Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Caring for Your Poochy Pet- What You Need to Know About Pet Obesity

While we say that there's just "more of them to love," and it's probably true, pet obesity in the United States is a pretty big issue. It's estimated that 58% of cats and 54% of dogs in the United States are overweight or obese, and if we don't start making some changes, the statistics are only going to grow. At the PetCot Company, while we primarily care about your pet's ability to rest and relax on a comfortable elevated dog bed, we also care for every other area of their lives as well. That's why we're going to focus on ways to start caring for your overweight pet one pound at a time.

What to Know About Pet Obesity

There are about 80 million pets nationwide that are considered overweight or obese by their veterinarians, but the problem is that the owners consider their weight to be normal. Normally, you would think that obesity would have to do with the weight of your pet, but in really has to do with how much extra fat your pet is storing. Because of that, you really have to evaluate your pet to determine if they are really obese or not.

What Causes Obesity in Pets?

Usually, obesity in pets is caused by excessive food intake and insufficient exercise - much like human obesity. Sometimes it will be more common in older pets because they tend to be less active. You can help fix this, by altering the amount they eat. Don't starve them by any means, but don't provide a bottomless bowl. You base the amount that they eat based on the amount that the weigh, but if they are overweight, you'll have to adjust that. Talk with your pet's care provider to determine a healthy way to manage their weight. You may have to use a special food that is used for weight control, or you may just have to limit the amount you provide for them.

Health Problems Caused By Obesity

You aren't doing your pet any favors by refusing to acknowledge their  weight problem. There are many health issues that can be caused by excess weight, and that will affect not only their quality of life but their life span. Here are just a few of the conditions that can occur from excess weight:
  • Exercise intolerance decreased stamina
  • Respiratory compromise (breathing difficulty)
  • Heat intolerance
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Diabetes or insulin resistance
  • Liver disease or dysfunction
  • Osteoarthritis (lameness)
  • Increased surgical/anesthetic risk
  • Lowered immune system function
  • Increased risk of developing malignant tumors (cancer)

Caring For Your Pet in Every Way

Take the time to understand what causes obesity in pets but also realize that it's important to recognize it before it happens. You aren't doing your pet any favors by ignoring it. At PetCot, we provide a premium elevated dog bed that supports your pet's joints, whether they are struggling with obesity, or they are an extremely active dog who just need a good place to relax. Are you looking for a raised dog bed that supports your pet in every stage of life? Visit our website and choose the pet bed that you won't have to replace month after month - because it lasts.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

5 Reasons Why PetCot Beds Are Perfect For Kennels

Does your kennel go through many pet beds? Do you wish there was a bed that was durable enough to withstand chewing and digging, yet comfortable enough for even the pickiest of dogs? Then our premium raised dog beds are right for you and your kennel. Not only are our pet beds loved by pet owners, they are also used by kennels and veterinarians across the United States. Here are a few reasons why the PetCot bed is the perfect pet bed for kennels:

They Are Durable

Durability is one of the reasons why our raised pet bed is used in kennels across the U.S. With possibly hundreds of dogs using the pet beds in the kennel, you want something that will last. Our durable pet beds will withstand the wear and tear associated with running a kennel. You can also add on chew guards to protect the beds from those that do like to chew. If you do have a dog chew or dig his way through our raised beds, you can just order a replacement part. You dont have to buy a new bed – just the part!

They Can Be Used Inside and Outside

PetCot beds can be used inside and outside, which makes them the perfect addition to any kennel. The fabric is UV light resistance so it will not easily fade in the sun. It is also fast drying, so there is no need to worry if it gets left out on a rainy day. Having a bed so versatile will make things easy no matter what the days plans include! 

They are Hygienic and Easy-To-Clean

Our pet beds provide comfort and durability while NOT providing a breeding ground for bacteria. Hygiene is important for kennels, especially with many animals from different backgrounds coming and going. Having so many animals in a combined space means there are lots of germs and odors. Having a hygienic pet bed can help keep your kennel odor and germ free.

They Are Easy-To-Use

The PetCot Company makes it easy for kennel owners to find the best pet bed for their needs. The PetCot beds come in a variety of different sizes to fit any type of kennel. Our quality pet beds also come preassembled (except XL) so you dont have to spend extra time setting up, which means you can spend more time taking care of your business.

Great for All Dogs!

Our raised beds are great for all dogs. The 4 ½ inch raise is tall enough to give a comfortable flex, but still short enough to for easy off and on for older dogs. The PetCot bed comes in a variety of sizing so you can stock your kennel with something for everyone.

The Perfect Pet Bed for Kennels!

The PetCot bed is a perfect pet bed for kennels for a variety of different reasons. If you are wanting to purchase quality raised pet beds for your kennel, the PetCot Company offers a discount for large quantity purchases. We have been serving the kennel community for over 14 years and we hope to serve your kennel soon! Visit our website at www.PetCot.com today! 

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

3 Reasons Why YOU Will Love A PetCot

Buying the right pet bed is an important decision that pet owners need to make. You want something that will last and not need to be replaced often, but also something that your pets will love. Cloth pet beds are a common sighting in pet stores, but they oftentimes cannot withstand the test of time. Not only will your furry friend love our PetCot beds, but you will too! Here are three reasons why you will love our raised pet beds:

1. They Are Durable

Cotton/Cloth pet beds seem like a great purchase at first, but how often do you find yourself rebuying beds because they either smell or somehow get destroyed? If you have a puppy, our durable pet beds are for you! Puppies chew on everything they can fit in their mouths and sometimes that means the corner of their bed. Our beds aren’t just for puppies, though. They are so durable that kennels across the nation use them. The frame is made of strong rust resistant steel tubing, not PVC plastic, which can crack and break. If your dog does manage to dig or chew their way through, we offer affordable, easy to install replacement parts. That’s right, just replace the part – not the whole bed!

2. Easy to Clean

Our beds are easy to clean. Just wipe it down with a cloth or hose with soap and water or safe disinfectant. No more washer or dryers to clean dog beds! The woven, vinyl-coated polyester fabric is breathable, will not puddle water and dries quickly and odor-free. Potty training a puppy can sometimes take a toll on their pet beds. With our easy to clean pet bed, just spray it down and wipe it clean. If you keep it outside, you won’t have to worry about rain or muddy paws ruining their favorite bed.

3. They Will Love it!

Our pet beds aren’t just loved by people; they are dog approved too! (Just read our blog on why your dog wants a PetCot.) Our elevated pet bed keeps pooches away from excessive cold, heat, moisture and pests. They will appreciate being off the ground and kept cool on warm days. Older dogs will appreciate that it is only raised 4 ½ inches, which is enough elevation for a flexible bend, but low enough to make it easy for them to get on and off. Other cot-style beds on the market are set at a much higher elevation, making it harder for older dogs to get on and off. Your dog will love that they have a comfortable place to sleep no matter the temperature. We also have a comfortable padding you can purchase for your pet to make it even more relaxing for them.

Buy The Bed Your Pet Will Love!

Your dog will love our premium pet beds, and you will too! PetCot beds come in a variety of different sizes and colors to fit any size dog and d├ęcor. Used by pet owners, kennels, and veterinarians across the nation, this unique raised dog bed is loved by all! Are you ready to make one of the best investments in your dog’s life? Visit our website to learn more about the PetCot Company and make your purchase today!

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Easy Exercises For Your Pet

As the evenings start to cool off, it's time to get your pet (and you!) out for some much-needed exercise! Throughout the summer, it's easy to postpone exercise because the temperatures are so warm, but your pet needs exercise just as much as you do, and now is a great time to do it. Remember that it's always best to consult your pet's veterinarian when beginning any type of weight loss or exercise program. They will be aware of your pet's health issues and if there are certain activities that might be too much for them. Here are a few ways to get your furry friend out and about so they can feel happy and healthy!


If you and your dog are wanting to take up running, it can be a great activity for both of you. It can be a bit like multi-tasking though, because you'll not only be watching where you're going, but also making sure you don't trip over your four legged friend. This activity will increase stamina and strengthen muscles in both of you, which makes it a really great choice.


This is a more challenging activity, but if your pet loves a good physical challenge, as well as a mental, this would be perfect. This game is similar to a human relay race and it involves four hurdles. At the end of the hurdles, there is a box with tennis balls, and the dog has to step on the box to release the ball. Now he has to carry the ball in his mouth back to the beginning, over the hurdles, and cross the finish line. In an official game, the next dog would then go, and the fastest team would win!


While every dog isn't a tracking breed, they all have a fantastic sense of smell, and the sport of tracking can be fun for both of you. While this is a competitive event, you can do it on your own by laying a scent trail before you want to do it, and once the trail has "aged" you can begin the work of finding the object at the end of the trail. If you have property, this can be a great way to utilize it, and if you can kids, you can set the trail up and send the dog and your kids out on an adventure!


This is a pretty obvious game, and way of exercise for your pet, but it really does involve some training if they've never done it. This can be fun for both of you, as you teach your dog how to fetch, and then send him running off to catch the ball or stick.


If you have multiple pets, sometimes exercise can be as easy as letting them both out in the yard at the same time. They can roll around and play to their hearts content until they are worn out and ready to relax.

Caring For Your Pet Beginning to End

Once your furry friend has gotten a good dose of fresh air and exercise, you may be surprised at how calm they are in the evening! Not only is exercise good for their weight, but it's good for their brain and it can improve their relaxation time. Of course, once they've come in from a good hard workout, they're going to want to find a comfortable, cool place to relax, and that's where a PetCot comes in handy! Our premium pet beds are ideal for your dog because they are extremely comfortable, as well as help keep them cool because they are up off of the floor. Give your pet the best raised pet bed around, and see how much they love to relax on our premium raised pet beds!

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Safe & Unsafe Foods For Fido

As we're sure most pet owners can attest, there are always moments where you drop food on the floor, and before you even stop them, your pet has scarfed it down without even chewing. Of course, have you ever considered that some foods aren't actually good for your dog? While many foods are fine for pet consumption, there are a few foods that may surprise you. Here are the green, yellow, and red lights for food that your furry friend can eat!

GREEN - Good to Go!

These are a great snack for your pooch. Bananas are rich in potassium and vitamin C - a great treat.

Did you know that blueberries are high in antioxidants? You can feed them fresh blueberries, or you can bake them into tasty dog treats!

These little green fruits are a great source of vitamin C and potassium.

Are you looking for a cool treat for your pooch? Try freezing some pineapple! 

These are high in fiber and antioxidants - not to mention, tasty!

These are a great snack, especially for the furry friends who needs to lose some weight. They are packed with vitamins K, C, and B1, as well as potassium, copper, magnesium, and biotin - but don't contain many carbohydrates, fats, or oils.

YELLOW - Use Caution

While apples can be a good snack for your pet, you just need to make sure that they don't eat the seeds.

While they are okay to feed your pooch - they may not like the taste!

These fruits are high in natural sugar, so you'll want to make sure and only give them in moderation.

This vegetable is full of fiber and vitamin C, so it makes a great treat for your furry friend. It can contain a potentially harmful ingredient that causes intestinal issues, so keep it as a rare treat.

This can be a great snack, but don't forget that they have a large pit inside of them. This can obviously cause intestinal blockage when eaten hastily.

This is a great treat for your furry friend, especially on warm days! Just don't forget to remove the rind first.

RED - Not Safe For Fido

Do not feed your dog avocados. They can lead to vomiting, and that's no fun for either of you.

This harmless looking fruit can actually cause cyanide poisoning in large quantities. Not to mention, many have pits that can cause intestinal blockage.

Grapes & Raisins
Did you know that grapes can cause kidney failure in some dogs? It's better to be safe than sorry, so keep the table grapes on the table.

Wild mushrooms and store bought mushrooms all carry the possibility of being dangerous to your pup. While there are only 50-100 of the 50,000 mushroom varieties that are poisonous, it's better to be safe than sorry and skip the fungus.

These are definitely on the "no" list. Along with leeks and garlic. They are all in a family that can cause the red blood cells your pets body to rupture, along with vomiting and diarrhea.

We Love Your Pet As Much As You Do

From the food your pet eats to the bed they sleep on, we care about every detail of your pet's life. While you take care of making sure their diet is healthy, we'll take care of making sure their bed is comfy! At the PetCot Company, we have created a raised pet bed that is perfect for any breed or size dog. Our premium pet beds are comfortable, yet also sturdy enough to stand up to the daily wear and tear. Visit our website to see the sizes and colors we have available and help your pet sleep comfy today!

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

A Pet Bed That Lasts Through the Ages

If you're like the typical pet owner, you've probably owned quite a few pet beds over the years. There was the "puppy" bed, the "after puppy destroyed his puppy bed" bed, the "really old middle aged dog" bed, followed by the "comfortable old dog" bed. Through the life of just one furry friend you can go through several different beds, and that doesn't even account for the multiple beds you had to buy for your puppy because he really destroyed more than one in those puppy years.

At the PetCot Company, we have created ONE bed that lasts through every age of your four-legged friend so that you can not only save some time but LOTS of money. Here are the ways our premium pet bed can last your dog through the ages.

Puppy Years

Our raised pet beds come in many sizes, and if you don't know how large your little guy will grow to be, we can help you choose a size that will be perfect for them to grow into. Of course, as a puppy parent, we know that the size isn't one of your largest concerns when choosing a bed for your little charge. There are two things that set a puppy apart from every other dog age, their need to chew through everything, and accidentally pee on everything.

When looking for a puppy pet bed, you can be assured that our beds are perfect because not only are they extremely sturdy, and able to stand up to those razor sharp teeth, but if you really doubt our bed's ability to stand up to your pup, we sell chew guards and replacement parts. Our beds are also waterproof, so when your pup accidentally leaks on their bed, you can wipe it up, clean it off, and you're done. You don't have to throw this bed in the washer and then try to re-fluff it to its original shape.

Middle Ages

After your PetCot pet bed has survived the puppy years, it easily lasts through the middle ages of your dog. It's a comfortable place to lay down and relax after a day at the park, while still just as easy to clean - and it doesn't absorb odors. We have small to large sizes, so no matter what size your middle aged dog is, you can find a size that will fit them perfectly. Our raised pet beds sit 4.5" off the floor so that there is plenty of air circulation on a warm day and so they will also be suspended enough off the ground to support their joints.

One of the best details about this bed for your middle aged dog is that you can use them indoors and out. Whether you're taking your four-legged friend camping or sitting at home watching TV after a long day, the same pet bed can accompany you and your pet.

Senior Dogs

When your dog has reached his senior years, there are a few health conditions to be aware of. Many older dogs need extra support on their achy joints, which is why we've created an orthopedic dog bed insert and fleece cover for your pooch. This accessory takes an amazing pet bed and makes it even better for this stage of your dog. The fact that our beds are also easy to clean and waterproof comes in handy again as your dog may experience incontinence.

Best Raised Pet Beds

From the puppy years to the senior years, you can see that our pet beds are perfect for your pup! We are proud to provide you with a pet bed that will last through the ages and is built to last. Of course, if something should happen and your puppy is harder on your bed than you anticipated, you can find replacement parts so your bed will be as good as new. Visit our website to see the different sizes and colors that are available!

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Four Commands Your Puppy Should Learn

You've made the bold new step for your family by adding one more - only this one has four legs instead of two! As cute and furry as this new addition is, they also whine all through the night, have too many accidents on your carpet, and have started chewing up your shoes. It's time to start your new mission: train the puppy.

At The PetCot Company, we know how much of a commitment a new pet can bring to the family, but we also know how much joy and laughter they can bring as well - which makes it all worth it. Here are four commands your puppy should learn right off the bat, and how our PetCot beds can aid you in your mission.


This is generally one of the first things you'll want to train your puppy to do, and it can generally be one of the easiest. You can make it the easiest by holding a treat above their nose and raising it up and  back which should cue your pup to sit naturally without having to push their tush down. As they begin to sit, say the command "sit", and when they do, don't forget to praise them and give them the treat!

As they become familiar with that command, begin saying it before they've completed the action. You'll probably have to complete the process many times, and practice it several times a day for it to become natural.


Teaching your pup how to stay teaches them self-control, and will be an invaluable command as they get older. You can start by showing them a treat and asking them to sit. From there, you will ask them to "stay" and take one step back. If they stay put, you give them a treat and start over. This will be a step by step process - literally! As they become comfortable with one step, you can increase the number of steps until they will stay for long periods of time.

Don't forget to teach them a release command. In many situations you will want your pup to stay until called back to you, so decide on a hand motion and/or verbal command that will signify that they can be released from staying.

You can also use the PetCot bed as a further challenge for staying. Many pet owners use the "place" command to communicate with their dog that they should go to a designated spot (like a PetCot), and then they should stay until released. This is more advanced, though, and should be used after they've mastered the easier commands.


This command is an important one because there are most likely going to be times when you drop their leash, leave the door open too long, etc. Start by putting their leash on them, and when you say "come" give the leash a little tug so they will come. You can then reward them for their obedience and then try it all over again.


This command can be invaluable since puppies are generally very curious. While you may be able to control your pup while they are small, as they grow up and get larger, you won't be able to control them as easily when they try to eat something they shouldn't, chase after squirrels, or even try to dig around in the trash. Teaching your pup to "leave it" can be a little more of a challenge for them, but there are some great Youtube videos to give you a head start.

Give Your Pup a Place

Every new furry friend needs a place that they can call their own. While it may start out as a kennel, eventually you'll probably upgrade them to a "toddler bed" - like a PetCot! Our premium pet beds are ideal for providing a place for your pet to call their own, and a perfect spot to relax after a day of training! Visit our website to learn more about the sizes and colors available, and if you don't know what size you need, check out our past blog: Which PetCot Is the Right Size for YOUR Pet?

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