more above weight for the breed. It is preventable and reversible with proper diet and exercise. As October 14th is National Pet Obesity Day, let’s look at signs your dog is overweight and the health risks that are associated with it.

Obesity in dogs is a health issue

Recognizing Overweight and Obese Dogs:

  • Take a look at your dog’s ribs. You should be able to feel them without excess fat on them. A heavy fat layer above the ribs is a warning sign.
  • When looking at your pup from above, he should have an obvious waistline.
  • Consult your veterinary health professional should you have doubts about your dog’s healthy weight

It’s important to recognize and curtail overweight tendencies before it leads to obesity in dogs. Excess fat negatively impacts a dog’s health and longevity and increases their risk for many diseases. They can be prone to cancer, diabetes, heart disease and hypertension. The additional weight also leads to osteoarthritis and faster degeneration of their joints. In addition, many dogs may develop urinary bladder stones.

At times, excess weight on a dog may be a symptom of another problem. Diseases like hypothyroidism – an underactive thyroid gland or Cushing’s disease – overactive adrenal glands can lead to obesity. This is why it is important to stay on top of changes in your dog’s weight with your vet and monitor their diet and exercise levels.

A happy dog is a healthy dog. Keep your dog at a healthy weight and watch for any potential issues that may lean towards obesity in your dog. A tubby puppy may not fit through the PlexiDor Dog Door anymore and you’d need to go up a size! Not to mention it’s not good for their health. Wishing you and your pooches a happy and healthy October!

Present Day Presidential Dogs (1989 – present)

George H.W. Bush through Donald Trump

The present-day presidential dogs belonged to presidents that have seen their share of eventful days in America. During these years, the country witnessed the World Wide Web made public domain; the end of the Cold War; the beginning and end of the Gulf War; the Dow Jones hitting an all-time high; Y2K coming and going without incident; the fall of the Twin Towers; the advent of social media; a Recession; hurricanes, tornados, storm flooding and wildfires causing mass devastation across America; the first image of a black hole and the rebirth of America’s space program. Both good and bad, the dogs of four of these presidents saw it all.

As mentioned in a previous blog, out of forty-five presidents, only twelve did not own a dog and only two presidents had no pet at all. Eleven of the presidents without a dog took office before 1900. The most recent president, without any pet at all, Donald Trump (2017 – ), holds the presidency now. The other presidents of this time period only had four breeds and eight dogs between them; the English Springer Spaniel, Labrador Retriever, Scottish Terrier and Portuguese Water Dog.

Barack Obama and his Portuguese Water Dog, Bo

More intriguing facts about present day presidential dogs…

  • The award for the “most” dogs goes to George W. Bush and First Lady, Laura with three. They had two Scottish Terriers, Barney and Miss Beazley and a English Springer Spaniel named Spot “Spotty” Fetcher.
George W. Bush with Barney and Miss. Beazley
  • Only Bill Clinton (1993 – 2001) had one dog, a chocolate Labrador Retriever named Buddy. Buddy was the largest dog in the White House during these 30 years. The Clinton’s also had a black and white cat named Socks.

The “most popular” breed was the English Springer Spaniel at three. George H.W. Bush (1989 – 1993) had two, Millie and Millie’s puppy, Ranger. George W. Bush (2001 – 2009) had one, Spotty, another of Millie’s puppies.

The smallest dogs in the White House were George W. and Laura Bush’s Scottish Terriers, Barney and Miss. Beazley.

George W. Bush’s Scottish Terrier, Barney, giving a press briefing

  • The “most hypoallergenic” dog goes to Barack Obama (2009 – 2017) and his two Portuguese Water Dogs, Bo and Sunny. The breed was chosen because his daughter, Malia, is allergic to dogs.

The present day presidential dogs were the fewest in number. As the years have gone by, presidents have had fewer and fewer pets on the whole. Perhaps keeping a large number of pets is a thing of the past and a sign of the times. However, one thing is certain, dogs are the most popular companion animal in the United States. 38% of American families have a dog. No house with a dog should be without a secure, durable dog door. PlexiDor Dog Doors is known for theirs and they are warrantied and guaranteed. Contact us or call at 888-PETDOOR to find out more!

Mid 1900s Presidential Dogs (1933 – 1969)

Franklin D. Roosevelt through Lyndon B. Johnson

The mid 1900s presidential dogs saw the country emerge from a deep economic Depression into an era of prosperity and decadence. There were many significant events during this time. The New Deal is enacted, Doris Day lights up the screen, World War II ends, the Civil Rights Movement, the Golden Age of Television, America sends astronauts to the moon, and Woodstock. Five presidents graced the White House, in their turn, during the years of 1933 to 1969 and they had twenty-seven canine companions between them.

Only Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953 – 1961) had just one dog, a Weimaraner named Heidi. The other four presidents had at least two dogs. Franklin D. Roosevelt – FDR (1933 – 1945), John F. Kennedy – JFK (1961 – 1963) and Lyndon B. Johnson – LBJ (1963 – 1969) all had six or more dogs. 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue even saw some puppies from two of JFK’s dogs, Pushinka and Charlie.

John F. Kennedy's mid 1900s presidentials dogs, Pushinka and Charlie
Pushinka and Charlie

More interesting facts about the Mid 1900s presidential dogs:

  • JFK gets the award in this time period for the “most” dogs. His family loved on eleven dogs. They had a Poodle, a Doberman, a Cocker Spaniel, a German Sheperd and a Irish Wolfhound/Schnauzer mix breed named Wolf. They also had a Welsh Terrier, named Charlie, and a Russian dog they had received as a gift, named Pushinka who gave them four adorable puppies; Butterfly, White Tips, Blackie and Streaker.
  • The most plentiful breed in the White House was a “non-breed”. The presidents had 5 mixed breed or “mutts” among them.
  • Beagles were the second most popular breed. LBJ kept four Beagles named Him, Her, Freckles and Edgar.
Four of the mid 1900s presidential dogs were Beagles
  • The most presidential dog is also our largest dog. FDR had a Great Dane named President. He also had a German Sheperd named Major.
  • Harry Truman had two dogs during his presidency, a Cocker Spaniel named Feller and an Irish Setter named Mike.

Just as the earlier dogs in the White House had been, the mid 1900s presidential dogs were part of the president’s daily lives. The life of an American president must be hectic and some say pets can boost your mood and health. Perhaps dogs provide more of a benefit to us, than us to them. Give back to your dog today with the freedom to go in-and-out at their desire. Visit our website for more information about a PlexiDor Dog Door or call us at 888-PET-DOOR.

Early 1900s Presidential Dogs

Theodore Roosevelt through Herbert Hoover (1901 – 1933)

The first thirty years of the 1900s in America saw some amazing things. Maybe not as amazing as the last thirty years, in comparison, but that’s up for debate. The early 1900s presidential dogs saw the first automobiles roll off the production line, the birth of Disney, Women’s suffrage, the first Trans-Atlantic flight, “talking” movies, the stock market crash, the Great Depression,  the start of NBC and accompanied six American presidents into the White House. Each of these presidents had at least two canine companions. They were all true dog lovers. Warren Harding (1921 – 1923) so much so that he included his Airedale, Laddie Boy, in cabinet meetings and almost all other aspects of his daily life as president.

An early 1900s presidential dog named Laddie Boy with Warren G. Harding
Warren Harding and his Airedale Terrier, Laddie Boy

More interesting facts about Early 1900s Presidential Dogs…

  • The award for “Most Dogs” for this time period goes to Calvin Coolidge (1923 – 1929) with 12 dogs. Among his twelve dogs were four Collies and two Chow Chows named Tiny Tim and Blackberry.
One breed of early 1900s presidential presidential dog was the Chow Chow
Chow Chow
  • Terriers were very popular with this group of presidents. Woodrow Wilson (1913 – 1921), Warren Harding and Calvin Coolidge all had an Airedale Terrier. Teddy Roosevelt had four Terriers of different breeds and Herbert Hoover had two Fox Terriers. Eleven of the 36 early 1900s presidential dogs were terriers, almost a third.
  • The Airedale Terrier and the Fox Terrier were tied for the most popular dog breed at three among the presidents during these years.
The Fox Terrier was one of the most popular breeds of early 1900s presidential dogs
Fox Terrier
  • The most popular “type” of dog was the Collie. This large dog occupied the White House when both Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover (1929 – 1933) were in office. Coolidge had two White Collies named Rob Roy and Prudence Prim, along with a Rough Collie named Bessie. Hoover had a Scotch Collie named Glen.
  • Teddy Roosevelt’s (1901 – 1909) Pekingese, Manchu, was the smallest.
The Pekingese was the smallest of the early 1900s presidential dogs
  • Calvin Coolidge had a Boston Bulldog named Boston Beans. He also was given several exotic pets as gifts; such as a wallaby, a duiker (an extremely small antelope), a black bear, and Pekin ducks. All of these he gave to a zoo at the First Lady’s asking.   

The early 1900s presidential dogs saw some interesting times in history and were companions to some dynamic presidents. This time period started the beginning of the president’s dogs being of interest to the American people and this would continue throughout the present day. Every president until now has had at least one dog in the White House. With all these dogs in the White House, you’d think they could use a long-lasting, guaranteed and warrantied dog door like a PlexiDor Dog Door. Perhaps the next president will get one. Contact PlexiDor at or call at 888-PET-DOOR to find out about yours.

Early Presidential Dogs: George Washington to William McKinley

There have been dogs in the White House since George Washington took office in 1789 and the early presidential dogs are important to note as part of the whole pack of First Dogs. However, the press didn’t take interest in the First Dog until the 1920s with Warren Harding’s Airedale Terrier, Laddie Boy. Never-the-less, in the first 110 years of America’s democracy, over 40 dogs roamed the halls and soiled the lawns of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and only 14 of the 25 presidents in office during this time had dogs.

Only twelve presidents in all, out of the total 45, did not have a canine companion. That’s a whopping seventy-three percent of presidents who were dog-lovers! Eleven of those twelve presidents without a dog presided before 1901. Let’s take a look at some of the most interesting facts about the early presidential dogs.

  • George Washington wins the award for most dogs during this time with 12 dogs. He kept hounds; American Foxhounds, Black and Tan Coonhounds and a Greyhound. One of his Black and Tan Coonhounds was named Drunkard and another Tipsy.
Black and Tan Coonhounds like George Washington's early presidential dogs Drunkard and Tipsy
  • John Adams had a dog named Satan.
  • The most presidential dog was perhaps James Garfield’s dog named “Veto”. The breed of this dog is not known.
  • The most exotic dogs during this time were Franklin Pierce’s two teacup Japanese Chins.
A Japanese Chin like Franklin Pierce’s early presidential dog
  • Ulysses S. Grant’s Newfoundland was his most “Faithful” companion, as would be suggested by his name.
  • The most popular breed among the presidents was a Newfoundland. Three different presidents, Buchanan, Grant and Hayes, each had this breed.
The Newfoundland was a popular early presidential dog and was owned by three different presidents
  • There were also three dachshunds in the White House, but all three were Grover Cleveland’s.

During this time period, some the presidents who did not keep dogs had some interesting animal companion choices as well…

  • Three presidents kept a parrot including James Madison, Andrew Jackson, and William McKinley.
  • Martin Van Buren briefly kept two tiger cubs that were a gift from a Sultan. Congress forced him to donate them to a zoo.
  • John Quincy Adams kept silkworms and the First Lady, Louisa, spun their silk. It is also possible he kept an alligator.

There was quite a variety in presidential pets and some very interesting details regarding the early presidential dogs. Teacup to extra-large, companion and working dogs all graced the halls of the White House during the birth of our Nation and beyond. With twelve dogs, George Washington may have found a dog door helpful to allow the dogs access to the outside without involving him. Whether you have one dog or twelve, give yours the freedom of outside access with a quality dog door from PlexiDor Dog Doors. Give us a call at 888-PET-DOOR or drop us a line today!

What Is It About The Golden Retriever?

There are many qualities about the Golden Retriever that make it one of the most beloved dogs around. These qualities have contributed to the AKC citing the Golden as the third “Most Popular Dog Breed” for 2020. They have been considered among the “smartest” dog breeds by some. Regardless of popularity or intelligence, it’s hard to argue with their cuteness factor. Goldens have looks and smarts, what else is there?

About the Golden Retriever's many qualities

Amazing Facts About the Golden Retriever

  • Versatile in their purpose, they are known for being bird dogs, family pets, service dogs for the disabled and search and rescue dogs
  • They are easy to train; reliable and consistent in following commands
  • Enjoyable and even-tempered, playful and friendly. They are a “smile-y” dog and generally do well with kids and other animals
  • They have a water-repellant coat
  • There are three different recognized colors for Goldens: golden, light golden and dark golden
  • There are three different types of Goldens: English, Canadian and American. The English Golden is light golden to white in color and is stockier than the Canadian and American Goldens, which share the same slighter build. However, a Canadian Golden Retriever’s coat is thinner than the American Goldens’.
  • They weren’t recognized as a breed by the AKC until 1925.
  • Goldens need 40 minutes or more of exercise each day or the equivalent of two good walks.
  • They like to chew. You can curb this by providing toys to mouth.
  • Obedience training is a must to have a relaxed and well-mannered dog.
  • The Goldens’ beautiful feathered coat needs to be brushed daily to avoid matting and keep shedding down. They have a distinctive odor about them and are prone to produce lots of dander.
  • They are super-energetic as puppies and require much mental stimulation and room to romp. They tend to jump and play more vigorously as puppies. One thing about the Golden Retriever, they start out a true puppy, playful and rambunctious, then calm down as they mature.
  • Their need for mental stimulation continues into adulthood and enjoying the backyard through an electronic PlexiDor Dog Door

won’t be enough for them. (Although it will save you from getting up and down to let them out.) You may consider doggie agility classes to keep them entertained and get the energy out.

  • Golden Retrievers have lots of potential health problems. They are prone to joint and bone diseases, heart disease, epilepsy and cancer. While this breed can live up to 12-13 years, the later years may not be healthy due to chronic illness.

The Golden has many wonderful character traits and qualities that put this breed at the top of many dog lover’s lists. However, they won’t be a good dog fit for everyone. They are a moderately high maintenance dog, as they need exercise at least twice daily and daily brushings. They are friendly, playful, mouthy, and easy to train. And they will more-than-likely experience health issues in later life. Now that you know more about the Golden Retriever, will this be the dog for you?

Signs of Pain in Your Dog: What to Look For

September is Animal Pain Awareness Month and the IVAPM wants us all to be aware of the signs of pain in your dog. It was introduced by the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM) to educate pet owners on their dog’s well-being when it comes to pain management. Just like people, animals experience pain too. It can be acute or chronic. If you know what to look for, there are options to treat and manage a pet’s pain, such as pain medications, physical rehabilitation, acupuncture, laser therapy, and therapeutic massage.

Signs of Pain in Your Dog

  • Not as active as usual
  • Struggling to jump up on couches or beds
  • Decreased appetite
  • Licking themselves/grooming more than usual
  • Not using the stairs
  • Having trouble standing up after lying down
  • Withdrawal from the family
  • Not wanting to move
  • Whimpering, howling or growling
  • Aggressive behavior; biting
  • Chewing on themselves
  • Changes in posture

Knowing what to look for is the first step to helping our non verbal friends feel better. They can’t tell us what’s wrong. We all want to be the best dog parents we can and it’s hard when many of these signs could mean many different things. By just keeping our eyes and ears open and paying attention you will be able to see the potential signs of pain in your dog. Awareness is the key to making it better.

This has been a public service message from PlexiDor Dog Doors. Have a happy, healthy and pain-free September everyone!

Preparing Your Dog For Back-to-School Time

Back-to-school is an exciting, hectic time of the year for parents and kids. So many things to do and so little time. The lazy days of the summer give way to early morning alarms and a new routine. We often leave the dog out when we prepare for the upcoming shift in schedules and preparing your dog for back-to-school time is rarely top of mind. There are however a few ways we can ensure the dog has the best experience possible during the transition from summer into the fall.

Transitioning To Being Alone

Your dog has grown accustomed to spending more time with us over the summer, probably more quality time. Maybe they went on family vacations or outings on the regular and now they face hours of daily alone time. The transition may be easier for younger pups, but the older a dog gets, the harder it becomes to get used to a new routine. Also, a dog may not remember back to the spring when the long days of solitude were the norm. For a dog, the spring was a lifetime ago.

Ease your dog back into being alone. Start by leaving them alone in the house for a short period of time. Base that time on the length of time they are already used to spending alone during the day. For example, if the dog never gets left alone, start with a 30-minute increment and slowly work up to a full 8-hour day. Should your dog already be used to a 3-hour block of time alone, start there and work up to the 8-hours. This will help transition them into being alone for a full day. With a PlexiDor Dog Door installed in your home, they won’t need to wait until you get home to go outside. They will have the freedom to potty or chase squirrels at their leisure.

Practice Your Schedule

Begin your new school schedule a couple of weeks before it starts. This will actually benefit everyone. The change in routine is hard on everyone and practicing working out all the kinks can be helpful for all family members, especially the dog. It will relieve anxiety and calm stress.

  • Set your alarm and start waking up earlier to go out for the morning walk at the same time you will on school days
  • Get your dog back on track for feeding times, both morning and night
  • If possible, once breakfast is over, plan on leaving for a while to run errands or go on an outing. The dog will be able to get accustomed to you not being around directly after the morning meal
  • If you crate your dog during the day, start that practice again for short periods

Occupying the Dog During the Day

Part of preparing your dog for back-to-school should include figuring out some sort of mental stimulation during the day. When your dog is in the house or in a crate all day they can, and will get bored. There are a ton of toys and puzzles on the market designed to spark your dog’s interest and keep them occupied, usually involving retrieval of a treat. Some dogs enjoy calming music or the TV left on a nature or animal show. You may consider hiring a dog walker or taking your pooch to doggie daycare. Anything you can do to provide a distraction from your absence during the day is welcome relief for your pet. A depressed or anxious dog is a terrible thing to witness and can be a destructive force in your home.

Keeping your dog calm and secure as you leave and return home at the end of the day is also important. Don’t make a big show when you leave in the morning. It will only upset the dog more to make a big deal out of leaving. Be quick and calm as you say goodbye to the dog and make sure you explain to the kids ahead of time why you’re doing this. It’ll save everyone heartache.

In the evening, when you return home, do the same. As you walk in the door, say a quick hi and get settled. Put your things down and take your shoes off, get the kids started on their homework, make sure the dog’s let himself out through his PlexiDor Dog Door recently and then give him all the love and pats he deserves for being such a good boy all day. Just a little planning on your part and preparing your dog for back-to-school can be a breeze.

Camping With the Dog: What You Need To Know

Camping With the Dog Can Be a Blast

It’s always fun to be able to go on vacation, and maybe this year your plans include camping with the dog. Our family goes every year and we look forward to including our chocolate lab in the festivities. She’s been going with us since the first year we brought her home. However, we first tested that she knew a few basic commands before we took her with us.

Camping with the dog by the lake

Without these few “basics”, the trip wouldn’t be pleasant for us, the dog, or our fellow campers. In fact, most campgrounds will have specific rules around dogs visiting that require these basic commands. Your dog should be able to walk on a leash and be comfortable being on a leash during the day for their safety. Many campgrounds require dogs to be kept on leashes anyway. Also, important is for your dog to come to you when called and to be quiet when asked.

Once you’ve checked that your dog can handle the leash requirement, be able to come when called and stop barking on demand, you are ready to further consider camping with your pooch. If you’re taking the dog out for the first time, try to imagine your dog camping. Do you think he would have a good time? How does she feel about being dirty? Does he have tender feet? Do unfamiliar situations stress her out? Also, call ahead and verify the campground is dog friendly. Scrambling to find a new, last-minute campsite could start your vacation off on the wrong foot.

Off We Go, Camping With the Dog…

It’s important to take “camping” gear specifically for your dog. The same items seem to apply whether you’re tent camping or going in an RV. Just add a few things, and you’ll be ready to take your dog along and make the trip a success for both of you. These items are inclusive for just about any dog. You may find some dogs don’t require all of these things, like a jacket and booties. Customize the list for your dog’s needs.

  • Pet first aid kit complete with antiseptic, vet wrap, tick removal tool, and tweezers. Even if you have these items in your “people” first aid kit, it’s nice to have a separate one for the dog
  • Vaccine records
  • Collar with ID tags and emergency number and a harness if you like
  • Current photo and a list of emergency contacts
  • Sleeping pad, blanket or bed
  • Food and water bowls and enough food/water for the trip plus a little extra
  • Doggie treats
  • Leash and long line or dog pen for the day
  • Poop bags
  • Dog brush and waterless pet wash
  • Toys
  • Dog friendly bug spray
  • Jacket for cool nights and/or cooling pad for hot days
  • Dog booties or paw wax to protect feet from the rough ground

Now you’re ready to go camping with the dog! You have planned ahead and packed appropriately. Once you get to your destination you and the dog will settle into a rhythm. The dog will want to be with you during the day, either lounging at camp, hiking, boating, swimming or sightseeing. Try to plan dog-friendly activities. If you can’t take the dog with you, he can stay in the RV, provided it stays cool and comfortable. However, a tent is not a safe place for the dog to stay during the day.

At night, the dog can sleep with you in the RV or in the tent. Remember to take their bed or blanket so they are comfortable and familiar with their sleeping quarters. Your pet may surprise you with their choice of sleeping arrangements in the great outdoors. Our dog always chooses to sleep outside, right next to the camper, on the ground, beside her blanket. She truly likes to “rough it” when she goes camping. Every dog has their own level of comfort.

The most important tip when going camping with the dog, have fun! Remember, it’s a vacation for both of you. There are a thousand new smells and discoveries just around the corner. Although your dog may be excited to go on a “ride”, he may be a little nervous once you get there. Take it slow and you’re sure to have a great time! PlexiDor Dog Doors encourages all dog owners to get out and explore safely this year. Be adventurous and have fun!

Glass House Door or French Door with a Dog Door? How Does That Work?

Getting a glass house or French door with a dog door placed in the glass is an excellent solution to allow your dog access to the outside. A wall may not be available or you may not want to commit to the permanence of a hole in your house for a dog door. The entire pane of glass gets replaced, and should you need to remove the dog door in the future, a new pane of glass can be put back in. You can even keep your old glass if you have the space to store it!

PlexiDor Dog Doors has standard size glass door inserts to fit most any thickness glass pane in stock. They are easy to have installed or we have installation videos available for the DIYer. Review this video on properly measuring for the correct size glass insert:

How to Measure For a French Door with Dog Door Insert

Once the door has been measured, view the next video for easy to follow instructions for installation:

Install “How To” Video

If you’re not a DIY person, PlexiDor Customer Service can get you in touch with a local installer in your area. We are here to help whatever your question may be on your new glass door or French door with dog door. Give us a call today at 800-749-9609 Opt. 3.

The PlexiDor Sliding Glass Dog Door and Your Active Dog

You may wonder how a sliding glass dog door can possibly survive the day-in, day-out use of an active dog. It seems unlikely a sliding glass door can support a doggie door for a 100 pound dog or larger. PlexiDor Glass Series Dog Doors are revolutionary and were developed with UPA Glass Pet Door Solutions to accommodate any dog breed. The typical, and even rambunctious, lifestyle of a normal dog was top of mind when creating this product. This pet door is approved for any dog.

The prefabricated glass inserts were designed to replace the existing glass in your French, glass patio or sliding glass door. The insert includes a one-piece frame with a factory installed PlexiDor dog door. You choose the size dog door you need depending on your pet(s). These doors come in all sizes; small (SM), medium (MD), large (LG) and extra-large (XL).

PlexiDor Glass Series sliding glass dog door

For some homeowners, the best access to the dog’s space outdoors is through a glass door, or perhaps a window. In the past, installing a sliding glass dog door would have been almost impossible. However, the PlexiDor Glass Series makes putting a dog door through a window, or glass door, no problem. This is a practical and beautiful solution to providing your dog freedom to the outside.

An installer will come to your home to measure the width, thickness, and height of the pane of glass in your door. These measurements will be used to ensure your prefabricated glass insert arrives ready to install. The glass insert, with the dog door already in place, will be installed just like the original glass had been. The original door glass, removed with care, can be stored for later use. Should you sell your home or no longer need a pet door, the old pane can be put back in. Installation of a sliding glass dog door generally takes about 45 minutes.

After installation, the door is ready for your frisky pooch. This is the perfect doggie door style for any breed, no matter how spirited. The sliding glass dog door will be a good fit for your family and home. It really blends right into your existing door frame!     

The replacement frame and glass are warranted for five years and the PlexiDor dog door comes with a 10-year warranty. For more information, contact us or give us a call at 888-PET-DOOR!