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 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,

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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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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Keep Your Pet Safe this Independence Day

Fourth of July is just around the corner, and we're all looking forward to the opportunity to celebrate and enjoy some amazing fireworks displays! It's a time of the year when the whole family gets together to grill out, spend some much needed time bonding, and shooting off or watching a professional fireworks show. While we do consider our pets to be family members, this is probably not a celebration that you want to try to involve your dog in. After all, more dogs are reported to be lost on Fourth of July than any other day of the year. Put simply, dogs just do not appreciate fireworks like we do. So this week, the PetCot Company wants to offer some tips to keep your beloved dog safe and happy this Independence Day.

Before the big celebration comes, make sure you're prepared. Update your dog's identity tags and make sure they're secured properly to his collar so as not to easily fall off. If your dog is chipped, make sure the contact information is updated so if your dog does get loose and is found, a vet clinic or shelter is able to reach you. If you do not have a safe, quiet place for your dog to be during the festivities, make arrangements for him to be boarded for the night. 

If you're planning to keep him home and holding festivities there, set up your dog's crate in a quiet location in your home that is set away from traffic and noise. When scared of sounds they can’t orient, they'll feel safer hiding out in their crate or on their comfy premium raised dog bed. If possible, keep the windows and curtains closed. Covering the crate or lowering the blinds can also be helpful. Removing visual stimulation can also help calm dogs. It's best to keep your dog in a room where the door can be closed and nobody will enter. If your dog gets out and sees an opportunity to jet, he may take off down the road.

If you're planning to attend a fireworks show away from home, leave your dog at home. While it may feel like you're leaving him out of the fun, you're actually doing him a favor by not bringing him somewhere he'll become scared easily and won't have a safe place to go. Not to mention, it'll likely be pretty warm outdoors and your furry buddy would much rather enjoy the evening in the comfort of his own home in A/C. Be sure to leave your dog with plenty of toys to keep him busy. If he does become anxious from the fireworks going off around the neighborhood he'll have something to focus his energy on other than your furnishings. 

Dogs are instinctively flight animals. They'll want to run and hide from the loud noises of ongoing fireworks. As much as you would like to include your dog in the holiday festivities, sometimes it's just best to leave your dog at home where he will be safe. By using these tips for this Fourth of July, you'll prevent your dog from becoming another statistic for dogs that are lost during this holiday. While your dog is hanging out in his safe place, he'll need a comfortable place to rest his head. Don't forget to order your pooch a premium raised dog bed or a waterproof crate pad from PetCot!

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

3 Reasons Why Your Pooch Needs a PetCot!

When pet parents ask what items they need to purchase for their dog, a good dog bed is always at the top of the list - along with a collar, leash, food, and feeding dishes. Dog beds are extremely important. In fact, we consider beds essential for all dogs regardless of size, breed, or age. Pet beds provide more than a place to rest their heads, they provide security. While many people think that their dogs can curl up on the floor, in many cases that isn't the most ideal option for your furry friend. Here are a few reasons that a PetCot bed will benefit your pup's life.

Sometimes your pet just wants a place that they can call their own, especially if you have more than one. A pet provides them that place where they can nap peacefully, re energize from a long day, or even go when they're scared. Our premium raised dog beds come in many sizes, so your dog will have the space they need to spread out and get comfortable.

Another thing to note, is that giving your dog a place to sleep can help keep him from sleeping in the areas that you don't want him to. If your bed, and the couch are off limits, he needs a place that he can call his own without laying claim to your spots. To make sure that he'll use it though, you have to make sure and get the right size.

Just like humans, dogs can be rather messy. The dander, dog hair, sweat and drool can often cause their beds to be disgusting. A PetCot bed is easy to clean, so that you don't have to worry about what is living inside that plush bedding. The suspended bed also allows for plenty of air movement, so your pet is always getting plenty of air, and the bed can fully dry out when they are not using it. We have many accessories you can pair with your PetCot bed to make it even cleaner for your pet.

A dog bed can also help keep your home clean! By giving your pet a place to sleep and rest, not only will it keep them off of your couch and bed, but it can limit the amount of hair that gets on your furniture as well. It's much easier to take the cover off of a PetCot bed than it is to wash, vacuum, or roller your entire living room set. Purchase one of our easy to clean pet beds today and see how much faster it is to keep your area clean!

As your dog gets older you may find that they begin to suffer with health problems. Anything from joint issues to hip pains can all be even more painful without the proper tools. A PetCot bed gives them a place to lay down and take the pressure off of their aching joints. While our beds are perfectly designed so that even your older dog won't have trouble getting off of it, we also sell accessories to make it even more comfortable for them. We offer an orthopedic dog bed insert that is made specifically for your PetCot, and your older dog in mind. The extra foam will ease aches and pains, making recovery easier.

Our beds were made to fill a need in the pet bed industry. They are fully assembled when you receive them and ready to use immediately. Our pet beds are also stackable, so if you have several of them and need to store them for a short period, or travel with them, they will be more convenient. If you are ready to join the PetCot family and learn how our beds will improve your pet's life, order online today!

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

8 Ways to Keep Your Dog Cool This Summer

Summertime sparks the desire to get the family outdoors more often. And of course, you don't want to leave Sparky behind - after all, your pets are family too, right? While we always want to include our fur babies in family fun, it's important to remember that all that fur may not mix well with the warmer temperatures of summer. So, this week the PetCot Company has decided to share with you 8 tips to keep your furry buddy cool while enjoying summer fun with the family:

1. Don’t leave your pet in an unattended vehicle. 

On a 75-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can climb up to 115 degrees within an hour. Even with the windows down, a dog can easily overheat if left in these conditions. If you need to run errands and don't feel comfortable leaving your dog home alone take it to a doggy day care. It’ll save you the trouble of worrying about your dog while you’re out.

2. Avoid walking on hot surfaces like asphalt. 

Your pup’s paws can be as sensitive as the soles of your feet. If the asphalt is too hot for you to walk on, chances are it’s too hot for your pup too. On a walk, try to alternate between asphalt, sidewalk, and grass so that your dog’s delicate paws don’t get overheated. If your dog is particularly sensitive, cover his paws with pet booties so he can stroll comfortably.

3. Supply lots of fresh, clean water. 

Some dogs get a bit finicky with their water if there’s an odd scent in the bowl or if it’s been warming up in the sun for a while. Keeping a fresh, clean supply of H2O in your dog’s dish will ensure that your pup drinks more often and stays hydrated.

4. Don’t overexercise pets. 

Dogs don’t always know their own limits. If you can tell your dog is breathing more rapidly or having some trouble chasing after a ball, slow things down and allow him to cool off. Outdoor activities are great but, instead of playing in the blazing afternoon sun, try tossing a ball around as the sun is setting.

5. Leave your dog at home on hot days.

Going to the beach and sitting out all day in the sun is something we humans enjoy, but it can leave pooches severely dehydrated. Even if you feel like the heat is bearable, remember, when dogs are exposed to moderately high temperatures over an extended period of time, their bodies might be unable to cool down.

6. Watch for signs of dehydration.

Dogs can't sweat. They cool off by panting, so an overheated dog will drool excessively. It will become lethargic, its eyes will be bloodshot, and it may appear a little pale. If you lift its skin, it will take longer than usual for the skin to fall back into place.

7. Take your dog swimming.

The best activity you can do in summertime or hot weather is swimming. Instead of walking the dog, take the dog on a swim! If you hold on and allow your dog to take you around the pool, it becomes a powerful bonding experience for the two of you, similar to the walk.

8. Get your dog a raised bed.

PetCot raised dog beds provide optimal comfort and support for dogs (and other pets) of all sizes. Our unique elevated dog bed allows your pet to rest easy while maintaining a comfortable body temperature all around. Durable and breathable, it provides dogs with a healthy, cool environment.

Now that you have some tips to go by to keep your best friend cool this summer, get out there and have some fun! Just remember to keep an eye on your pooch and keep them cool and hydrated. Don't forget to swing by our website to order your pup a premium raised dog bed to rest comfortably on after a fun day enjoying the summer activities you are bound to have a blast doing!

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Monday, June 5, 2017

5 Simple Ways to Show Appreciation To Your Pet

Happy Pet Appreciation Week! We at the PetCot Company are so very excited to be celebrating this holiday because we know just how much our pets love and adore us. We think that every week should be deemed Pet Appreciation Week - but since we don't make the rules, we'll settle with making this week really count! We've got some ideas for you to show YOUR fur buddy some appreciation - check it out!

1. Enthusiastic Greetings

Your pet greets you enthusiastically when you come home from a long day at work. Show your appreciation by returning the favor. Put down whatever you have in your hands at the moment and just give some of your time acknowledging them and showing them that you appreciate them being there for you. They're not able to give much, other than their love and dedication to you. A happily returned greeting is bound to bring on plenty of tail wags and sloppy kisses of gratitude!

2. Lots of Play-Time

Not only is play-time a great way to show your appreciation, but it's also an easy way to give your pup the much needed exercise he needs to burn off some energy. Take your dog for plenty of walks. Play a game of tug-o-war or fetch. Your pup will love this super fun bonding time!

3. Plenty of Cuddle Time

Your pet loves you more than anything in the world - even more than his all-time favorite treats! Be sure to spend some extra time cuddling your fur baby, because that's really all they want. Your undivided attention is the greatest gift to them. Lots of pets and snuggles, and your pooch should feel appreciated in no time! And it's a great opportunity to check your pooch over for ticks, bumps, mats, etc.

4. Ensure Healthy Living

Be proactive with your dog's health. Exercise them regularly to keep them strong and healthy. Schedule regular visits to the vet to do wellness checkups. Take them to the groomers to get a good bath, nail trim, and flea and tick dip. And be conscious about what you're feeding them - a healthy, well-balanced diet is just as important for your pet as it is for you.

5. Spoil with Gifts

Who doesn't enjoy getting a surprise gift just because? Your pet is certainly no exception to the rule! Show your pet appreciation by getting them new treats, a bone to chew on, a couple new toys or balls to fetch, or upgrade their dirty stinky bed to a premium raised dog bed from PetCot. They'll LOVE it!

They may not cook or clean or do the grocery shopping, but they show you unconditional love every single day - that's worth more than the price of gold! So make sure that you always show your fur baby the love and appreciation they deserve. Don't forget, a great way to show your appreciation is by upgrading their current bed with a premium raised dog bed from PetCot! Visit our website today to order your fur baby a bed or two!

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Raising Awareness for Adopt a Cat Month!

June is Adopt a Cat month - it also marks the height of kitten season. Typically this is the time of year when shelters see an increase in feline breeding. As shelters are preparing for a massive influx of homeless and newborn cats, they will be looking to find loving homes for felines and resources to care for them until then. If you’re looking to make a difference for cats during this critical time of year, the PetCot Company has some ways you can get involved:

Approximately 4 million cats end up in shelters every year, including thousands born every spring and summer during “kitten season.” Kitten season creates a tremendous population explosion, and animal shelters around the country will soon be flooded with cats in need of a home. You can make a major difference this season by adopting a new feline friend or two!

This is typically the month that no-kill shelters need the most help. Why not assist one by fostering a cat or two. Animal rescue groups need room to bring in and care for new animals. In many cases, entire families of mama-cat and her kittens just need a safe place to grow up for a few weeks. Many shelters help with all medical expenses and you will have the option to adopt if you so choose. This is a great way to help a rescue.

Having your pet “fixed” prevents unwanted litters. By spaying or neutering your cat, you’ll help control the pet homelessness crisis, which results in millions of healthy cats being euthanized in the United States each year simply because there aren’t enough homes to go around. Millions of unwanted animals end up in shelters or on the streets each year. By spaying or neutering your cat, you do your part to prevent this tragedy.

Shelters often run into lack of resources like food, supplies, money and space. Contact your local shelter or rescue group and ask if they have a donation wish list. They may be holding special events for Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month which you can help promote or donate at. Rescues and shelters always need donations of money and pet supplies such as unopened food, litter, treats, beds, blankets, toys and grooming tools. The PetCot Company has several great products that shelters and vets love and appreciate - such as premium raised beds and crate pads.

So in honor of Adopt a Cat month, take time to do your part to help out and make a difference. Whether you decide to adopt, foster, or donate you'll be among the many doing their part to make great strides in helping those that need it most. Don't forget to visit our website to get your donation items such as a premium raised pet bed or waterproof crate pads!

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