How to Select Patio Doors with Pets

The dog days of summer are in full swing, and if there’s anyone that loves getting outside more than us, it’s our pets. With temperatures varying throughout the day, it’s important our furry friends have access to outdoor spaces with the ability to come back inside to cool off. Give you and your pet more freedom by opting for pet-friendly patio doors. Before investing in a pet door, make sure your home and outdoor areas are fully fit for a safe, unsupervised environment. Here are a few of our favorite patio door options that feature pet-friendly technology and stylish features.

1. Sliding Patio Doors and Inserts

How to Select Patio Doors with Pets By Kerrie Kelly, ASID

A versatile option for pets of all sizes is combining sliding patio doors with a sliding glass pet door insert. Available in multiple sizes, this option provides maximum freedom without the commitment and fuss of a built-in pet door. For sale at most neighborhood hardware stores, pet door inserts are easy to install and work wonderfully with most sliding doors. These inserts are perfect for renters and those don’t want to invest in a construction project.

2. Custom Dimension Pet Doors

How to Select Patio Doors with Pets By Kerrie Kelly, ASID

Love the look of French patio doors but still want to give your pets some summer freedom? A custom pet door may be the way to go. While any exterior door can be used, we love the look of French doors with mullions since a custom pet door can be easily blended into the aesthetic. Make sure to consult with a pet door merchant or your neighborhood hardware store to get the correct door for your dimensions, as some custom dimension pet doors are actually meant for walls, not doors. Handy with tools? There are some custom pet doors you can install yourself with measuring tape and elbow grease.

3. Screen Door Inserts

How to Select Patio Doors with Pets By Kerrie Kelly, ASID

We love the feel of summer breezes flowing through the house, so why have a pet door limit that? Screen doors are a perfect solution that will make you and your pet cool and collected. Easy to install, screen doors allow for you to hear your pet even when out of sight. Like custom dimension door inserts, screen door pet doors are available in multiple styles and sizes. If you’re looking to upgrade your screen door, consider options that already include a built-in puppy portal.


Regardless of the patio door you choose, remember that food and water dishes should be stocked and ready to go, inside and out. Make sure plant food and other gardening materials are out of reach of those curious eaters, and provide a source of shade for a nap spot. With the right patio door, your pet can enjoy the summer months with all the safe and appropriate amenities.

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