Monday, November 28, 2016

5 Tips to Take Perfect Pet Photos for Christmas

As the holiday season approaches, there are going to be many moments where you'll want to take pictures with your pet. Of course, if you've ever tried to take a staged photo of your pet you've probably realized that it can be a bit challenging. Here at The PetCot Company, there's nothing we love more than photos of your favorite furry friend, so we've got a few tips to help make them easier to capture.


Keep Distractions to a Minimum

To get the best photos of your furry friend, you'll want to keep distractions from being, well, distracting. Find a place to take photos where you pet won't have to work extremely hard on concentrating. Places like the park, around busy roads or events will take away from their focus, making it harder to achieve the photos you want and add stress to the activity.

Try Lifestyle Photos

While a nice posed photo is great every once in a while, try some lifestyle shots, too! Show off your furry friends personality, and the way they interact with you, your children or other pets. It will bring a smile to your face when you look back at the photos and see your pet romping through the leaves!

Watch the Lighting

You'll want to beware of using flash when taking your pets photos. Have you ever used it and noticed they get the green eyed "demon" look? This is caused by the flash, and can be eliminated when you just use the right lighting. Try taking them outside or posing them by a window to help get natural light and show off those pretty eyes!

Grab Their Attention - Appropriately

With many pets, if you call their name to get their attention, they end up bounding towards you - which isn't convenient when you have them posed for their photo. Try using a toy that squeaks or clapping your hands to get their attention without making it sound like you want them to "come."

Keep it Short and Sweet

Finally, keep it short and don't wear your furry friend out too much. It's hard enough for humans to sit still for a photo for long periods of time, much less your pet. Don't forget to be patient, as well. While your pet loves to please you, they don't always know exactly what you want. When they aren't cooperating they could just be feeding off of your anxiety to make everything work. Try getting in the photos, rolling around with your pet, and realize that they will be perfect no matter what.

Christmas Time!

While you're making plans for Christmas cards, don't forget to start planning your pet's Christmas wish list! We're sure if you asked them, a raised pet bed would be at the top of the list! It's a comfortable bed that is perfect for young and old alike, while also being easy to clean and store - which you will like! Visit our website to see the sizes and fabric patterns for your premium raised dog bed. This is one gift that keeps on giving!

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Friday, November 25, 2016

The Care and Keeping of Your PetCot

Have you ever purchased a pillow bed for your pet, only to realize a few weeks down the road that you can hardly bare to touch it? You’re not alone if you feel like your dogs bed gets absolutely filthy, but now the question is, how are you going to clean it? Imagine being able to just spray it with a mild cleaner and wipe it off! That’s exactly what you can do with a PetCot raised pet bed - it’s simply that easy.

The PetCot Company wanted to make a bed that was not only pet friendly but owner friendly as well. This is why our beds are extremely comfortable, but sleek in design and VERY easy to clean. Here are a few ways you can care for your PetCot bed appropriately, and how we continue to help you long after you’ve bought your bed.

Caring & Cleaning

No more washer or dryers to clean dog beds! Woven, vinyl-coated polyester fabric is breathable, will not puddle water and dries quickly and odor-free. It's durable and breathable, and provides dogs with a healthy, cool environment. 

If you only need to achieve a quick clean, you can turn the bed on it's side to dump any hair or dirt off. The woven vinyl also gives you the ability to easily sweep it off. If you're looking for a deeper clean, you can hose it off and use a mild cleaner or disinfectant to remove germs and bacteria.

The best part is, the PetCot won't need cleaned as much as an ordinary pet bed anyway! The sleek design means that you aren't providing a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. You can go longer in between cleanings, and when you do have to clean its VERY easy.

Replacement Parts

While our beds are extremely sturdy and made to last, there are occasionally a few times where a pet owner may find that something on their pet bed has broken. Thankfully, we sell all of the replacement parts on our website so you can have your bed back up and running in no time - or should we say "laying down and sleeping"? ;)

The Best Elevated Dog Bed

At the PetCot Company, we take pride in the products that we provide for your family - specifically your furry family. Our pet beds are comfortable, sturdy, easy to clean, and the favorite pet bed in many homes. If you are ready to take the next step to having the best pet bed, visit our website to learn more. Also, don't forget that for Small Business Saturday (November 26th) you can get 10% off of the purchase of your pet bed. Don't delay, this offer is ONLY good on November 26th!

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Choosing the Right PetCot Size for Your Pet

The PetCot company has been providing quality raised dog beds to families and their furry friends since 2001. We have created a bed that not only looks nice in your home, but is also comfortable, hygienic, and better for your pet than the other beds on the market. Of course, when you're ready to purchase your elevated pet bed, there are a few important decisions you'll have to make, and one of the most important is choosing a bed size for your pet.

Depending on the size of your pet, you'll want to choose a bed that is large enough for them to spread out, but not so large that it's too big for your space. Here are a few ways you can pick out the right bed for your dog.

Small PetCot Bed

The PetCot raised dog bed provides optimal comfort and support for your dog while not providing a breeding ground for bacteria and odor found in the popular clumpy pillow pet beds. Do you have a small pup or even a cat? The small raised pet bed is perfect for these breeds:

Most Cats, Yorkies, Chihuahuas, Pomeranians, Maltese, Papillons, Fat Cats (you know who you are), Shih Tzus, Pugs, Dachshunds, Poodles, Boston Terriers, Miniture Pinschers, Bichons Frises, West Highland Terriers, French Bulldog, Lhasa Apsos, Havanese, Pekingese, Chinese Cresteds, Brussels Griffons.

Medium PetCot Bed

The medium PetCot raised dog bed is perfect for medium-sized breeds and it provides optimal comfort and support for your dog. No need to worry about the breeding ground for bacteria and odor found in the traditional clumpy pillow dog beds. Here are a few breeds that would fit well on a medium PetCot bed.

Beagles, Miniature Schnauzers, Shetland Sheepdogs, Cavalier King Charles, Scottish Terriers, Cairn Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Boxers, Bull Dogs, Cocker Spaniels, Welsh Corgis, Bassett Hounds, English Springer Spaniels, Australian Shepherds, Sharpeis, Wheaten Terriers, Bull Terriers.

Large PetCot Bed

The PetCot dog bed provides optimal comfort and support for your dog while not providing a breeding ground for bacteria and odor found in clumpy pillow beds. Do you have one of these breeds? They would LOVE a large PetCot bed!

Boxers, Bull Dogs, Cocker Spaniels, Welsh Corgis, Bassett Hounds, English Springer Spaniels, Australian Shepherds, Sharpeis, Wheaten Terriers, Bull Terriers

Extra Large PetCot Bed

The Extra Large PetCot bed is perfect for your large, lovable hound. A large dog needs plenty of support, and a bed that will keep their joints in good condition - that's exactly what you'll find in a PetCot bed. Do you have a large breed dog? This bed would be perfect!

Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, Siberian Huskies, Weimaraners, Collies, Vizslas, Airedale Terriers, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Standard Poodles, Border Collies, Chow Chows, Alaskan Malamutes, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Great Danes, Old English Sheepdogs, St. Bernards, Weimaraners


Keeping Your Pet Comfy

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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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Easy Recipes for Your Pets

If your pet is a treat addict, like ours, then we're sure you know how many treats one furry friend can go through in a short amount of time! Those four legged friends are even more sneaky when they figure out they get treats for good behavior and then repeat the good behavior over and over and over. One way you can treat your pup to something special, is by making homemade treats! Here are a few recipes that are sure to make your pup go bananas!

Banana Pup Pops
Photo Credit: BitzNGiggles.com

A creamy, homemade popsicle that your dog will love! Delicious and good for them too!
Recipe from: BitzNGiggles

Ingredients1 cup plain yogurt
1 banana (chopped into pieces)
1 tablespoon peanut butter

InstructionsPut all ingredients into food processor or blender and mix until well-combined and smooth.
Divide the mixture into four paper cups.
Position a rawhide stick into the middle of the cup.
Place the cups in the freezer for at least 4 hours.
Peel the paper cup away from the pop and let your pup enjoy!




Photo Credit: BakingMischief.com

Carrot Oat Applesauce Treats for Dogs

Recipe from: Baking Mischief

Ingredients1/2 cup oats (quick for dogs, quick, steel-cut or old-fashioned are fine for horses)
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup (about 1 large) carrot, finely grated
1/2 cup flour

InstructionsPreheat the oven to 350 degrees F. and cover a baking tray with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
Mix all four ingredients in a medium bowl.
Use a tablespoon to drop clumps of the mixture onto the baking tray. Shape if you wish.*
Bake for 18-20 minutes until the treats are set.

Photo Credit: SkinnyMs.com

DIY Doggy Breath Mints


Recipe from: Skinny Ms.

Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats,
1/2 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
1/2 cup fresh mint, finely chopped
1 large egg (see tip below for dogs with allergies to chicken products)
1/4 cup of water, plus 1 teaspoon
3 tablespoons coconut oil (unrefined extra-virgin is best)

Instructions:Preheat the oven to 325° F
Add oats to a blender and pulse to a flour like consistency. In a large bowl whisk together diced parsley and mint, egg, water, and oil. Add oat flour and stir to combine. Knead dough a few times then turn out onto a lightly floured surface.
Using your hands or a rolling pin, flatten dough to about 1/8″ thick. Using a cookie cutter or knife cut out approximately 40 (1-inch mints) mints. Place mints about 1/4-inch apart on a parchment lined or non-stick cookie sheet. Bake 35-40 minutes, or until golden and crispy.
Allow mints to cool completely before serving. Store in an airtight container.
Tip: For dogs with allergies to chicken products, substitute one large egg with 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce.

Caring For Your Pets

We know that you will bend over backward for your sweet, furry friend, and that's why we make it a point to not only provide you with helpful information, but also the best elevated pet bed. As you care for your pet, we know that one of the most important parts is that they have a great place to rest and relax - which is where our premium pet bed comes in. Our raised dog bed sits 4.5" off of the floor, which is low enough for your pet to easily get on and off, but also high enough that there is plenty of air flow. If you're ready to see what a difference a PetCot can make in your life, visit our website: www.PetCot.com!

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Monday, October 31, 2016

5 Ways to Keep Your Pet Safe During Halloween

It's almost time to take your furry fiend out and scare the kids into giving you candy! If your one of the many people who takes their pet trick-or-treating, it can be a blast for the whole family. At the PetCot Company, we care about your pet from the type of premium pet bed they sleep on, to their extracurricular activities! Here are a few things to keep in mind so that your pet is kept safe through the holiday festivities.


Candy Is Not for Pets

It goes without saying that candy and pets don't mix, and really should ever mix. All forms of chocolate are poisonous to dogs and cats alike, possibly causing diarrhea, vomiting, increased heart rate or even seizures. Keep all of the candy up out of reach from the pets from the beginning of the holiday to the end.

Keep Pets Away From the Door

The whole evening you will have strangers coming up to your door, which is terrifying enough for many pets, but then to have them dressed in costume too - it may just be too much for them. If possible, keep your pets away from the door. If you have an entry way that can be gated off, you can keep them away you can keep them in a closed off room with you when you're not answering the door.

Only Dress Them Up If They Like It

Some pets don't like to be dressed up, in costume so it is always best to remain flexible in case they really can't stand it. If you are determined to get them dressed up, make sure you start several days in advance to get them used to the feeling of the costume.

Keep Your Pets Indoors

If you have a black cat, this is especially true. Pranksters have been known to snatch up unsuspecting pets, especially the outdoor ones, for their own version of "trick-or-treat." Don't let your pet become a victim to them, and keep your pets put up for a few days around the holiday to make sure nothing happens.

Snap a Recent Shot

Finally, take a recent photograph of your pet, and make sure that their name tag has been updated. Just in case something should happen and they escape, it will be helpful to have this information on hand.

PetCot Cares About Pet Safety

Any holiday can be a bit surprising to your pet because the routines change and sometimes involve things they aren't as comfortable with. Take some time to love on your pet during a holiday weekend, and don't forget to create a safe place for them to retreat to when they need a break. You can put their favorite raised pet bed within easy access, as well as any blankets or toys that they love. If you haven't purchased a PetCot, don't delay! Our beds are premium dog beds, and loved by the pets and their owners alike. Happy Halloween from the PetCot Company!

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Caring For Your Feline on Cat Day

Here at the PetCot Company, we love all furry friends - from fun-loving pups to friendly felines and they ALL love PetCots. While we primarily spend our time talking about dogs, today we wanted to talk about your favorite feline, and ways to care for them. It is Cat Day after all, so there's no better way to celebrate than by learning the best ways to care for your cat whether they are a new addition, or you've had them for years.

Choose the Right Identification

When you bring your new feline home, there are a few things you'll want to do right away. The fist is to get them a breakaway collar with an easy to read ID that includes your names, address and telephone number. Should anything happen to your kitty, you'll want someone to easily be able to get in touch with you.

Find a Good Veterinarian

Your little feline will need plenty of regular check-ups and vaccinations so you'll want to find a good vet from the start. Medical care is as essential for your cat as it is for you. If you already have dogs or cats at home, you'll want to make sure they are up to date on all of their shots as well before bringing home a new cat.

Find the Right Bug Prevention

Fleas and ticks are quite common in all pets, big or small, especially if they spend any time outside. Once one gets them, the rest of your pets will as well, so you'll want to make sure that you have the appropriate medication for them.

Groom Your Cat

All cats will need a form of grooming, whether they have long or short hair. You can get special cat brushes to keep their hair in good condition. It's also good for their skin condition, to prevent matting, and reduce shedding and hairballs. You should also keep their claws trimmed to keep them from growing into their paws.

Playing & Purring

Your cat may entertain itself, but many felines still love to have occasional bonding through physical and mental stimulation. There are special toys you can get, as well as scratching posts to distract them from your household furniture.You don't even have to find special toys, sometimes even a ping pong ball and paper bags can provide hours of entertainment.

Provide Basic Training

Basic training will ensure that everyone gets along peacefully. While many cats do have their own opinion about the way things should be done, you do want to set a few boundaries. Use a positive approach to teach your cat not to scratch the couch - or people, eat plants, or jump up on the counter tops. You will also want to reinforce housetraining with their litter box if they didn't already know this when you got them.

Don't Forget a Luxury Cat Bed

Did you know that cats love our PetCot beds just as much as pups? The vinyl design makes it more challenging to scratch and tear than other cat beds, and even if they do manage to scratch it to pieces, there are easy replacement parts for your PetCot! Visit our website to learn more about our premium pet beds, and don't forget to give your cute kitty a big hug for Cat Day!


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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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