Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Bad Breath Remedies for Your Dog

Our furry friends are so cuddly, playful, and fun, but then you get a whiff of their breath, and something has to change! There are products out on the market that could work, but some of them can be rather pricey, and what if they don't work? There are a few natural remedies that you can try on your pet and see if they help with any of the bad breath issues.

Cause of Bad Breath

While we are all familiar with "halitosis," in dogs it can sometimes signify that some changes are needed in hygiene care or diet. Sometimes it can be a result  of a build-up of odor-producing bacteria in your dog's mouth, lungs or gut. If bad breath is persistent, you can talk to your vet and see if there are any other things you should look into.

Ways to Treat Bad Breath in Dogs

Coconut Oil

Antibacterial and antifungal properties reside in coconut oil, making it an awesome product for killing the stinky smell in your dog's mouth. Aside from ridding them of bad breath, it can also be good for their dog digestive, immune, and metabolic system. The antiviral properties in coconut oil help prevent and treat yeast infections and are great for their skin, bones and brain!


The strong yet refreshing flavor of lemon could be a wonderful way to mask any odors coming from your pet's mouth. The citrus stops bacteria that grows inside of their mouth, and can prevent bad breath. It is a simple remedy, yet can be very effective.


The beta-carotene in carrots is a powerful natural remedy because of those antioxidants. It's a rich source of vitamins and plays a major role in keeping up good health. You can mix these into a homemade dog treat, or see if they'll gnaw on them by themselves!

Brown Rice

Brown rice is high in fiber, which is a great aid in digestion. It is loaded with powerful antioxidants, and these could prevent diseases like cancer, diabetes, etc. Digestion plays a big role in your dog's breath, so by figuring out how to get the digestion in check, you may fix the bad breath.


The chlorophyll in parsley helps neutralize odor in your dog's mouth. In fact, parsley is mostly used to control bad breath!

Brushing Their Teeth

A good oral hygiene is required for your pets of all shapes and sizes.You can brush their teeth regularly to give a fresh smell, and also help get rid of those cavities.

Whole Health For Your Pet

The PetCot Company believes in whole health for your pet, from beginning to end, inside and out. Our raised pet beds are designed to help your pet have a comfortable place to relax, sleep, get away for some alone time when they need it. From the puppy stage to the older dog phase, our pet beds are ideal for your dog. We know that you want to care for your dog all the way from their teeth care to have a long lasting pet bed, so we feature some interesting content in our blogs to help you every stage of the way! Visit our website today to see how you can bring home a PetCot of your own!

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Accessories for Your PetCot

While a PetCot bed is a wonderful tool to have on its own, there are some wonderful accessories you can get that will improve the look and feel of your bed for your pet. Our pet beds are specially designed to ensure that you and your pet have the best experience possible with our beds. They are designed to accommodate your home styles and hygiene needs. While your pet will think that this bed is the most comfortable pet bed they've been on in years. Here are some of the great accessories that you'll find to pair with the best pet beds.

Dry As A Bone Incontinent Bed

If you have an older dog or a dog with urinary incontinence, this is the bed for you! The "Dry As A Bone" dog bed is a special PetCot created for dogs with urinary problems or who are recovering from surgery and are bed-ridden. The wider mesh cover is dependable and made for urine to drain through to a tray. Pet owners love having their carpets and floors stay clean and, most importantly, your dog's skin will stay drier.

As always, our bed is easy to clean. The fabric is comfortable, breathable, dries quickly and odor free. Simply wash the fabric with soap and water or a safe disinfectant. The urine tray is easily removable to empty and clean.

Best yet, if you are an existing PetCot customer and your dog begins exhibiting some urinary difficulties, there is no need to purchase a whole new bed. Just order the "Dry as a Bone" PetCot replacement cover and tray. It's that simple!

Replacement Covers

The PetCot is one of the most durable, supportive pet beds on the market. But we also understand that some pets are determined to make anything a "meal"! Most pet beds, when destroyed, have to be thrown away. But The PetCot Company realizes you do not want to have the expense or the hassle of replacing a favorite bed when a pet decides to chew. We offer replacement parts for the PetCot to our customers who have purchased from us in the past. Just replace the part - not the whole bed! We also offer a 35 oz. vinyl for those dogs that could eat a bus!

Replacement Cot Corner

Sometimes you just can't stop your pet from chowing down on the corners of their pet. That's why we've provided replacement corners. Each corner is sold separately and is available in brown only. If you are a vet or kennel who needs to replacement many corners, give us a call for a quantity discounts.

Fleece Cover

The PetCot is the most relaxing bed on the market. For an added touch of comfort, add a PetCot Fleece Cover. Made of high-quality, synthetic lambswool exclusively for The PetCot Company's PetCot. Attaches securely with 1" elastic. Machine washable. Available in the following sizes:
  • Small: 22" x 22"
  • Medium: 39" x 22"
  • Large: 39" x 22"
  • Extra Large: 46" x 30"

Orthopedic Dog Bed Insert

The orthopedic dog bed insert enhances the benefits of the PetCot. The orthopedic insert adds comfort and support for all pets, especially those with joint and hip problems. The Orthopedic pad was designed to be used in conjunction with our fleece cover. Available in the following sizes:
  • Small 17 X 20
  • Medium 20 X 36
  • Large 23 X 36
  • X-Large 26 X 42

Chew Guards

To help your PetCot last even longer, we've provided chew guards that can be added to your pet. These metal guards will help protect the edges of your PetCot bed from destruction, even against the most aggressive and playful puppies.

Best Pet Beds for Any Age

The advantage to using a PetCot bed is that you can buy on that will last them a lifetime. You can choose a size that will be most apt to fit your dog as they grow, and then it will adjust with them. Chew guards for the puppy phase, replacement parts for the middle age, when the puppy years are over, and orthopedic and incontinent covers for when your furry friend is older. Give your pet the bed they can use all through life!

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Homemade Dog Treats for Your Furry Friend

If your dog is like most, there's nothing they love more than a tasty treat! From the dog treats you buy at the store, to the spoonful of peanut butter you give in bribery, there are many of these things that can get your dogs tail wagging. While it's easy to buy treats, sometimes it's nice to "treat" your pup to something a little more special, and homemade! Here are a few recipes that look especially delicious, and we think fido will think so as well.

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Peanut Butter Banana Dog Treats

  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked Oatmeal
  • 1 large Banana
  • 1/2 cup Peanut Butter
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Using a food processor or blender, grind your oats until they're powder.
  3. In a bowl, beat together the banana and peanut butter until smooth. A few small chunks of banana here and there is ok. The dough should stick together, but shouldn't be sticky.
  4. Reserve about a tablespoon of ground oatmeal and pour the rest into the banana peanut butter mixture and mix until combined.
  5. Dust your surface with the reserved ground oatmeal and roll your dough to about a 1/4 inch thickness.
  6. Cut into desired shapes and place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  7. Bake treats for approximately 15 minutes, or until the edges start to brown.
  8. Cool completely before storing in an airtight container for up to a week.

Spinach, Carrot, & Zucchini Dog Treats
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Recipe from
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour, or more, as needed
  • 1 carrot, peeled and shredded
  • 1 zucchini, shredded
  • 1 cup baby spinach, chopped

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat; set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat pumpkin puree, peanut butter and eggs on medium-high until well combined, about 1-2 minutes.
  3. Gradually add old-fashioned oats and 2 1/2 cups flour at low speed, beating just until incorporated. Add an additional 1/4 cup flour at a time just until the dough is no longer sticky. Add carrot, zucchini and spinach, beating just until incorporated.
  4. Working on a lightly floured surface, knead the dough 3-4 times until it comes together. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Using cookie cutters, cut out desired shapes and place onto the prepared baking sheet.
  5. Place into oven and bake until the edges are golden brown, about 20-25 minutes.*
  6. Let cool completely.
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Hypoallergenic Chicken Dog Biscuits

Recipe from
  • 1 ¼ Cups Rice Flour
  • 3 Tbsp. Vegetable or Canola Oil
  • ½ teas. Salt
  • 1/3 Cup Chicken Broth or Water
  1. Preheat oven to 325˚.
  2. Mix all ingredients in a bowl, should be the consistency of play dough, you may need to add an additional 1-2 tablespoons of liquid to get the right consistency.
  3. Knead the dough until smooth, roll out on a lightly floured surface to ¼ inch. Cut out shapes with a cookie cutter or make rectangles with a knife or pizza wheel.
  4. Place on a cookie sheet and bake at 325˚ for 15-20 minutes until just slightly browned on the bottoms.
  5. Let cool and store in an airtight container.
We all want our favorite pooches to be well taken care of, and providing treats for them is just one aspect. The other aspect, of course, is by providing them with a place that they can escape to and relax. Your pet will love to have a PetCot bed because of the relaxation it provides, as well as a place of his or her own. If you're ready to give your pet the best pet bed on the market, visit our website today!

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Friday, April 8, 2016

Can You Teach An Old Dog New Tricks?

While you may have heard this old saying, you should be relieved to know that you can, in fact, train an older dog to obey your commands. While there are a few factors that impact how much your older dog can learn, the are capable of learning these new "tricks," even if they aren't capable of jumping through hoops anymore. Here are a few things you should keep in mind as you train your dog to obey commands.

Training History

There are studies that show that the more humans continue to exercise their brains, the more mentally alert they remain, and the same can be said of your "pup." If you are continually training them, teaching them, and encouraging them to learn, you will find that it is easier to train them later on.

Physical Conditions

Does your dog have any physical conditions that you should be aware of? Joint and muscle pain, hip dysplasia, obesity and heart problems can make training difficult sometimes. Especially if you are wanting to enroll them in a vigorous program.

Are There Any Mental Conditions?

"Doggie Alzheimer's" is a very real condition, and if your furry friend is experiencing this, it may make it more of a struggle to teach them new tricks, or even reinforce the old ones. You can speak to your vet if you suspect that your pet is suffering from this, there may be medications that can be administered.

Your Skill Level

It's always important to consider your skill level when thinking about training your older dog. Like with any pet, consistency is key. If you have any doubt that you'll be able to achieve that, you may want to enlist in the assistance of a professional who can train both you and your dog.

What Methods Have Been Used?

There have been studies that prove positive reinforcement is a much better way to train your pet, especially older dogs. If you want your dog to be an eager learner, you can stick with positive reinforcement to help encourage them to continue obeying.

Older Dog Training

There could be many reasons you're wanting to train your dog, maybe you adopted him from a shelter and he has some bad habits. You could have gotten him from a friend who could no longer care for him, or you may have never established good rules when they were younger, and now that they're older it's harder to manage them. You can use our PetCot beds to help establish a safe place for your pet to go, as well as use it to teach the "place" command. This command works wonders for dogs who tend to stay underfoot or greet guests with more energy than is generally welcome.

Best Pet Beds on the Market

PetCot pet beds are not only easy to use but easy to clean. With any older dog, having a comfortable bed that can be cleaned easily is a wonderful tool. Aside from our PetCot beds being easy to clean and use, we also have many attachments that make these beds even more amazing. The orthopedic dog bed insert enhances the benefits of the PetCot. It adds comfort and support for all pets, especially your older dogs. Visit our website today to learn how you can get a PetCot bed in your home!

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Friday, April 1, 2016

GREAT Testimonials for the PetCot Company

At the PetCot company, we take your satisfaction very seriously. Our products are designed to be the best pet beds on the market, and the are perfect for pets in all walks of life. From young, happy pups who are still active and want to use everything as a chew toy to older dogs who need a comfortable place to relax. Here are a few testimonials from our clients showing why our raised pet beds are so wonderful.

Testimonials for the PetCot Brand Pet Bed

"I got my PetCot yesterday. I have to tell you, I was a little nervous about how my 11-year-old dog would adapt to it. I placed it on the floor, he immediately jumped on it and then got off, looked underneath it and the dove back on. I don't think he has been off of it since. Thank you so much for providing such a great product in a timely manner!"  - Tatum Westphal, on behalf of Otto - the best boy EVER!

"We Can't wait to get our order of new PetCots here at the Texas Pet resort! Everyone is so excited! The dogs love them, and the staff loves how durable they are and super-easy and quick to clean and sanitize, and that is so important to us!"  - Vicky Wommack Fultz

"The following is an explanation of how we use the PetCot in training. We call the PetCot a climb bed. the 'climb' is a command we teach the dogs to stay on top of the PetCot and not jump off. We like to call it a kennel without walls. The owners can tell their dogs to 'climb' when they are watching TV, cooking, cleaning, or just hanging out with the family. This way the dog can still be out with the family even though they may be unable to have their full attention on the dog, but they can still be consistent with training. The dogs can do anything up there except jump off. It is also very useful when company comes to the door to keep the dog from rushing and jumping on your visitors. The 'climb' is the dog's job, so they aren't able to come up with some unfavorable jobs on their own. Small puppies can learn the climb easily and it aids in potty training. We like to use the PetCot brand because the beds are comfortable for the dogs, they always seem to favor the PetCot versus another type of 'climb.' The clients like them because they are easy to move from room to room or to take on a camping trip. They are obviously more decorative for people to put in their living room as well." - Jake Kemp, Instructor at Dog House Inc.

"I received the PetCot beds with 35-ounce vinyl a few days ago and gave them to my two most aggressive chewers. I have pleased to report that they are still intact. One is scuffed up a bit, but not much. I have tried nearly ever bed in the market that was advertised as chew proof and yours is the only bed that has come close. I just placed an order for four more and plan to order four a month until I have them in all 16 runs and also a couple for outside! My business partner, Marie Thomas, is ordering some too. Thank you so much for this wonderful product." - Kathy Harris, Hilltop Bull Dogs

Chew Proof Dog Beds!

As you can see from these reviews, we have many happy customers, and we are proud to say that the reviews keep coming in. PetCot beds are set apart from the rest because they are easy to clean, easy to use, easy to store, and hard to destroy! The minute you take your PetCot bed out of the packaging, you will find that your dog will enjoy the comfort, and you will enjoy how easy they are. No more smelly, nasty pet beds that store germs and odors - PetCot beds are easy to clean! If you're ready to buy the best pet beds on the market, visit our website today!

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