Thursday, September 21, 2017

Basic Grooming Needs for Your Pet

Every day you perform basic grooming needs for yourself, from applying makeup, taking a shower, brushing your teeth, using deodorant, trimming your nails - the list is endless! You perform these tasks so that you look good when you go out in public, and even just looking good for yourself! Just like you need these things done, your pet needs a few basic grooming procedures performed. They may not need them every single day, but they do need to be done on a routine basis. Here are a few things you can remember to do for your pet to keep them looking their best!



BATHING

Sometimes your cat or dog may be leery of bathing, and if so, that's okay! There are a few steps you can take to help ease them into it - even if they're just baby steps. Start by preparing the bathing area with all of the supplies you'll need beforehand. You'll want to have the tub or basin filled with lukewarm water, a cup to pour water over them or a spray nozzle, and pet shampoo/conditioner. Every pet is different, so handle the bathing uniquely for them. Some pets like the tub already filled and ready to go when they jump in, others like to get into an empty tub and have you fill it. This will be about learning what they need individually, and taking it slow if they're leery. If it's warm outside you can always consider doing it outdoors with a hose or kiddy pool, especially if you have a larger dog. Bathing is an important step in pet grooming because it keeps their skin and hair clear of debris, and can help keep your house cleaner too!

BRUSHING

When you brush your pet, you're removing dirt and loose hair from their coat. This prevents mats and tangles, but can also help keep your house cleaner as well. Every dog will need a different brushing schedule based on the coat they have. If they have a long coat, you want to brush them at least every week, while if they have a longer coat you can get away with brushing it every few weeks. There are several different types of brushes you can choose from, and it's all based on your pet's comfort level with them. If your pet sees a groomer, you can try to choose a brush like theirs so that they are more comfortable with brushing no matter where they are.

TOOTH BRUSHING

Oral hygiene is just as important for your pet as it is for you. While it may take a few weeks to get your pet warmed up to the idea of brushing their teeth, it is possible and important. More than 85 percent of cats and dogs over four years old are affected by periodontal disease. You can also purchase special toys that are made to "floss" your pet's teeth, and treats that help with dental hygiene.

TRIMMING

If your dog's nails click on the floor as they walk, or if you press on the toe so that the nail extends fully and it curves beyond the bottom of the toe pad it is too long. Nail trimming can seem like an intense process, but sometimes you just need to take it slow. Many people take their dogs to a groomer to have this done, but if you are worried that it might be too much for your pet to take in, you can do it in the comfort of your own home. 

CARING FOR YOUR PET IN ALL-WAYS

At the PetCot Company, we take your pet's health serious in all ways, from grooming to sleeping. Our pet beds help with your grooming needs because they don't allow for any bugs to create a home in them. You can count on our premium pet beds to remain clean and sanitary, which helps you with all of the grooming. Plus, the added comfort of a raised pet bed means that your pet's joints are always being supported accurately. We want to help you care for your pet in every way possible, from grooming to using the best pet bed. Visit our website to learn more about our PetCots!

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

5 Ways to be a Responsible Dog Owner

A dog's loyalty, devotion, and unconditional love is an unmatched reward that dog owners are so privileged to experience. But owning a dog isn't just a privilege. It's a huge responsibility. They require time, care, and undivided attention. If you're considering taking a dog in, you need to seriously consider the commitment that dog ownership takes. If you already have a dog, are you doing what you need to do to fulfill your obligations as a pet owner? This week, we're sharing with you 5 very important ways to ensure that you're being a responsible dog owner - take a look:


1. Be a Canine Ambassador
One irresponsible dog owner in town can make life difficult for dog owners all over. So, as a dog owner, you are responsible not only for your own dog's well being, but for the status of dogs everywhere. Having a friendly, clean, well-mannered dog reflects positively on the species and may help protect our rights to own companion animals. So when you are out with your dog, be respectful of local animals laws and of your neighbors, and make sure to pick up after your pet during walks. 

2. Promote a Healthy Lifestyle for Your Dog
Part of responsible dog ownership is to ensure a healthy lifestyle. There's a lot you must do to maintain your dog's health. First of all, it's important to schedule routine check ups with your veterinarian to keep track of your dog's health and keep up with vaccinations to prevent disease and illness. You also need to maintain your dog's hygiene to avoid ticks, fleas, and parasites. We offer easy-to-clean premium raised dog beds that help to prevent bacteria buildup and parasites. Groom and clip their nails routinely to avoid fur matting or injury. Feed your dog a well-balanced healthy diet to promote healthy weight, and exercise him regularly.

3. Keep Your Dog Safe and Secure
It's important to think about the safety of your dog BEFORE it's too late. Attach an identification tag with updated contact information to their collar. Microchipping is a method of permanently identifying your dog, and can be invaluable in recovering your dog should he become lost. Make arrangements for your dog's care when you go away. Enlist a family member or friend to take care of your dog in the event of a sudden illness, hospitalization or other emergency. 

4. Train Your Dog Even After Pup Stage
Teach your dog basic commands such as sit, stay, come and down. Training your dog will not only make your life easier, but can also keep your dog safe and well. Obedience classes can be a great experience for you and your dog. Not only will it give you a chance to get help with training, but it provides the perfect opportunity to socialize your dog. The more your dog learns of the world, the more comfortable he will be in it. By continuing to train your dog even after the puppy stage, you'll help your dog to remain a well-mannered member of society. Our pet care products are great for training!

5. Show Your Pooch Lots of Love
You are the center of your dog's world. You may be tired after a long day at work, but your dog has spent the day anxiously awaiting your return. Reward that loyalty with your time. Dogs love to play. Set aside time each day for play sessions. Take your dog on frequent walks. Give your dog treats. Scratch your dog's belly often. Include your dog in family activities. Make sure your dog has a cozy place to rest, such as a PetCot dog bed. Whatever it is you choose to do, you'll be showing your pooch just how much you love him by giving him your undivided attention, and that's all he really wants.

Owning a dog is a great privilege, as well as a great responsibility. And it's something that should not be taken lightly or without serious consideration. So, if you're a pet owner looking for ways to give back for all of the love and happiness your dog gives you, or if you don't have a dog but are considering getting one, we hope that these tips will help to serve you well.

A happy pet makes a happy owner, and a comfortable pet is a happy pet. Are you ready to see why purchasing a PetCot bed will be the last premium pet bed you have to purchase? You can visit our website to view all of the different sizes and colors we have available, and before you know it, it will be shipped to your door!

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

A Healthy Balanced Diet Equals A Healthy Pet!

Your furry friend works hard to keep up with you! They run and play, nap and cuddle, and for all of that, they need the right nutrition to make sure they can continue to do all of these things. Whether you have a cat or dog, there are specific foods that your pet needs at different stages of their life so they can continue to live up to all of their potential. Here at the PetCot company, we realize the value of having the right tools, whether that's a raised pet bed or a delicious and nutritious dog food. Here are a few ways you can make sure you're getting the right food for your pet.


If you have any concerns about your pet's eating habits, what they should or shouldn't eat, or the quantity or quality - please consult your veterinarian for more information.

Consider Their Stage of Life

It's important to realize that your pet's stage of life can influence the types of food they need. While a young pet will need plenty of proteins and vitamins so they can build a strong frame as they grow, an older pet may need something that helps support their aging body and is easily digestible. Pet food isn't a one size fits all.

Look At The Ingredients

If you aren't sure what type of food to get, you can always start by looking at the ingredients on the bag. They will be in order of quantity used, so you'll want to see some form of meat or fish as the first or second item on the list. You'll also want to find appropriate amounts of protein, carbohydrates, fiber and fats in a pet food.

While there are some who choose to get a grain free or gluten free dog food, keep in mind that there are studies saying that your pet isn't allergic to gluten. If you have any concerns about your pets allergies or diet you'll want to talk to your veterinarian. They can run tests on your furry friend to find out exactly what is happening in their body, and choose a food that works with them.

Compare the Guaranteed Analysis

The Guaranteed Analysis can be found on the back of your pet food bag. The chart lists the percentages of the different ingredients contained in the food, but you have to remember that the numbers are on an "as fed" basis and they don't take into account the amount of moisture in the food. Because different foods have different moisture levels, you'll want to determine the actual levels of moisture by converting wet food to Dry Matter.

Take Time Switching Food

Once you've compared the foods and you're ready to make the switch, remember that it's important to make a slow transition between the new food and the old. There are normal bacteria in your dog's digestive system that allow them to digest their food, and when you suddenly change it on them, they can have adverse effects, and it can be harder for them to transition.

One Transition That Doesn't Take Long At All

Did you know, there's one transition that you probably won't have to go through slowly with your pet? When you bring a PetCot home, many pets fall in love with it immediately, and don't need a transition period to get used to it! Throw a few toys on it, add their favorite blanket, and they are generally hooked to their new favorite premium pet bed. And the best part, is you can plan ahead with this by getting a bed that your pup will grow into. We know you care for every aspect of your pet, so from food to bedding, PetCot is here to make sure you have what you need to love your pet longer! Visit our website to check out our products, and find the best one for you!

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Decorating Tips for a Pet Friendly Home

Any pet owner knows that having an indoor pet means that there is bound to be some amount of sacrifice to your home's cleanliness and decor. While, yes, we would agree with that statement, we also know it doesn't have to be as big of a sacrifice as you think. This week, we're sharing with you a few things that you can do to decorate your home to be more pet friendly.


Use Slip-Proof Rugs

The best rugs feature patterns with a multitude of colors that draw the eye away from dirt, stains, and pet hair. Some rugs do a great job of resisting stains, while others can easily be taken outside and hosed clean. Check the rug label for details. Whichever option you choose, include a non-skid pad or double-sided tape beneath the rug so Fido and Fluffy can run safely through the house. And you'll protect your flooring from getting ruined, too.

Choose Pet Friendly Furnishings

The goal is to choose upholstery fabrics that create less work for you. Avoid chairs and sofas covered in velvet, chenille, or other delicate fabrics that can be easily ruined by pets. Tweed can also be a nightmare to clean because pet hair gets caught in its uneven surface. Instead, opt for stain-resistant fabrics that are durable. Crypton is a nearly indestructible, synthetic fabric that's resistant to stains, smells, bacteria and muddy paws. Leather is an easy fabric to clean and is pretty durable. Just keep a leather repair kit on hand to fix scratches. Denim, canvas, and microfiber or microsuede fabrics are other great, easy to clean choices.

Protect Your Walls 

Let's face it, whether they mean to or not, dogs make messes. And big slobbery dogs make even bigger messes. Paint your walls in a semi-gloss-finish paint, especially in rooms that see lots of activity and moisture such as the bathroom and kitchen. This will make wiping down walls after your dog shakes after bath time or drinking much simpler.

If you're sharing your bed with your dog, the dander, dog hair, sweat and drool can often cause your bed to quickly become a breeding ground for bacteria. Rather than spending a bunch of time washing and rewashing your sheets and bed covers every other day, get your dog a PetCot! A raised dog bed can help keep your home cleaner, and it'll keep them off of your couch and bed. It's much easier wipe down a PetCot than it is to wash, vacuum, or roller your entire living room or bed set.

By using these tips for making your home more pet friendly, you'll appreciate the time you'll save with cleaning up after your fur baby. And since these are such minor, inexpensive decor changes, you'll also appreciate that your home hasn't completely been taken over by your pooch and that it can still feel like home! Don't forget to invest in a PetCot bed to give your pooch his own place to call his own in your home. Visit our website to check out the premium pet beds we offer in different colors and sizes to match all home decor!

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

PetCots are Perfect for Boarding Kennels

While we know our individual owners LOVE having a PetCot pet bed, we also know how much our kennel owner's appreciate them as well. Pet supplies in a kennel must be able to withstand constant use and many different dogs. From big to small, and energetic to lazy, every dog has a different set of needs, and a PetCot bed can help survive all of them. If you work for a kennel, here are a few reasons we think you'll love having our beds in stock!


They're Incredibly Durable

The PetCot dog bed is lightweight but tough enough that it is used in thousands of homes and kennel runs nationwide. Our exclusive cover is heat-sealed seamed, not sewn, with corner-to-corner fabric. The frame is made of strong rust resistant steel tubing (not PVC plastic, which can crack and break). One of the best (and most common) testimonials we receive is that our beds last for a LONG time. If under the rare circumstance that something happens, we offer replacement parts!

They are Very Comfortable and Hygienic

The PetCot dog bed provides comfort and support for pets while alleviating the breeding ground for bacteria and odor that pillow beds provide. Any kennel will be the first to realize that a large number of dogs from many different backgrounds can mean that there are many different germs and odors that come through. Having a hygienic pet bed can help alleviate these occurrences.

The Elevated Design

Our unique 4 ½" elevated dog bed evenly distributes dog's weight while keeping the dog away from excessive cold, heat, moisture and pests. Other cot-style beds on the market are higher elevation making it hard for older pets to get on and off. This can be a huge advantage for kennels, because of the varying ages of the dogs that will be there. If you have older dogs, the height is still easy enough for them to climb up to, and the weight dispersing is extremely comfortable to them.

They Assist with Wellness Care

We know more than anyone that you will have many different pets in your kennel on a day to day basis. From young and frisky to old and wise, you want a bed that can support all stages of life. The PetCot dog bed helps prevent joint-related difficulties and cuts down on elbow calluses. It is great for all dogs and cats and beneficial for arthritic and geriatric pets. The PetCot dog bed evenly supports your pet, unlike filled beds that can clump and become uneven.

Great for Indoors and Outdoors

The rugged construction is perfect for indoor and outdoor use, making our beds a perfect addition to your kennel. The fabric is UV light resistant and fast drying, so whether it gets left out on a rainy day or a sunny day, it will be able to stand up to the elements.

Best Pet Beds for Your Pet

We are proud to have constructed a pet bed that is perfect for kennels and individuals alike. Our beds were created with you and your pets in mind, which is part of what makes them ideal. If you're ready to start using the best pet beds for kennels, visit our website today!

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

FAQs About Vaccinating Your Pet

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and while this particular holiday is typically meant to raise awareness of the importance of vaccines for humans, it still serves as a great reminder that your dogs also need routine vaccines to prevent illnesses and diseases. Vaccinating your dog has long been considered one of the easiest ways to help them live long, healthy lives. With the recent controversy of the risks incurred, you may have some questions about vaccinating. So this week, the PetCot Company offers answers to some common questions around the topic.


What Are Vaccines?
A vaccine is a biological substance designed to protect humans from infections caused by bacteria and viruses. Vaccines help prepare the body's immune system to fight the invasion of disease-causing organisms. Vaccines contain antigens, which look like the disease-causing organism to the immune system but don't actually cause disease. When the vaccine is introduced to the body, the immune system is mildly stimulated. If a dog is ever exposed to the real disease, his immune system is now prepared to recognize and fight it off entirely or reduce the severity of the illness.

How Important Are Vaccines?
When managing the health of your dog, vaccines are very important. However, not every dog needs to be vaccinated against every disease. Your veterinarian will best know what vaccinations are right for your dog. Factors that should be examined include age, medical history, environment, travel habits and lifestyle. Most vets highly recommend administering core vaccines to healthy dogs.

What are Core Vaccines?
Core vaccines are considered vital to all dogs based on the risk of exposure, severity of disease or transmissibility to humans. Canine parvovirus, distemper, canine hepatitis and rabies are considered core vaccines. Non-core vaccines are given depending on the dog’s exposure risk. These include vaccines against Bordetella bronchiseptica, Borrelia burgdorferi and Leptospira bacteria. Your veterinarian can determine what non-core vaccines are best for your dog, but the core vaccines are a must.

How Often Should You Vaccinate?
Typically it's recommended to vaccinate puppies as early as 6-8 weeks of age and at 3-4 week intervals until the puppy reaches 16 weeks old. After that, your pet's vaccine schedule will depend on the type of vaccine, your dog’s age, medical history, environment and lifestyle. Some adult dogs might receive certain vaccines, such as a rabies vaccine, annually, while other vaccines might be given every 3 years or longer.

Are There Risks or Side Effects?
Immunizations mildly stimulate an animal’s immune system in order to create protection from specific infectious diseases. This stimulation can create mild symptoms, ranging from soreness at the injection site to fever and allergic reactions. Another less common side effect is the development of immune mediated disease following vaccination. Most dogs show no ill effect from vaccination, but as with any medical procedure, there is a small chance of side effects. In most cases, the risks are much smaller than the risks of disease itself.

While there are controversial concerns about the safety of vaccinating, studies have shown that dogs who have been vaccinated live longer, healthier lives than those who have not. And while it may be hard to see your pup get shots, it's better to go through that brief moment of uncomfort than to watch your dog suffer from preventable illnesses and diseases. Vaccines can cause side effects that make your dog tired or sore, so after your pup's annual vaccines, make sure your dog has a comfy place to rest. A premium raised dog bed is perfect for keeping your dog comfortable and give them a place to feel safe after such an eventful visit. Visit our website to order your dog's PetCot bed today!

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

5 Ways to Spoil Your Pooch

If you have a dog, you probably think of them as a part of the family - your child, your baby! And you take good care of your family, no questions asked. We feel where you're coming from because we, too, love our dogs like they're our children, and we'd do anything to make them happy. Since August 10th has been deemed Spoil Your Dog Day, we've decided to share with you 5 ways to pamper your pooch!


1. Treat Your Pooch to a S-Paw Day
Everyone needs a special spa day to just relax and reset, including your dog! So, pamper your pooch with a nice relaxing day getting pretty and relaxing. Take your dog to the groomer for a bath, hair cut, and nail clip. Then, spend some time giving them a puppy massage, focusing on their paws for sure! You can even YouTube how to give a proper puppy massage if you're unsure of your massage giving skills.

2. Create a Designated Digging Area
What dog doesn't love to dig? We typically attempt to refrain from letting them dig, but it's in their nature. So, instead of battling their natural instinct to hide every single bone or toy you give them, give them a designated digging area that they can let their wild side go crazy! Designate a spot in your yard. Make a heaping pile of dirt and hide some of their favorite toys for them to dig for. This could give them the idea that it's okay to dig anywhere, so it's important to train your dog that this is their special spot and that other areas are off limits. Dogs are smart, so more than likely, your pup will catch on pretty quickly.

3. Go for a Road Trip that Doesn't Involve the Vet's Office
Some people have trouble convincing their pup to "go for a ride", and we understand that. The key to taking your dog for a car ride they'll enjoy is to do it sporadically, no just when they're going to the vet's office. If they begin to see a pattern, they'll associate the car with something unenjoyable. So load up your pooch, roll the windows down, and just enjoy the ride! You don't even have to have a real destination. But we bet if you throw in a surprise trip to the dog park or a pet store, your pup will quickly learn to love road trips with you!

4. Splurge on the Special Treats
Sure, you have the regular treats hanging around your house that you use for praising and training, but you know what we're talking about when we say SPECIAL treats! We mean the meaty, savory goodness that your dog salivates over - whether that's a huge raw beef bone or a scrumptious peanut butter delight, do something above the normal and give your dog something you know they'll love!

5. Pamper your Pooch with a Premium Dog Bed
Who doesn't want a super comfortable place to wind down and rest their head after a long day of fun and excitement? Your pet is certainly no exception to the rule! Spoil your pooch by upgrading their dirty stinky cushioned bed to a premium raised dog bed from PetCot. The PetCot dog bed provides comfort and support for Pets while NOT providing a breeding ground for bacteria and odor found in pillow beds. They also provide great support for preventing joint-related issues as your pet ages, making them the perfect beds for older dogs. Trust us, your pooch will LOVE this gift!

Now that you have 5 ways to spoil your pooch, you better get to it. Your favorite fur buddy is awaiting your attention! Don't forget to make a quick pit stop at www.PetCot.com to order your pup's premium raised dog bed, because a happy pet makes a happy owner, and a comfortable, spoiled pet is a happy pet!

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