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Choosing a Pet Gate for Your Home

Pets can be our greatest companions. These little bundles of joy can instantly liven up a room and de-stress a tiring day. However, they can also get into potentially fragile or harmful household areas. A pet gate helps prevent accidents by containing your pet in an area that is spacious enough for him or her to roam around. It is especially useful for preventing access to certain areas of your home such as the kitchen or a child's room. Importantly, pet gates help keep your pet safe by keeping him or her from running out of your home.

One of the first things you must consider when installing a pet gate is the area where you plan to place it. Doorways, open spaces, and the top or bottom of staircases are typical installation places for a pet gate. Types of pet gates include the following:

Freestanding pet gates

Pet gates vary in function and size, and the one you choose must be sturdy as well as durable. Freestanding pet gates are helpful when you need to move the location of the barrier to different areas of your home.

Wide pet gates

If you are trying to contain your pet inside a room with a wide opening, an extending pet gate is necessary to reach both sides of the door. For hallways, a wide swing gate can effectively block your pet from passing while allowing you to pass through using the swinging door. This type of gate also helps contain small children in one place.

Multiple-use pet gates

In addition, many freestanding pet gates can also serve as room dividers, pet pens, and crates.

Max's Tip

Consider the height of your pet and his or her size when full grown to ensure the pet gate is tall enough to prevent your pet from jumping over it.

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