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Wooden Gates Expand to Block Off Larger Areas from Dogs

by Barbara 21. January 2014 08:28

Question about attractive options in wooden gates to block off areas in home from dogs.

Q: "We have several dogs. They can be a nuisance when we have company. What wooden gates do you suggest that are portable and can block off a wide doorway. Thanks. Bill."

Answer: Safe Home sells both extra tall gates for larger dogs and step-over type gates for smaller dogs. These are Cardinal Gate. Choose white, black or stained wood depending upon the model of the gate.

For example, choose the white wooden extra tall free standing pet gate if your doorway is 27.5 to 51 inches wide and you need a gate that is 36 inches tall. This gate also comes in black and in oak. The white 20 inch high step over gate also expands 28 to 51.75 inches. An extension is available to increase the width another 22 inches. Multiple extensions can be used to increase the width.

If you want to make a "dog play pen", I suggest you purchase the Cardinal Gates Perfect Fit Small Pet Gate or Puppy Pen.The PFPG model dog gate, the Perfect Fit Pet Gate, by Cardinal Gates is the perfect portable gate for owners of small dogs who want to contain dogs in an area without kenneling them. No assembly required: remove from box and set it up as a puppy pen or dog gate ! Portable dog fence for indoor use only. This is not a child gate.

Small Dog Gate, Enclosure, Puppy Play Pen Features Include:

  • Painted wood and steel construction:non toxic spray enamel on wood and powder coated metal.
  • Rubber pads attached under the hinge brackets for stability.
  • 6 gate panels: 5 are fixed plus a two part panel that forms the gate door
  • Each panel measures 26.25”Wide x 26.5” High.
  • Bar spacing is 1 inch.
  • There is a 1.75” space between the black post and wood frame of panel.
  • The 1” bar spacing within each panel keeps puppies contained, too.
  • Width of each upright bar is 1/8 inch: gate is 3/4 inch thick 10.5” wide puppy door opens to 10” tall.
  • Spring loaded. Door can be left open if desired.
  • Weight: 30 lbs. Ships as 45 pounds due to dimensions.

Capable of multiple configurations—See Manua:

  • Maximum straight-line width: 152” or just over 12 feet with 16” deep side panels.
  • Pen/Hexagon maximum span: 52” wide
  • Rectangle: 30.5” wide x 61” length

Please measure carefully. Gates are returnable only if damaged in transit or in unopened boxes. Hope this helps.

Thanks for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara

Sturdy Wood 3 Ft High Portable Pet Gates for Large or Jumping Dogs

by Barbara 9. August 2013 10:05

Question about how to keep dogs contained when we have company.

Question: "I have two large dogs. I don't want to use the pressure gates because they leave dents in the wall. The dogs are not aggressive. They can jump over a low gate with ease. What portable gates would you suggest? Thanks. Mary."

Answer: Cardinal Gates now offers Extra Tall Pet Gates. Made from wood, the gates are available in white, black or an oak finish.

All three share the same characteristics.

The Cardinal Gates Extra Tall Free Standing Pet Gate keeps large breeds and high jumping dogs contained. This wood gate is 3 feet tall: the width adjusts from 27.5 inches to 51 inches.  NOTE: For best results, use in a doorway or in a position where the gate makes contact with the wall or doorjamb. Ideally, expand the gate width  beyond the width of the opening. Dog and gate should be on the same side of the opening.

Cardinal Gates Extra Tall Free Standing Pet Gate Features:

  • Simple to set up and to use.
  • Height: 3 feet, keeps most high jumping dogs contained.
  • Width: Expands from 27.5 to 51 inches
  • Solid wood construction
  • Thick, heavy-duty spindles
  • Bar spacing of 2 inches.
  • Rubber feet protect floors
  • Sliding feet can be permanently attached if desired.
  • This gate is not recommended for top-of-stairway use nor should it be used as a child safety gate.
  • The Extra Tall Free Standing Pet Gate is available in black, white, or oak.

Thanks for your question.

Sincerely,

Barbara

 

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"Gordo" The Fat Cat Slims Down with Ergo Pet Feeder with Timed Kibble Release

by Barbara 1. March 2013 14:24

Question about the effectiveness of Ergo Pet Feeder for Cats and Dogs.

Q: "How can an Ergo Pet Feeder help me slim down my adopted cat? With my former cat, I could leave kibble out all the time in a gravity feeder. This cat will eat until all the kibble is gone.Thanks. Carol.

Answer: Like humans, cats and dogs maintain a healthier weight with several smaller meals each day. My younger son and his family adopted a cat several years ago from the Minneapolis Humane Society. He was literally a fat cat. Their attempts to let him eat using a gravity feeder failed. They named him "Gordo" just like in the old time comic strip. He would eat all that came out.

They purchased an Ergo Pet Feeder and set it to release kibble four times a day, the total being what he needed to reduce his size yet be adequately nourished. Gordo soon learned when the food was about to be dispensed. I understand he still maintains watch for about 10 minutes before the food dispenses. Gordo reduced his weight to a healthy one except for two times. The first happened when he got into the closet with the cat food and ate his way through the bag. The second was during the three weeks he was missing in the spring of 2012. He was returned because he was micro-chipped. For a while, they nicknamed him "El Gato" the thin one as he was really skinny. They also purchased a Medium Ergo pet waterer. That way they can leave Gordo alone over the week-end without worrying about food or water or a cat sitter. They do add an extra litter box as he is particular as most cats are.

Thanks for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara

 

Raccoon Proofing an Ergo Automatic Pet Feeder for Outdoor Dog or Cat

by Barbara 31. May 2012 07:03

Question about the Ergo Auto Pet Feeder 5 lb. Capacity Timed, SMALL

Q: "We have an outdoor cat on our acreage in the country. Sometimes we are gone for several days at a time. We have no close neighbors. The raccoons get into the cat food no matter how hard we try to keep them out. Is this unit the best choice for us and how do we keep the raccoons out?" Thanks. Bill

Answer: We decided you really needed a pet feeder that would dispense into a bowl, which would be the Pond Feeder.  I consulted with the manufacturer after we discussed the Ergo Small Automatic Outdoor POND FEEDER as an option. Your comment was that your cat ate once a day and about 1 cup of cat kibble. The manufacturer's suggestion was to purchase the Ergo Outdoor Automatic POND FEEDER. MEDIUM. That is because this unit has an agitator so that the kibble would flow even if it got damp. Your response was that the unit would be in a sheltered area, that you only needed a 5 lb. capacity.

The anti-raccoon suggestion given by the manufacturer was to enclose this pond feeder unit in a metal cage or fencing that would have openings no larger than 4 inches. That way the kibble would dispense into a bowl through the holes and the raccoon could not get into the feeder itself. We concluded that a caging with a smaller hole, perhaps two inches maximum would work as well. We hope to hear back from you about your cage/enclosure so we can pass this information onto others.

Thanks for your very interesting question.

Sincerely,

Barbara

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Cardinal Gates Silver Deck Shield Net with 1/2 Inch Mesh Openings for Child Safety

by Barbara 25. April 2012 06:12

Question about the advantages of the Cardinal Gates 50 Ft. Silver Deck Netting over the Cardinal Gates Black Deck Shield Netting

Q: "Why is the silver so much more expensive than the black? Why would installing it be better than the black? Thanks. Tom."

Answer: The silver deck shield netting has a longer life and is less visible on light colored decks or when used to block animals (or children) from pushing between the pickets of fences. Both are easily installed using the wire ties, etc. included with each deck net kit. Both are made from polypropylene plastic and UV protected.

The major differences between the silver and the black deck netting are as follows:

  • Thickness: Silver is substantially sturdier and thicker—more than 7 times thicker than black. Black is approximately 0.26mm thick. Silver is approximately 1.98mm thick.
  • Size of openings: Silver: each "mesh" rectangle measures ½-inch hole size .  Black: each "mesh" rectangle measures about 1.25" x .75". 
  • Visibility: silver is even less visible from a distance.
  • Height: 35 inches for black and 36 inches for the silver
  • Can cut with scissors
  • Ideal for homeowner associations
  • Cable ties (provided) to attach uv mesh netting to deck posts.
  • Eye screws (provided) to attach plastic netting to deck surface.

There are two other lengths available.

Thank you for your question.

Sincerely,

Barbara

Use Cardinal All Metal Safety Gates for Outdoor Pet and Child Safety

by Barbara 3. September 2011 14:20

Question about metal safety gates for outdoor use.

Q: "Which gates do you sell that can be used outdoors? We are looking for a metal gate to mount on our outdoor deck to keep children and pets from falling down the stairs to the lower level. We have already installed black deck netting to protect the openings between the deck posts. Thanks. Bill."

Answer: Safe Home sells several metal gates that will fulfill your needs. All Cardinal brand gates are JPMA certified & adhere to guidelines as set forth by the JPMA & the Consumer Products Safety Commission.

Cardinal Stairway Special Gates come in brown , black and white gates with stainless steel hardware. The Stairway Special Outdoor Gate (Model SS-30OD) come with stainless steel hardware. Optional stainless steel mounting kits are available for Stairway Special Gates bought without the stainless steel hardware.  These safety gates are powder coated so the finish is long-lasting and easily cleaned. Features include a latch system that baffles toddlers yet allows one hand operation for adults, and an optional stop bracket prevents opening over a stairway for greater safety. The Stairway Special will mount at angles up to 30 degrees allowing location of a stud when mounting on drywall.

Stairway Special Gate Features:

  • Gate width is adjustable 27 inches  to 42. 5 inches
  • Height: 29.5 inches
  • Bar Spacing: 2.5 inches
  • Width extensions: 10.5 inch extension (Model BX1) extends width from 42.25 inches to 53 inches. 21.75 inch extension (Model BX2) increases width from 42.5 to 64 inches.

Cardinal Gates Duragates are available in white and taupe. This steel gate is powdercoated for durability. Model MG-25 has a simple mounting system, easy assembly and can mount at any angle. If you need a taller gate, the Duragates also come with height extensions. There are two models, the taupe gate and the white gate, each with an 8 inch height extension included. A total of two extensions can be added increasing the height a total of 16 inches.Width extensions are also available in in white or in taupe.

  • Width is adjustable from 26 ½" to 41 ½"
  • Height 29 ½"
  • Bar Spacing 2 ½"
  • 12” extension (Model BX12) is available for openings 41 ½" to 54"

Please measure carefully. Gates are returnable only if damaged in transit or in unopened boxes. Hope this helps.

Thanks for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara

K9 Heat Alarm Keeps Pets or Police Dogs Safer from Heat or Cold in Car or RV

by Barbara 16. July 2010 12:24

Question about the K9 Heat Alarm.

Q: "I have a motorhome and travel with my pets. Would the K9 heat alarm work in my situation? I am afraid the power may go off with the air conditioning or the motorhome will stall when we are shopping for groceries." Thanks. Steve.

Answer: My first sale for this product was for a motorhome owner just like you. He had been looking for a unit that would sound the horn if the temperature rose inside.

Although more typically sold to protect police dogs, this heat alarm made in the USA also works to protect pets or other animals from heat stroke or cold temperatures. This is a 12Volt system and includes the window drop module. Other options include a beeper/pager, dual window drop module (Included with this unit), light bar and/or fan system.

The fan system has 8 blades. Note: Install grills on rear vehicle windows to prevent pets from exiting an unattended vehicle. Use this car ventilation fan with or without the window drop feature. Mount fan carefully to avoid interfering with the window drop and to avoid causing a hazard to the dog.

Ventilation Fan Specifications: Construction: Black high impact plastic. Physical size” 13 7/8 inches in diameter and 2.75 inches thick. Typical Airflow: 675-800 CFM, dependent upon grill type used. Power: 12V fused, 10 Amps. Note: Professional installation may be required. Fans can be mounted on the inside or outside of the window grill guard. Fan motors vary in shape. Grill may need some minor cutting to allow for motor on inside mount. Fan tap is mounted to a battery hot fuse. One year limited manufacturer's warranty.

In order to make sure you get the best installation information, we will need the vehicle make, model and year

The K9 Heat Alarm unit uses temperature sensors along with a microprocessor control system that blows the vehicle horn when an alarm condition is detected. Optional pager has about a one mile range. Backlit alphanumeric display. Microprocessor monitors both temperature sensors and the vehicle's battery. Software based features allow for future upgrades.

Optional Remote Pager and Beeper Module (SM-HA-RBM-D) for K9 Car Alarm: Two part sophisticated paging system includes trigger, timing circuitry and matching receiver (the "beeper"). Alerts when K9 Heat Alarm is activated by high temperatures or low temperatures. Transmitter: maximum output power of 4 watts as allowed by the FCC. Efficient low-loss sensitive pager/receiver senses transmitted signal up to one mile away. Actual range may vary depending upon environment, installation and/or antenna used. Receiver can be programmed to receive page signals from 3 separate vehicles

K9 Car Alarm Features:

  • Temperature monitoring system for use in a canine vehicle.
  • Horn Activation Module. Pulsed outputs for the Ace K9 is a distinctive S.O.S. horn honk that makes the vehicle horn sound like no other.
  • Dual Remote Temperature Sensors with extended 15' cables. Place each sensor where you choose. Most Accurate K9 Car Alarm Temperature Sensors on the market with accuracy better than 0.5° F
  • Dual real-time resolution 0.1° F
  • Full Alphanumeric LCD Display.
  • Comprehensive status reports with easy setup.
  • Modular Design allows addition of options such as beeper, pager, dual window drop module, light bar and/or fan system.
  • Non-volatile Memory for temperature alarm setting. Temperature alarm setting is permanent until user reprograms.
  • Monitors and Displays Vehicle Battery Voltage. Alarm sounds before battery or alternator failure.
  • Complete Self-diagnostics of both control head and temperature sensors. Warns if problem with one temperature sensor and sets off alarm if both sensors fail.
  • Software Upgrades. Allows for new features and easy customization for your unique requirements.
  • All outputs are open collector negative signal with internal over current protection of 300 mA.
  • Keypad enables easy access and control of all features. Keypad Size: 4 3/8" W X 3 3/4" H x 1 1/2" D.
  • Warranty: Two Year Limited Manufacturer's Warranty.
  • Outputs provided for options : Remote Siren Beeper Pager Module, Light Bar and Fan System.

We hope this unit will meet your needs.

Sincerely, Barbara

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Do I Need a Different Otoscope for Looking in My Dog's Ears?

by Barbara 19. September 2009 06:03

Question about the Vetscope Petscope, and EarScopes.

Q: "I use a home otoscope, the EarScope, to examine my children's ears if I suspect an infection is beginning. Do I need a different otoscope to examine my dog's ears? He is a Basset Hound with floppy ears who has had two infections so far. Thanks." Susan

Answer: Yes, you would need to buy either the Vetscope or the Petscope. The difference lies in the focal point of the instrument. The pet otoscope or vet otoscope has a focal length of 6.5 inches. That is the correct focal distance for dogs and cats. There is a detailed instruction sheet with each of the units. You can ask your veterinarian for help during your next pet check-up.

Floppy eared dogs are more prone to ear infections. To prevent ear infections and insect infestations, the recommendations are to  check your pet’s ears each week. I use an ear cleaning solution and cotton swabs to clean my dogs' ears. They don't like having the liquid squirted into their ears.  Vets recommend regular ear cleaning especially for breeds with drop-ears (beagles, bassets, cockerspaniels, spaniels, pointers, hounds & more).

It is all a trade-off among the breeds. I have had only Boston Terriers for the past 30 years. Their ears stand up (usually) but they surely do snore. Only one ear infection in all that time. I have learned to use an ear drying solution after they get their showers or play in the wading pool.

Thanks for you question. Enjoy your dog!

Sincerely, Barbara

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How Pet Safe are the Ergo Oasis Automatic Pet Water Fountains with Continuous Water Filtration

by Barbara 18. August 2009 07:18

Question about the Ergo Oasis Automatic Pet Water Fountains

Q:":"I would like to purchase several of the Oasis automatic pet waterers, but would like to first know whether the plastic and rubber components are safe for the health of my dogs.  Specifically, can you please let me know whether the Oasis waterer is BPA-free, PVC-free and whether the tubing in the waterer is made from drinking hose or other tube material that is safe for this use?" Thanks. Mary


Answer: Our constantly Oasis filtering pet waterer is BPA free (Bisphenol A), PVC free (Polyvinyl chloride). The water bottle is food grade PET (.(Polyethylene terephthalate) The tube between the water pump and the filter is food grade PET.(Polyethylene terephthalate) plastic.  The base and bowl are PP or Polypropylene. The materials chosen in the manufacture of these units have always met the ROHS requirements. ROHS is an abbreviation for the European Union Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) compliant products.

The Oasis units are identical except for the size of the water bottle. We prefer the Ergo Oasis with the 3 gallon water bottle since we have two Boston Terriers and a Siamese cat sharing it. They drink almost 3 gallons a week during the summer months. We keep the waterer in the kitchen plus we put water bowls on the back porch for when the dogs are outside.

We do recommend that you change water filters at least every month or sooner if they won't backwash clean. When we refill the water bottle, we also rinse out the water bowl and the base, backwash the filter under running water and clean the filter for the pump.

So, the Oasis is safe for your dogs' health.
Thanks again for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara

 

 

Fitting a Child Gate or Pet Gate to a Wider Doorway

by Barbara 9. March 2009 09:52

Question about the JPMA and Consumer Products Safety Commission approved Cardinal Gates: Metal Pressure Gate, Duragate MB-25, Stairway Special Gate SS-30A Clear Plastic and Metal Gate CP-30 and Auto-Close Self-Locking Safety Gate MG-15B.

Q: " How do I choose the correct gate for the wider doorways in my home? I have dogs and babies who need separation. I'm not sure which gate to buy." Thanks. Janet

Answer: I recommend these actions:

  1. Accurately measure the actual door way openings with a metal retractable tape.
  2. Look at the maximum doorway fit of each gate without an extension.
  3. Decide whether you want a gate that permanently mounts, one that can accept height extensions to keep larger dogs in or out of rooms, etc. Several different gates may meet your specs.
  4. Subtract the gate maximum width from the doorway opening.
  5. Choose 1 or more width extensions, 10.5 inches and 21.75 inches to fill in that missing space for the Duragate, the Stairway Special and the Auto-Close Gates. For the metal pressure gate, there are 5 inch and 10.25 inch extensions.

For example, if your door opening is 52 inches:

  • The steel Duragate fits a maximum opening of 41.5 inches. Subtract the gate from the opening and your distance left is 10.5 inches. The SF-BX-1WH is a 10.5 inch extension for 41.5" to 54" openings. Choose one of this extension.
  • The white self-locking baby gate MG-15B fits a maximum opening of 40.5 inches. There is an 11.5 inch gap which means you would need the wider extension 21.75 inch Extension SF-BX-2WH for 0penings 51 inches to 61.75 inches.

If your doorway opening is 72 inches:

  • All Steel Duragate: Your distance left is 30.5 inches. Subtract 41.5 inches from the 72 inch opening. Now subtract 21.75 from the remainder. You have 8.75 inches left. So you need one of the BX-1 and one of the BX-2. I also recommend a T-Bar support.
  • Auto Close Aluminum Gate MG-15B: Your distance left is 31.5 inches. Subtract 40.5 inches from 72 inches. Then subtract 21.75 from the 31.5. You still need one each of the extensions plus a support.

Gates are not recommended for children over 24 months old.

If you need help, please email us at sales@safehomeproducts.com with your measurements, color preference, gate preference (pressure, clear, steel, autoclose, stairway, etc.). We'll send you our recommendations and you can order on line or phone us.

Thanks again for your question. Sincerely, Barbara