Monthly Archive:: December 2013

Tips To Keep Your Pets Safe This New Years Eve

Happy New Year

We’d like to wish you and your pets a very Happy New Year! With celebrations right around the corner, we wanted to share a few tips and suggested precautions to help keep your furry friends and family members safe and sound for the holiday.

Small Chrome Bone Engravable Pet TagCheck your pet’s ID. Be sure your dog is wearing an up-to-date and visible ID tag on their collar at all times. This way, in the unfortunate event that they get lost, they can be returned to you promptly!If you find a lost pet, check their tag first and contact their owner, but if they don’t have a tag, we recommend that you take them to your local animal shelter, where they will have the best chance of being reunited with their owners. Each year, animal shelters across the country are prepared for receiving “New Years dogs” that run off during fireworks celebrations.

Peanut Butter MunchersKeep your pets on their normal diet. Human food and drinks should be out of reach of pets. Any change in a pet’s diet can result in indigestion and diarrhea. Foods and drinks such as alcohol, onions, chocolate, coffee, avocado, grapes & raisins, salt and yeast dough are especially harmful and can be potentially toxic to animals. Ingestion of alcohol may cause intoxication and weakness that could lead to a coma and/or respiratory failure. Keeping dog treats on hand will allow guests who want to give your dog food a healthy and safe alternative.

Always keep matches and lighter fluid out of pets’ reach. Many types of matches contain chlorates, which if ingested can damage blood cells and lead to difficulty breathing, in the most severe cases it can result in kidney disease. Lighter fluid is also very harmful. It can cause skin irritation and if ingested, gastrointestinal irritation and central nervous system depression. If inhaled, aspiration pneumonia and breathing problems could develop.

Never use fireworks around pets. When curious pets get too close to fireworks, whether activated or unused, there is the potential for severe burns and/or trauma. Many types of fireworks contain toxic substances including arsenic, potassium nitrate and other heavy metals. Also, the noise and sight of fireworks displays can spook pets, leading to anxiety and distress. Most pets will try to get away from the noise so it is best to them in a safe and secure place, preferably at home.

If needed, take additional precautions to keep your pet calm. Even well-adjusted pets can get anxious during out-of-the-ordinary events. If your pet is prone to anxiety, please consider consulting with your veterinarian on ways to alleviate their fear and anxiety prior to the New Years festivities.  ThundershirtThere are many natural calming products that may help. We also recommend exercising your dog early in the day, whether they are prone to anxiety or not. Make sure that any off-leash time is securely fenced and any walks have a good leash as some people may set off fireworks before dark.

We hope these tips are helpful, and wish you and your pets a safe and  Happy New Year!

Happy Holidays from Muttropolis

Merry Christmas

We, the Mutt family, would like to wish you and your family, furry members included, a wonderful and safe holiday!

Thank you for choosing us to help meet the needs and desires of your pets, keeping them healthy, safe, stylish and spoiled all year long!

While we realize your Christmas shopping has come to a close, we do have a couple of not-to-be-missed promotions left to finish out the year. If you haven’t taken advantage of it yet, or if you’d like to again, our Treat of the Month for December includes ALL treats. Yes that’s right, we are offering 20% off all cat and dog treats all December long. Singing Penguin Dog ToyOnline customers can redeem this special 20% offer at Muttropolis.com by using the code TREATME at checkout. And for those bargain hunters, starting today, all items in our Holiday Shop are an additional 50% off. Both of these promotions are also being offered at all three of our Southern California store locations. So keep the shopping spirit alive and enjoy these savings!

Happy Holidays!

Unique & Funny Family Holiday Photos

From our Mutt family to yours, we'd like to wish you a happy holiday season and share a few of our favorite one-of-a-kind funny family holiday photos, all of which include four-legged members of course. Hope you're getting creative including and capturing your canine in seasonal splendor this year!

World's Best Dad    Hound Dog

Christmas Tree

Taxidermy

Nativity

Pillars
Hanukkah

Santa

 

Rest Assured: How to find the Perfect Dog Bed

To sprawl out or cuddle up? Sink in or feel firmness? Whatever sleeping style your pup prefers, we have just the right dog bed for them, the commonality being exceptional, luxurious quality that provides a comfy place for your pup to relax.

 Katie Puff Lounge Dog Bed by Animals Matter

You may be asking yourself, “Where to begin?” Searching for the perfect dog bed for your pup can be rather confusing. There are an abundance of different styles, shapes, sizes, materials, and more, making the choices endless. Our goal is to help you narrow down those options, so we’ve put together a few pointers to help guide you towards the perfect bed. Determining your dog’s needs and likes are most important, but there are quite a few additional things to consider. So read on, and hopefully you’ll feel much more educated on your next purchase!

 

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Why does your dog need a bed?

Bright Indoor and Outdoor Dog MatEvery pet deserves a comfortable place to rest, and so a bed is an essential, but beds can also be used for a variety of training solutions. Giving your dog a place of their own makes them feel more secure and comfortable in your home, and often will keep them out of trouble. Beds can also be used for travel. Placing a small bed or mat in your car teaches your dog to stay in a safe place and alleviates distractions while you’re driving. Determining how and where your pup will use their bed is the first step in making the right choice.

 

Observe your dog.

Plush Companion Katie Puff Dog BedDoes your dog like to curl up in a ball or sprawl out? Do you have a puppy that might need a more durable fabric or a senior dog that could benefit from orthopedic support? Shape and design are the next features to consider when making your bedding choice. Bolstered beds, often called donuts or cuddlers, come in square, circular and oval shapes and are perfect for snuggly dogs who like to tuck their paws in and curl up tight. If you have a sprawler, your pup would be more comfortable on a pillow bed where they can easily stretch without restriction from a bolster. If you have an aging pet, a low, orthopedic bed may be easiest on their joints.

 

Doghouse Fun Dog Bed CoverMany beds are constructed to be machine washable, but some have components that must be hand washed. This is important to know prior to making your purchase, especially if you prefer to wash often or have a dog that is prone to making a mess. Have a new puppy? We recommend choosing a bed that you can easily care for, accommodating for their extra messes.

 

Sizing is key.

Honeycomb Couch Dog BedA bed purchase is a big purchase, so be sure you’re choosing a bed that is the correct size for your pup. While shopping you’ll notice that sizing is not standardized across manufactures or shapes, so just because you have a medium sized breed doesn’t mean that you should purchase a medium sized bed. If you’ll be buying your dog’s next bed online, we often recommend pulling out a tape measure or meter stick to get a good visual picture. While lying flat, completely stretched out, your dog should not hang off the bed. If your pet's measurements are in-between sizes, we recommend purchasing the larger of the two sizes.

 

Introducing a new bed to your dog.

Champagne Mousse Faux Fur Trundle Dog BedMany dogs are skeptical of their fancy new pad for the first few days. Properly introducing them to their new dog bed is a simple process. To help your dog get comfortable, use positive reinforcement and never use the dog bed as a place to go for punishment. Hide some healthy dog treats inside, cuddle with them on the dog bed, or give them a new bone to chew when they are lying on their bed. All of these supportive experiences will convince your pet that the new dog bed really belongs to them.

 

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Once you’ve answered these questions and considered these features, it’s time to search out the style that best suits you and your pup’s personality. Colors and prints are in abundance in our stores and online. With an astute buying team behind the reigns, Muttropolis has become the best place to shop for the latest, design-driven, luxury dog beds. So take a look at our selection, one of the widest in the pet products marketplace, as we’d love to help you find the next bed for your pup!

 

Our dog bed categories include Square Bolstered Dog Beds, Round Donut Dog Beds, Double Donut Dog Beds, Pillow Dog Beds, Dog Bed Duvet Covers, Outdoor Dog Beds, and Dog Mats and Blankets, many of which can be found in stores and all available online.

Dig this Deal: Save on Toys for your Pup

20% Off Toys Dog Toy CategoriesFor five days only, starting today, we are offering 20% off on all dog toys and cat toys! Our dog toy assortment includes Plush, Interactive, Toss & Retrieve, Tough, Rubber, Funny, and last but not least, Holiday! We have toys to suit every pup’s personality and playing preferences.

Plush dog toys, an essential stable in every pup's toy box, come in all shapes and sizes and are sure to please with a soft exterior and most with a squeaker inside. Have a pup that needs a more stimulating option? Interactive dog toys will keep your pup both busy and challenged. Many of our interactive toys release treats or make sounds that enhance playtime. And what dog doesn’t love to tug, toss and retrieve? If you have an energetic pup, our Toss & Retrieve dog toys can turn a day at the park, beach or backyard into endless fetching fun!

What about for those aggressive chewers? We have a variety of Tough dog toys in different sizes, colors and shapes, most constructed with specially engineered fabric and/or lining as well as reinforced seams. These toys are a great way to keep your pup busy and away from chewing your favorite personal items. Rubber dog toys are also a popular choice. Some are also found in the tough toy category, but most are just designed to be squeaky and fun for your pup’s playing pleasure. All lead-free and non-toxic to keep you dog safe. And for those comical canines or pup parents, our Funny dog toys are a must see. All unique and many sure to provide a good laugh!Dog Toys

Remember, pets should be supervised when playing with toys as no toy is indestructible.

As mentioned, this sale only lasts 5 days, so hurry to one of our three store locations or visit us online at www.muttropolis.com to take advantage of this great deal! It's the perfect time to finish up any holiday shopping you may still have. And don't forget, we have Holiday dog toys too, so be sure to check those out. The sale ends at midnight PST on Monday, December 16th. Online customers must use coupon code PLAYMORE at checkout to receive the discount.

Dig this Deal: Save on Collars, Leashes & Harnesses

Dog collars

For five days only, starting today, we are offering

20% off on all dog collars, leashes and harnesses! Cats included!

Dog collars

We have something to meet the needs and suit the personalities of every pet. Whether your four-legged friend is big or small, likes to pull or keeps a calm pace, we have just the right collar and leash combo for them, or harness if that is your preference. As for personalities, our astute buying team stocks our stores and website with furry fashionistas, outdoor explorers, and canines that like to keep it classic all in mind.

Buddy Belt Dog HarnessOur dog collar assortment includes Patterned, Striped, Plaid and Solid Fabric & Nylon, Leather, Sparkle, Teacup, Lighted or Reflective, and Training. For those who prefer to reduce pulling, we have harnesses, available in Fabric & Nylon, Leather, Training, and Vest styles. We also carry matching leashes for many collars and harnesses. And for the felines out there, we have Cat Collars and Harnesses. 

We know that looking for a new collar can be confusing, especially with so many different sizes, styles and materials to consider. Good news is that a while back we compiled some tips to help guide you towards the perfect collar for your pup. Check out our recent blog post to learn more about desirable dog collar features, what to keep in mind, and the usual “deal breakers.”

Decorative Metal Engravable Pet TagsAs mentioned, this sale only lasts 5 days, so hurry to one of our store locations or visit us at www.muttropolis.com to take advantage of this great deal! The sale ends at midnight PST on Monday, December 9th. And don’t forget to grab an engravable tag. Tags aren’t included in the sale, but we want to keep your pet safe and offer a unique selection to choose from. Online customers must use coupon code DAZZLEDOG at checkout to receive the discount.

Dig This Deal: 20% Off All Treats, All December

Treat of the Month

We couldn’t pick just one treat this month, so we’re offering 20% off every treat in our assortment! Yes, that means that all month you’re able to enjoy 20% off savings – spread the word to friends and family, so all of our four-legged friends can benefit. Just in time for the holidays, it’s the perfect time to purchase gifts as well as stock up for the season.

WThinkers Duck Dog Treat Stickse pride ourselves in carrying only the highest quality all-natural treats for our canine and feline customers. From dainty delights to hearty munchies, our healthy treats are easily digestible, preservative-free, wholesome and delicious.

Practicing proper dental hygiene with you pup? We have treats and chews that remove tartar and freshen breath. Does your doggy have hip or joint troubles? Toothbrush Shape Dental Dog TreatWe have treats for that too! Have a new puppy on your hands? Treats are essential for training. And for all those pups that are problem free and trained to a T, well they need delicious treats too. So choose by flavor, size, shape or strength, whatever works for your four-legged friend.  

Chicken Carnivore KissesOur Treat of the Month promotion is only valid from December 1st through December 31st, or until supplies last. So don’t miss out on this great deal! Online customers can redeem this special 20% offer at Muttropolis.com by using the code TREATME at checkout. This promotion is also being offered at all three of our Southern California store locations, one in Solana Beach, La Jolla and Newport Beach.

Happy Holidays, make them tasty!