Tuesday, August 30, 2016

How to Choose the Right Pet Food

Your furry friend works hard to keep up with you! They run and play, nap and cuddle, and for all of that, they need the right nutrition to make sure they can continue to do all of these things. Whether you have a cat or dog, there are specific foods that your pet needs at different stages of their life so they can continue to live up to all of their potential. Here at the PetCot company, we realize the value of having the right tools, whether that's a raised pet bed or a delicious and nutritious dog food. Here are a few ways you can make sure you're getting the right food for your pet.

If you have any concerns about your pet's eating habits, what they should or shouldn't eat, or the quantity or quality - please consult your veterinarian for more information.

Consider Their Stage of Life

It's important to realize that your pet's stage of life can influence the types of food they need. While a young pet will need plenty of proteins and vitamins so they can build a strong frame as they grow, while an older pet may need something that helps support their aging body and is easily digestible. Pet food isn't a one size fits all.

Look At The Ingredients

If you aren't sure what type of food to get, you can always start by looking at the ingredients on the bag. They will be in order of quantity used, so you'll want to see some form of meat or fish as the first or second item on the list. You'll also want to find appropriate amounts of protein, carbohydrates, fiber and fats in a pet food.

While there are some who choose to get a grain free or gluten free dog food, keep in mind that there are studies saying that your pet isn't allergic to gluten. If you have any concerns about your pets allergies or diet you'll want to talk to your veterinarian. They can run tests on your furry friend to find out exactly what is happening in their body, and choose a food that works with them.

Compare the Guaranteed Analysis

The Guaranteed Analysis can be found on the back of your pet food bag. The chart lists the percentages of the different ingredients contained in the food, but you have to remember that the numbers are on an "as fed" basis and they don't take into account the amount of moisture in the food. Because different foods have different moisture levels, you'll want to determine the actual levels of moisture by converting wet food to Dry Matter.

Take Time Switching Food

Once you've compared the foods and you're ready to make the switch, remember that it's important to make a slow transition between the new food and the old. There are normal bacteria in your dog's digestive system that allow them to digest their food, and when you suddenly change it on them, they can have adverse effects, and it can be harder for them to transition.

One Transition That Doesn't Take Long At All

Did you know, there's one transition that you probably won't have to go through slowly with your pet? When you bring a PetCot home, many pets fall in love with it immediately, and don't need a transition period to get used to it! Throw a few toys on it, add their favorite blanket, and they are generally hooked to their new favorite premium pet bed. We know you care for every aspect of your pet, so from food to bedding, PetCot is here to make sure you have what you need to love your pet longer! Visit our website to see photos of our product, and find the best one for you!

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

7 Reasons Children Need Pets

When you think back to your best childhood memories was there a furry friend right along with you? What would childhood be like if there wasn't a pet trailing along after your child, a "Nana" per se, helping them to become all that they can be, comforting them when they're sad, as well as providing plenty of exercise? Here at PetCot, we realize the benefit that furry friends have in your life, and we love to encourage families who raise pets and kids alongside each other. Here are a few reasons every child needs a four-legged friend to grow older with them.

It Can Encourage Responsibility

Having a pet of their own can help encourage your children to be responsible. It may not start out that way, but slowly, as your children grow, they will learn that caring for their pet is required. There are many things a pet needs in order to be cared for properly, from routine feedings to brushing, training, exercise, playing, and more. All of these things require your child to interact with your pet, and in the end can be a great lesson in responsibility.

Kids With Pets Can Be More Active

Like your children, pets require a certain amount of exercise in order to be healthy. Because of this, your children will most likely increase their activity level because they can go out and play with their pet. Games of fetch, walking and running, imaginary play and more can all be accomplished with a furry friend by their side!

Many Kids With Pets Won't Need As Many Antibiotics

There are studies that show that a child who grows up in a home with pets will need fewer antibiotics to protect them from the outside world. While it may seem like it's important to keep your child away from anything that can make it sick, having a pet can help introduce bacterias and allergens slowly enough that they can build antibodies to them. This is just as true with pets who live outside more as well because they are dragging germs in that they child may not have normally been exposed to. Studies have shown that families of newborn children with pets show less frequent incidences of colds, sore throats, and coughs!

Pets Can Be a Self-Esteem Booster

The love of a pet is unconditional, we're sure you've experienced this yourself with your pets, but it can be especially good for your children. Create a bond with your pet, and you have that bond forever, they will love you to death for ever and ever. This love can be just what your child needs, especially as they get older and are trying to find their way into adulthood.

Pets Can Teach Consequences

Pets provide a visible and easily recognizable sign of consequences. When the dog isn't fed, they will act out. When your cat doesn't have it's litter box emptied, you may find surprises around the house, or at least experience a strong smell coming from that corner of the house. If Fido hasn't been walked, he will be bouncing off the walls. All of these consequences are something that your child can realize and learn from. This can also teach them to be self-sacrificing because they have to put their needs AFTER the needs of their pet.

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Providing For Your Pet With the Best Raised Pet Bed on the Market

Whether you're thinking about getting a pet for the family and need supplies, or you already have a family pet, but want to invest in a premium pet bed that is more practical, we can help. We have created hygienic pet beds, so whether your child has allergies, or your want a bed that doesn't get dirty, our pet bed will take care of this. Not to mention, our pet beds are kid approved too! Visit our website to learn more about our sizes and styles, as well as replacement parts for when your child and pup have been playing way too hard on our premium raised pet bed!

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Why Buy a Hygienic Pet Bed

Just like with humans, your pets need to maintain a certain level of hygiene. They will groom themselves, as we're sure you notice, but sometimes they need some extra help in that department. From giving them baths, brushing their hair, and even brushing their teeth, there are many different ways to keep your pet clean and smelling fresh. One of the best ways, though, is by making sure their bed is just as clean as they are.

Pillow Beds

If just the thought of touching your pets pillow bed grosses you out, we understand. These beds are made, generally out of a soft, absorbent material, and then filled with fluffy absorbent filling. Everything about these beds is absorbent, and that's not a good thing. From sweat and drool to vomit and urine, you will most likely find a variety of different bacterias in your pet's bed.

Thankfully, you can throw it in the washer ... right? Well, sort of. Generally, after being in the washer and dryer they come out fluffed into one big ball and not the pet bed you threw in there. It can take your pet days to get the fluff unkinked and back into its original spot, and by that time, it's almost time to wash it again.

Why Does My Pet Need a Hygienic Pet Bed?

If you've read any studies on the benefits to washing your sheets on a regular basis, you'll know that having clean bedding on your own bed is extremely valuable. From dust, dander, sweat, and skin cells, there are many things that will build up on your sheets, and cleaning them can help you avoid allergies. The same applies to your pet!

By providing a safe place for your pet to relax, you are also providing a healthy atmosphere. A clean bed can help improve their health, the way the smell, and even help with bugs and bacteria. Other beds can accumulate sweat, dog hair, dander, saliva, fleas, ticks, and more. A clean, hygienic bed is not only good for your pet but also your home as well.

Hygienic Advantages to Owning a PetCot

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 is the favorite choice for cleaning ease (with a cloth or hose with soap and water, or safe disinfectant). Durable and breathable, it provides dogs with a healthy, cool environment. The PetCot dog bed provides comfort and support for Pets while NOT providing a breeding ground for bacteria and odor found in pillow beds.

The Best Raised Pet Bed on the Market

At the PetCot Company, we know that our product can make a difference for your pet's hygiene and health, which is why we want everyone to know about these amazing beds! They don't just stop at helping with hygiene, though. Our premium pet beds are attractive, durable, easy to clean, great for use indoors and out, as well as comfortable. You just can't get any better than that. Are you ready to see how much of an impact our premium raised pet beds can be? Visit our website at www.PetCot.com to learn more!

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

3 Ways to Spoil Your Dog with a PetCot

Did you know that it's National Spoil Your Dog Day? If anyone knows about spoiling a dog, it's the folks here at PetCot! We don't think your dog just needs a bed to lay on, but a premium raised dog bed to relax and feel spoiled with. If you don't own a PetCot, you may not realize why they are so incredible, and that's why we are honored to show you! Here are 3 ways a PetCot can absolutely SPOIL your dog.

Spoil Them With a Space

Even the most extroverted dog needs a space that they can call their own. A place where they can crash after a busy day, a space to relax when they need to catch up on sleep, and even a bed where they can sit back and watch a few movies with you. We all know that your dog plays just as vital of a role in your life as you do in theirs, and that man's best friends needs some loving and spoiling every once in a while. Giving a dog a space of their own provides them security, space, and some much-needed rest.

Spoil Them With Comfort

Our raised dog beds are specially designed to provide the appropriate amount of comfort, while also supporting many of your pooches needs that they don't even think about. The suspension of the bed above the floor helps keep their joints from hitting pressure points that could cause them discomfort. It can also help keep them from overheating, because with being four and a half inches off the ground your pup can extra air flow. Our beds have been considered the most comfortable pet beds on the market, and that's not by accident. We've designed these beds that way. The sturdy vinyl that our beds are made out of are designed to not only provide strength but comfort as well. They are soft, but stable, and made to last through all of the years that your pup relaxes on this bed.

Spoil Them With Hygiene

Okay, so this may be more of a spoil for YOU, but really, your dog will appreciate it as well. Does your dog hate to lay on soiled blankets and beds? This is common for many dogs, and can be a problem - especially with a pillow bed. Should anything happen that would soil your pet bed, our beds were made to be easy to clean and keep the clean. They are easy to wipe up when spills happen, and easy to clean when needed. They also don't provide a breeding ground for bacteria and odor, which is commonly found in a pillow bed. Our premium pet beds are durable and breathable, while also providing a healthy environment for your pet.

Spoiling Your Pet

When your pet is as cuddly and cute as yours, spoiling comes naturally. So how can you resist that face when they REALLY want a brand new pet bed?! Visit our website today at www.PetCot.com to learn more about our premium pet beds, and see which size would be best for your furry friend. Trust us, you'll love this bed almost as much as your pet!

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Fun Facts About Assistance Dogs

The law recognizes three differnt types of assistance dogs, and all of the are highly valued by their owners. The most recent statistic suggest that there are at least 387,000 service dogs in the United States, and that doesn't include therapy or emotional support dogs. August 4th is Assistance Dogs Day, and it's celebrated every year to gear up for International Assistance Dog Week, which is happening on August 7th - 13th. Here are some interesting facts about assistance dogs, the different types there are, and more.

3 Types of Assistance Dogs

Service Dogs

Service dogs are trained to perform specific tasks, and the law even allows for owners to train their own dogs. There are many different types of disbilities that require a service, the most common are mobility problems, blindness, paralysis, epilepsy panic attacks, deafness, speech problems, and PTSD.

Emotional Support Dogs

These dogs are not required to be trained to perform a specific task. Their job is to be there for companionship, affection, and to provide comfort to their owner. You will see an emotional support dog for conditions like anxiety disorders, panic attacks, stress, social phobia, PTSD, and chronic depression.

Therapy Dogs

Therapy dogs are not trained in a specific task, and much like emotional support dogs, are there for companionship. The difference is that they are generall used for patients in a hospital, nursing home, or other palliative care environment. A dog under this category is not afforded the same protections under the ADA as service dogs and emotional support dogs, and they may not be able to accompany you to as many public places.

International Assistance Dog Week

Every year on the first Sunday of August we celebrate this week to recognize of all the devoted, hardworking assistance dogs helping people navigate their disability-related limitations. Assistance dogs transform the lives of their human partners with debilitating physical and mental disabilities by serving as their companion, helper, aide, best friend and close member of their family.

History of International Assistance Dog Week

This event was established due to the efforts of Marcie Davis, a paraplegic for over 35 years. As a member of a service dog team, she founded Working Like Dogs to honor assistance dogs around the world and is sponsoring International Assistance Dog Week.

Pet Beds for Service Dogs

At the PetCot Company, we love every furry friend, but there is a special place in our heart for the pups who stand by their human's side through the adversity that may come from illness. Do you know an assistance dog who would love to have a place they can come home to at night and relax? A PetCot bed is a premium raised pet bed that would be ideal for any pet. It sits 4.5" above the floor, allowing for proper support and ultimate comfort. If you're ready to purchase one of our premium pet beds, visit our website today: www.PetCot.com.

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