Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Tips to Keep Your Canine Fit and Healthy!

Did you know that roughly 53 percent of pet dogs in the U.S. are overweight? Excess weight can lead to a number of health problems in your dog, and even cut their lifespan short. Sad, but true. Physical fitness and maintaining a healthy body weight is just as important for dogs as it is for humans. Since April is Canine Fitness Month, the PetCot Company is sharing some ways to help keep your dog fit and healthy!


Provide a Healthy Balanced Diet

Every dog, just like every human, is different and requires special care and attention to their diet. To determine what type of diet your dog should be on, have a discussion with your veterinarian. They can tell you how much food you should be feeding your dog during mealtimes and recommend what types of foods to feed for your dog's optimal health. Do not free feed! While this may seem like the easiest way to feed your pooch, it can cause weight gain, and makes it harder to keep track of your dog's consumption. Instead, feed your dog 2-3 times per day at the same time each day in measured amounts.

Exercise Your Pooch Regularly

It's easy for an inside dog to get comfortable with laying around all day and become chubby, just as it is for humans. Your dog should be getting at least 30 minutes of exercise a day, but one to two hours a day is a good average. Not every dog requires vigorous exercise, so take into consideration your dog's age, breed, and overall health when coming up with an exercise routine for your pup. Even if it's just taking your dog for a walk every day, make sure to get out and get your dog the exercise they need to stay healthy.


Ensure Your Pup is Getting Enough Rest

Just like we do, dogs require a good night's sleep for a healthy lifestyle. Studies have shown that sleep deprivation in dogs can lead to the buildup of stress hormones that can cause aggression and other misbehavior. During deep sleep, a hormone called melatonin is released, which helps to protect cells and improve the immune system. So if your dog isn't getting enough sleep, it can be detrimental to his or her overall well-being. To give your dog the best chance for a great night's sleep, get them a premier raised dog bed to ensure that they sleep comfortably and wake up rested.


While the month of April is almost over, and Canine Fitness Month is coming to a close, the PetCot Company wants to stress the importance of using these tips everyday to enhance your pet's quality of life. As stated previously, a healthy amount of sleep is a crucial part of your dog's health. So make sure your pet is comfortable while sleeping by getting them a premium raised dog bed. Petcot raised dog beds come in three sizes so they work for dogs of all breeds and sizes. We even offer a raised pet bed for dogs with incontinence. Replacement parts, fleece covers, and orthopedic inserts are available as well. Visit our website today to order your PetCot raised dog bed today - and enjoy the many years to come with your healthy happy pooch!

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Friday, April 21, 2017

April 23rd is Lost Dog Awareness Day!

This April 23rd marks the 4th annual National Lost Dog Awareness Day - So in an effort to help raise awareness of this very important date, we've decided to write a blog about it! Did you know that many of the stray dogs picked up and taken to shelters are lost pets who got out of their yard or home, and don't have proper identity to determine who or where they belong to? In honor of Lost Dog Awareness Day, the PetCot Company has some helpful tips to prevent your dog from becoming another statistic at the shelter, and to help your dog find his/her way back home to you:


Take Proper Preventative Measures

  • Walk your fenced area regularly to check for weak spots and holes. Fix any problem areas you find immediately. Get your dog acquainted with the yard and areas they are approved to be in. Teach them any "no-no" areas by constantly reminding them to stay away with positive reinforcement and redirection.  
  • Spend extra time training them to sit and stay. Until they have those tricks down and you can trust them to listen, you may need to kennel them or put them in a different room when you are leaving so they don't try to follow you out the door. 
  • Get your dog microchipped, and make sure to update your contact information when it changes. Make sure to also have a durable and legible name/contact tag on your dog's collar so people know how to get ahold of you if they find your pup running about. 

Follow These Tips When Your Dog Gets Out

  • Put food and water out where the dog was last seen. You can also put their favorite bed or blanket out so if they happen to wander by they'll catch a familiar scent and be encouraged to come back home on their own. 
  • Post pictures and contact information on social media and make up flyers to go door-to-door with. Neighbors in the area can be a great source for help in these situations. They can keep an eye out and if they see your dog running around, if they know he's gone missing, they can bring him back home to you or call you to pick him up. 
  • Contact your local shelter or animal control, vet clinics and police department to see if they've had any calls about a stray dog running loose or if anyone has brought your dog in. Leave your contact information with them so they can contact you if/when your dog has been found. 
  • If you've put together a "search team", instruct everyone helping out to not chase your dog if they find him. By chasing the dog, it may frighten them or they may think it's a game, prolonging the search efforts. Have them sit down calmly, call to the dog, and throw treats to entice him to come if possible - then REWARD him greatly with love and affection when he does!

The PetCot Company hopes that your dog never decides to take a stroll down the road without you. However, in the event that your pooch has a tendency to walk on the wild side every now and then, we hope these tips will help you keep your dog safe and at home where it belongs. One of the best ways we can suggest keeping your dog from getting bored and wandering off is to provide them with toys to keep them entertained, and a nice cozy place to sleep that they won't want to leave. If you're in need of a comfy bed for your beloved pup, visit our website to check out our premium raised dog beds that your furbabies are sure to love and want to come back to every night!

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

HEY - It's National Pet Day!

Did you know that today is National Pet Day? Of course, The PetCot Company is excited to have another reason to celebrate the fur babies in our lives! National Pet Day was founded in 2006 by Animal Welfare Advocate Colleen Paige, to celebrate the joy pets bring to our lives and to create public awareness of many different kinds of animals awaiting a forever home in shelters and rescues all around the globe.

While we show our pets love and affection every day, National Pet Day is all about giving special recognition to those who may not have the luxury of a loving caring home or family. So, in honor of this very special day, The PetCot Company has decided to help you out with ways to celebrate the fur babies in your home and your community!

9 Purrfect Ways to Celebrate National Pet Day: 

  1. Adopt a pet from your local shelter or pure breed rescue organization.
  2. Volunteer at your local shelter and offer to care for the animals.
  3. Donate raised dog beds, food, toys and other supplies to a favorite animal welfare organization.
  4. Organize a peaceful demonstration in front of your community pet store to educate on the importance of adopting from local shelters.
  5. Have a National Pet Day party and celebrate all your pets!
  6. Spend the day taking photos of your pets and then post them on our Facebook page! 
  7. Assist an ill, elderly or a financially struggling neighbor or friend by purchasing pet food, hay or needed items for their pets.
  8. Buy your pet a fun new toy... or two... or five. 
  9. Hire a professional pet photographer for a fun photo shoot.
Just remember while your pets may be well cared for and loved, there are pets out there who are still waiting for their chance to shine. Whether the case may be they're in a shelter awaiting their fur-ever home, or their human companion is unable to care for them due to health issues or other unavoidable factors, today is all about helping out orphaned pet companions to improve their health and improve their opportunities for adoption.


Celebrate this important holiday at home giving your pets a little extra pampering or out in your community spreading the word of needy pets and how to make a difference. Your efforts to educate and bring awareness to this cause will be appreciated and won't go unnoticed. If you'd like to donate supplies to your local shelter, we've got great products that shelters would love to have - such as a raised dog bed or waterproof crate pads. Visit our website today to get your donation items ordered!

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

4 Pup-tastic Ways to Include Your Fur Baby in Easter Celebrations!

Everyone enjoys celebrating the holidays. We do so in many ways - whether it's dressing in our best, gift-giving, enjoying a meal with family and friends, there's always some way to celebrate any holiday. With Easter quickly approaching, The PetCot Company wants to share some fun pet-friendly ways to include your fur-babies in on this upcoming celebration! Here's what you can do to include your favorite fuzz ball on Easter Sunday:


Make your Fur Baby an Easter Basket

Pets enjoy getting new things just as much (if not more) than we do. Don't forget your furry friend when you're picking up stuff for the kid's Easter baskets. Include some tasty treats, new chew toys, a new clean collar, and a shiny new name tag. Since spring is here and you're already working on your spring cleaning, now is also a great time to buy them a new comfortable raised dog bed to go with their goodies!


Create an "Easter Egg Hunt" just for them

Give a dog a bone, he'll chew on it for days. Hide dog treats throughout the house and yard and send them on a hunt, and you'll create an entertaining experience for them that the whole family can enjoy and laugh about. This is a great way for the kiddos to get involved in helping out with Easter as well - let them hide the treats. This will keep them busy while you're prepping dinner and entertaining guests. Your dog will love finding treats around every corner and will likely help you come up with new hiding spots to use next year too. Make sure to have your camera on hand, because you're sure to have some hilarious moments you'll want to capture!

Prepare them a Special Meal to Enjoy with the Family

One of the best parts about a family get-together for Easter is getting to spend time together around the dinner table. Your pet wants to be a part of these special moments too. While it's not ideal for them to sit at your guest's feet and beg for scraps, you can definitely include them in this special occasion by preparing them their own fancy Easter dinner nearby so they feel included. If you typically feed dry food only, spice it up with some wet food and sprinkle some tasty treats on top. Your precious pet will adore your efforts to include them in your special family meal.

Dress them in their Sunday Best

Who doesn't love a freshly bathed dog in bows?! ADORABLE! If you're looking fabulous in your Sunday best, so should your pet. Give them a bath and comb their hair so they smell nice and look great for company. Pick out a cute bow or bandanna to match your outfit so you and your furry friend match. If your pooch is cool with it, you can even go to the extremes and deck them out in a full Easter outfit - complete with bunny ears! It will make for some super adorable family photos.

There you go! With these fun-filled ideas from the PetCot Company, your love pug will feel adored and included on Easter Sunday. You'll get some great pictures to share for years to come, and you'll likely get showered with love and affection from your fur baby. For your pet's Easter basket essentials, visit our website today for a premium raised pet bed and other pet supplies!
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Thursday, March 30, 2017

The First 30 Days With Your Adopted Dog

At the PetCot Company, we love to hear all of the happy stories that come about when a family opens their home to a pet in need. This can be a big change for your family, though, especially when you get an older dog who may need some correctional training or extra special love after a less than ideal situation. Because we care about you and your pet, we have a few tips to help make the first month with your furry friend an easy transition.


Decide Your Commands

It's important to decide on the commands that you want to use with your new dog and make sure the entire household knows what they are and how to use them. You want your new dog to adapt to their home, know who is the boss, and keep some continuity. This can all be achieved when everyone is using the same commands, and everyone is training together. Even with young children in the house, it's important to make sure that they know how to work with your new family member, and what is appropriate for interaction.

Keep Calm

It's important to keep your home calm when you bring your new pet into the home. While many new owners know the background of their new four-legged friend - there are many who know nothing at all. If your new dog was picked up off of the street, there is a lot of history that you do not know. By keeping everything calm in the new environment, you can help keep stimulation at a minimum. Your new dog may have reactions to situations that are unexpected because of previous "training" and when you keep a calm demeanor, you can help your dog work through those reactions.

Create a Schedule

It's important to incorporate your pet into their new life and their new schedule. Stick to the same schedule every day when it comes to feeding and exercise. When your dog knows what's expected of them during certain times of the day it can create a safe environment for him to relax and enjoy.

Work With a Trainer

Don't be afraid to hire a trainer or at the very least work closely with your vet. When you first bring your dog home, they may still be shy and timid. They may not know how to react to situations, and they make overreact in some instances. By having professionals working closely with you and your pet, they can help you overcome hurdles that you may find at the very beginning, or that may surface months later as they get acclimated and you get to know them better.

Give Them a Space

Finally, it's important to give your new dog a space that they can call their own. It's important, especially in a busy household, that your dog has a spot that they can go to where they aren't required to interact. They can sleep, relax, watch you play, and have a safe spot to do all of those things. Our raised pet bed is ideal for your new pet because it gives them a space to call their own. You can customize it with a blanket of their very own, putting a few toys on it, and before you know it - they will love it. The best part is, our premium pet beds are easy to clean, do not harbor bacteria, and will grow with your pet whether you got them at a young age or you got an older dog.


Welcome Home!

We are so excited that you've opened your home to your new family member. There may be a lot of new changes for everyone in the next few weeks, and it's important to have all of the tools you need from the beginning. When you bring your new dog home, introducing them to their new PetCot is a great way to welcome them to their new space. Visit our website today to find the perfect size and color, and give Fido some love from the entire PetCot Company.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

All About Puppies!

Roly, poly puppies can make any day immediately improved. Their funny attitude towards life, their sense of adventure, and their love of cuddling are just a few reasons we love them so much. March 23rd is Puppy Day, and here at PetCot, can't think of a better way to celebrate than by sharing a few fun facts about these lovable balls of fur.


The Humane Society Animal League for Life claims that there are at least 70,000 puppies born in the U.S. every single day!

Like humans, puppies aren't born with teeth, however, they also aren't born with hearing, vision, or the sense of smell. They tend to open their eyes and begin to hear around two weeks, and their sense of smell comes in around three weeks.

Did you know that a puppy needs between 15-20 hours of sleep a day?

When a puppy is first born, they spend 90% of their day sleeping and the other 10% eating - sounds like a pretty amazing life to us!

Did you know that a dog's smell is 10,000 to 100,000 times better than a human's? It may not start until their three weeks old, but when they can start to smell, it makes up for it!

Because puppies are in the womb with and born with other puppies, they have a need for constant companionship, otherwise, they'll get lonely. 

By the time your puppy reaches the age of one, they are considered an adult. In human years, this is the physical equivalent of being 15 years old.

5 Commands Your Puppy Should Learn

Come

You'll want your pup to learn how to come when you call to them on the first command.

Heel

This means that your pup should learn how to walk next to you and keep stride. Stopping when you stop, walking when you walk, and not walking ahead or behind you.

Sit

Whether you're cooking in the kitchen and don't want your dog under foot or you're at the park and you've stopped to talk with someone - the sit command is one of the first and most basic commands your pup should learn.

Stay

This command can be vital, especially when your pup gets into situations where they need to stay in one place. Start training them when they are young, and do it in a quiet place where they can focus.

Lay Down

Teaching your puppy to lay down teaches them to settle into a spot that you've directed them towards. It's also the first step in teaching them fun tricks, like roll over.

Celebrating Puppies

If you're celebrating puppy day by bringing a new pup home - we're so excited for you! There are many fun-filled days ahead - but also plenty of training days, and you'll need the right tools to get you started. If you haven't picked out a pet bed for your new puppy, we would love for you to consider our raised pet bed. It's a great place to let your puppy relax, and to give them a spot to call their own. Not to mention, our puppy beds are great because they are easy to clean if they have accidents and resistant to chewing with our special chew guards. Visit our website to learn more about our premium raised dog beds for Puppy Day!

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Pamper Your Pooch's Paws

If you have ever enjoyed getting a pedicure, or even just kicking your feet up to relax, don't forget that your dog would probably love a little TLC on their feet as well. From walking on the hot ground to stepping on ice cold sidewalks, your furry friend experiences a lot of different temperatures without the benefit of shoes, and generally without any paw care at all. Here at PetCot, we know how important it is to care for every aspect of your pet, including their paws. Here are a few ways you can keep their feet groomed and cared for.


Puppy Pedicure

Even your pup needs a pedicure every once in a while. If their nails click on the floor, they could also be getting snagged on the floor. Check with our vet or groomer to learn which type of nail trimmer would be the best for your dog, and ask how far to trim them. Or you can take them to the groomer and let the professionals handle it.

Check Between Their Toes

The area between your pup's toes is famous for getting things lodged between them. From foxtails and pebbles to even small bits of glass - you never know what you may find in there. Make it a point to regularly clean between their toes, and should you find something that doesn't belong, you can use some tweezers to remove it.

Use Moisturizer

The pads on the bottoms of your dog's feet can become cracked and dry if you don't care for them properly. Ask your vet for a good pad moisturizer and use as directed. Make sure you don't use human hand moisturizer, though. This can soften the pads too much and lead to injuries.

Deep Massage

Do you enjoy a good hand massage? That's similar to what a paw massage will feel like to your pup! Take some time and relax your dog, as well as improve circulation by rubbing their paws. Get in between each pad on the bottom of their paw - they will love the extra attention!

Be Careful With New Exercises

If you want to start a new exercise with your pup, be sure that you start out slow and steady. With fast-paced exercises that are brought on quickly, their paws may become sensitive, chaffed, or even cracked. This is especially true with long hikes and running.

Paw First Aid

As sad as it may be, it's not uncommon for your poor pup to suffer cuts and other wounds from accidentally stepping on glass, debris, and other sharp objects. If a wound is small, you can clean it with an antibacterial wash and cover it with a dog bootie. If it's deeper, you'll want to visit your vet.

Summer and Winter Care

In the summer the ground can be so hot that your poor pet can get blisters and burns from the pavement, yet in the winter, the extreme cold and salt can cause sores, infection, and blistering. No matter what season your pet is stepping out into, be sure to help them reduce the risk of injury by caring for their paws. Keep them clean when they come inside to wash off any chemicals and you can even get them some little boots to keep their feet protected.

Proactive Pooch Protection

It's always better to think ahead and prepare for your pet to stay safe than to try to take care of it after the damage has been done. Their paws are only one aspect - don't forget their joints and hygiene. Did you know that a pillow bed for your pet is not only NOT supportive of their joints, but it can also harbor bacteria and pests? Protect your pet with a premium pet bed! Our raised dog bed keeps them from laying on the hard ground, and our easy to clean material means that you won't be inviting pesky pests into your home. Visit our website to learn more about our PetCot raised pet beds, and order yours today!

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