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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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Easy Budgeting Tips For Your Pet Care Costs

You love your fur baby like a child, and you want to give them the best of everything, but that doesn't mean you want to spend every last dime of your hard earned money covering pet expenses. Pets aren't quite as costly as children, but they do have to be properly cared for, and that can be expensive if you're not careful. So if expense is a concern, you have two options: Get a pet rock, or carefully budget your pet's care. Here are some easy tips for saving a few bucks on pet care costs.


Adopt From Your Local Shelter
Buying a purebred pooch from a pet store or breeder can be very costly, ranging anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars. But adopting from an animal shelter or pet rescue, your adoption fee may only be just $75 to $150. Not only will you be helping a pet in need, but most shelters spay or neuter and de-worm and vaccinate the animals prior to adoption, which saves you money on those costs.

Make a Trade for Pet Services
Do you have a friend that would willingly watch your beloved pooch while you've got to be out of town in exchange for a batch of your famous ooey gooey butter cookies? Take advantage of that easy trade for saving money on pet services! You can exchange just about anything for pet services (accounting, house cleaning, dental care), so play to your strengths. What you get in return can range from walking your dog a few times a week, to cleaning your pet's teeth (if your friend's a veterinarian).

Shop Around and Compare Pricing
If you're the least bit frugal, you probably already compare prices before going shopping for yourself. Why not do the same when buying for your pet? When purchasing pet food or litter, buying in bulk can save you big money, especially if you have more than one animal at home. Clip coupons from your local newspaper and look for store specials to maximize your savings. Look into an online or mail order store like for your pet's medications, they are typically are much cheaper since they don't have a retail markup.

Don't Pay To Have It Done, Do It Yourself
Vets and groomers can be expensive. Although you have to take your pet in for check-ups and procedures once in a while, you can learn how to handle some of the everyday care yourself. Daily brushing not only leaves your pet with a shiny, lustrous coat, but it also helps clear away dirt and matted fur. Bathe your dog yourself. It may take some getting used to, but it can save you quite a bit in the long run depending on how often your dog needs bathed. You can also ask your vet or groomer to show you how to clip your dog's nails so you can do that at home too.

Practice Preventative Care
Most pets need to get a check-up about once every six months. If you take good care of your cat or dog, those twice-yearly visits will be enough, and you won't have to spend any extra time and money at the vet's office. Waiting until your pet is already sick can turn a $100 veterinarian visit into a $3,000 trip. Follow your vet's recommendations for check-ups so you can nip any potential health problems in the bud.

Invest in a Durable Pet Bed
Sure, you could go to your local supermarket and pick up one of those super expensive pillow dog beds that only last a few months before you have to toss it and buy a new one... OR you could invest in a pet bed that is lightweight, but also tough enough that kennels and veterinary offices nationwide count on it. That is what you will get with a PetCot bed. They are light enough that you can easily pick them up and move them, but strong enough to handle the weight of even your heaviest dog. Our exclusive cover is heat-sealed seamed, not sewn, and with corner, to corner fabric, you won’t feel weakness in the design. Our premium raised pet beds are known for being durable, which in itself will save you money. But if you have a destructive Duke, you don't have to worry about replacing the entire bed. We offer replacement parts at very affordable prices!


There are many ways to cut down on pet care expenses, but these few ways will get you started down the right path to savings! 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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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

5 Ways to Celebrate National Mutt Day

This coming Monday, July 31st is National Mutt Day, also known as National Mixed Breed Dog Day! This widely celebrated holiday was created in 2005 by Celebrity Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert and Animal Welfare Advocate, Colleen Paige. National Mutt Day is all about embracing, saving and celebrating mixed breed dogs. So, in honor of this wonderful pet holiday, the PetCot Company is offering 5 ways in which you can celebrate the mutts in your life!


1. Visit your local animal shelter and adopt a new friend
Dog lovers know every canine is one-of-a-kind, but mixed-breed dogs are truly unique thanks to their grab-bag of genes. Mutts come in every shape, size, scruff, and shade you can think of! Personality-wise, too, mixed-breed dogs can have any disposition under the sun, depending what family traits win out. Help save a life and see how a mutt can enhance your own!

2. Volunteer to walk a shelter dog
Did you know that some shelter dogs rarely leave their kennels? Shelter staffs just do not have the time to dedicate to walking each dog every day, and could really use the extra help that volunteering gives. Volunteering to walk shelter dogs also gives you an opportunity to help raise awareness, recruit people with time and compassion, and encourage animal lovers to visit their local shelter to learn about volunteer opportunities.

3. Donate food and other supplies needed to your local animal shelter
Many shelters rely solely on the good hearts and goodwill of those who donate. While there are some government assisted programs that provide some funding to animal shelters, the wait lists are long and it's not always guaranteed that they'll get the funding they need to properly maintain and care for the animals that arrive in their shelters daily. Often times, shelters will post supply need lists on their websites or social media pages, so subscribe to your local shelter's facebook or website page and keep an eye out for their next need list. 

4. Make a donation in the memory of a loved dog who has crossed the Rainbow Bridge
There comes a time in every pet owner's life that they must say goodbye to their furry friend. It's never easy, and another pet just cannot replace that void. But what may help ease some of the heartache and give you peaceful closure is to make a donation to your local shelter in memory of your beloved dog who has crossed the Rainbow Bridge. In doing so, you're honoring the life of your pet and passing along the unconditional love they received from you to those that are not as fortunate to have a loving furever home and family. 

5. Spread the word to raise awareness
You can purchase clothing, canvas totes and collectible mugs to show your support for mutts. While you're spending time with your mutt or volunteering your time at your local shelter snap a few pictures and post them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #NationalMuttDay. Or you can even do some research to locate dog walk events taking place near you and register, then invite your friends to join you!

The biggest percentage of dogs abandoned and euthanized is due to the constant over-breeding and public desire of designer dogs and purebred puppies that are sold to pet stores supplied by puppy mills that often produce ill and horribly neglected animals. This special day was created to raise awareness of the plight of mixed breed dogs in shelters around the nation, as approximately 80% of dogs in shelters are mixed breeds. The mission behind National Mutt Day is to educate the public about the overwhelming number of mixed breed dogs that desperately await new homes and to celebrate the amazing characteristics that the mix of breeds creates in each individual dog.

Celebrate National Mutt Day by spending time with the mutts in your life or by volunteering at your local shelter. 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 padsVisit our website today to get your donation items ordered!

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Tips for Training Your New Puppy

From the first day you bring your pup home, you'll train them and teach them right from wrong. With so many important things to teach them, how are you supposed to know where to start? Many people wonder when the right time to start training their puppy is, and honestly, the answer is now. Start setting your puppy up for success today, and you'll be able to reinforce those habits for the rest of their life. Here are a few tips from trainers that will help you figure out what your puppy needs to learn, and how to teach it to them.


Start with Routines
It's important to start training your puppy on the routines that they'll be keeping in the coming weeks. Teach them where their food and water dishes are, and keep them in the same places, and feed them at the same times each day. Teach them where they'll be going to the bathroom, and always take them to the same place for continuity. Most importantly, continually train them about their bedtime. Keep their PetCot bed in the same place so they know where bedtime happens, and then be sure to reinforce what time they wake up and what time they go to sleep. These routines will be just as valuable for you as it is for them.

Teach Words
The next step is to start reinforcing words in their vocabulary. "No," means stop what you're doing right now. "Good," reinforces that what they're doing is exemplary. These two words are generally introduced around 2-3 months old, and should be used when necessary. There are many other words you will want to add to their vocabulary like sit, stay, down, off, come, don't touch, drop it, go lie down, etc. These words should only be taught after "no" and "good" have been learned well.

Treat Training
While using treats can be a great incentive for your pup, it's not the most effective way to reinforce good behavior, or stop the bad. Treat training, in essence, is based solely off your pup wanting to eat or not. Suppose he goes running out the door after a squirrel, and even though you're tempting him with a treat, he wants to chase the squirrel more than eat a treat. Not only does that reinforce bad habits of not listening to you, but you're showing that if he doesn't want a treat he doesn't have to listen. It would be much more efficient to implement a training based on respect over treats.

Keep in mind that training with treats is not a bad thing, but it shouldn't be your sole method of 'bribing' your pet to obey you. Treats are initially used to help reinforce good behavior, and direct the pet to what you're wanting them to do, but as your training goes on, you should be weaning them off the treats and guiding them to do what you've asked solely based on the command and authority.

Respect Training
If your dog hears your words, understands them, and still chooses not to obey, this could be a sign that they don't respect you. It's important to establish respect in the relationship, not because you HAVE to be in charge, but because you can protect your pet better when they obey. If they are running out into the road, but don't listen to you when you say "come," they are in danger of running into oncoming traffic.

PetCot Beds Help You Train Your Pup
There are many important commands you will establish with your new furry friend, and our beds can help you to reinforce some of those commands. Many trainers use our PetCots to instruct dogs of all ages in the "place" command. Our pet beds aren't just used for training, though, our beds are kept in households all over the country to give your pet a great place to sleep, relax, and stay put when need be. You can order yours today on our website, www.PetCot.com.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

11 Fun Facts About Dogs

We at PetCot Company adore all things canine. And why wouldn't we? Dogs offer companionship and unconditional love. They are funny, adorable, and charismatic. Not only that, but they offer physical, emotional, and social benefits to our lives each and every day. If you love dogs as much as we do, you'll enjoy learning these fun facts we're sharing with you this week that are all about dogs!


11 Fun Facts About Dogs


1. A typical dog has the same brain aptitude level as a toddler. Dogs can comprehend about 250 words and count up to 5.

2. Eighty percent of dog owners shower their pets with gifts (such as a premium raised dog bed) on special occasions like birthdays and holidays. On holidays, over half of these pets are included in the signature of family cards.

3. In the United States, about 1 million dog owners have named their pets the primary beneficiary in their wills.

4. The typical body temperature for a dog is between 101 and 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit, compared to 98.6 for humans.

5. Dogs actually do sweat, but only through the pads on their paws.

6. In addition to sweating through their paw pads, dogs pant to cool themselves off. A panting dog can take 300-400 breaths (compared to his regular 30-40) with very little effort.

7. Dogs and humans have the same type of slow wave sleep (SWS) and rapid eye movement (REM) and during this REM stage dogs can dream. The twitching and paw movements that occur during their sleep are signs that your pet is dreaming.

8. 45% of dogs sleep in their owner’s bed (we’re pretty sure a large percentage also hog the blankets!).

9. Dogs curl up in a ball when they sleep due to an age-old instinct to keep themselves warm and protect their abdomen and vital organs from predators.

10. Dogs are not colorblind. They are able to detect color in their vision, just not as vividly as humans.

11. More dogs are called Max, Jake, Maggie or Molly than any other pet names.

We hope you enjoyed learning these 11 fun facts about dogs. We know we sure did! If you have any fun facts about dogs that you know of that we didn't list above, we encourage you to share them with us in the comments. 


Keep Your Pet Comfy

A happy pet makes a happy owner, and a comfortable pet is a happy pet. We also strongly encourage showing your dogs how much you love and appreciate them by getting them a premium raised dog bed to keep them cool and comfortable this summer. 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, July 6, 2017

A PetCot Fit for Any Size 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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