Pet Safety Archive

MUTT FAVORITES: Halloween Collection + Halloween Night Tips

Trick or Treat

BOO! Just as we are recovering from the summer heat, we jump right into ghosts and goblins! We love Halloween – not just for the scary stuff, but for costume-wearing, party-throwing and trick-or-treating fun! Depending on what event you and your pup are going to, you’ll need the goods. We’re a huge fan of hilariously fun costumes, as you can tell! For those that prefer to not dress up in a costume, grab a Halloween-themed bandana – they’re easy to take on and off and are festive enough to celebrate this spooky holiday. Halloween-themed toys are a fun addition for a dog that doesn’t enjoy wearing clothing at all!

Whatever type of Party-Animal you may have, safety is most important. Here are a few ways to ensure everyone has a great time:

  1. Nighttime visibility is key. You always want to know your dog’s whereabouts, especially when trick-or-treating. Use lighted or reflective collars, leashes or harnesses and make sure they are securely fastened – you never know if your pooch will get frightened by all the costumes!
  2. No candy or decorations for Bowser. Candy (especially chocolate) can be toxic to pets and decorations like fake spider webs or small favors could be a choking hazard to dogs and cats.
  3. If they don’t want to go out, let them stay at home. Some pets can be frightened or agitated by the unaccustomed sights and sounds of costume visitors. If this is the case, keep them in a quiet space away from trick-or-treaters. We recommend a room with their bed and a favorite toy!
  4. ID tags on collars is essential. With doors opening constantly on Halloween night, there’s multiple opportunities for your pet to run out. We recommend your furry friend wears a collar with an ID tag just in case of any accidental getaways!

We hope you have a happy and safe Halloween! ☺

MUTT’S UP: 5 Ways to Keep Your Dog Cool

We LOVE summer. But, news flash: it’s hot. Humans are able to keep in tune with our bodies and know when we need to be cool, but how can you tell when your dog is hot? Signs of heatstroke in dogs can include excessive panting, bright red tongue, thick, sticky saliva and dizziness, to name a few. How can heatstroke be prevented? Keep them cool! We’ve come up with a list of five things that are sure to keep your dog cool during the warm months.
KoolCollar1. The Kool Collar. Add some ice and clip around your dog’s neck. It’ll cool down your pup’s whole body!
2. Make sleeping a breeze with a Pressure Activated Cool Pet Pad. If they made this in a human size, we’d want one. This pad isPressure Pad pressure activated and will keep your pup cool for 3-4 hours. The “coolest” part? It re-charges itself automatically when it’s not being used – no refrigeration, water or electricity needed!
popsicle3. Freeze a toy! Toys like the Chilly Bone and the Freezable Popsicle are made to freeze. All you have to do is soak the toy and pop it in the freezer. Not only will these toys cool your pup down, but they promote teeth and gum health!
iCool Vest
4. A cooling vest is always a good idea. The iCool vest is made of water-cooling material and doesn’t need any refrigeration. Let the vest soak, wring out the excess water and voila! Your pup will be cool in no time!
5. Let them take a swim! A good ol’ swim will definitely help your pup cool down! The Ruffwear K9 Float Coat is the dog version of a life jacket – need we say more?
Summer can be fun if you keep your and your pup safe at all times. To check out more ways to keep  your dog cool, peep our Summer Essentials Collection. Enjoy!
The Ruffwear K9 Float Coat in Action!

I SEE SPOT: Leapin’ Leopards Have Arrived at Muttropolis


If someone told us they hated leopard print, we’d think they were seriously lying – probably because we love leopard print so much! To celebrate this love of leopard, we’ve created a special collection dedicated to leopard lovers. From comfy sweaters to stylish carriers, we’ve got everything you need to prepare for any Safari!

rIMG_5423Is there such a thing as too much leopard? Nope, especially when it comes to apparel! Dress up for a night on the town in a leopard and tulle dress or stay comfy and classic in a fleece pullover – either way you’ll be looking your finest!

If you’re more of the subtle type, but still want to look stylish on your daily walks, we recommend the leopard velvet collar and leash. The red webbing adds a touch of sass and complements the leopard perfectly! For those days when the sun is out, have no fear – Doggles not only keep your pup’s eyes away from the sun, but the leopard print makes staying safe fashionable.

Don’t think we forgot about everyone’s favorite item – toys! If your pup is into squeakers galore, then they’ll love the giant leopard snake toy – this thing is 3 feetrIMG_5568 long! For the fashionistas in the building, you can turn into Carrie “Bark”shaw with our adorable leopard-print Manolo “Bark”nik shoe toy! All the toys in this collection are the perfect mix of soft and stylish.

To take the Leopard Collection up a notch, we’ve added some adorable items that benefit not only your pup, but you too! If you tote lil’ Bowser around, then the leopard patent leather Haylee carrier is a must. Not only does it give you an easy way to bring your pup everywhere, but it’s so cute that you could you it as an everyday bag! Don’t forget to add a touch of leopard pizazz to your house, whether it be with a feisty bed or a contemporary dog bowl. A little leopard goes a long way!

If you’re love leopard as much as we do, then you are going to love our Leopard Collection! Check out the rest of the Collection online or stop by one of our three Southern California locations to see it for yourself.

Keep your Pet Safe + Happy this Holiday Season!

Christmas Pup

We’re the first to say that the Holidays are the best time of year, but with all the fun to be had, it’s extremely important to stay safe – especially when it comes to keeping your pups out of harm’s way! Here are some helpful tips on how to keep your furry friends safe during the holidays!

  1. Keep your decorations pet friendly. When decorating your tree, keep the special ornaments at the tip top of the Christmas tree and hang wooden, metal or resin-cast ornaments on the lower branches in case your pup is a curious one. Whatever you do, do NOT let your pet near any electrical cords – playing or chewing these cords could cause injury or even electrocution. To prevent this, hide the cords by routing them through a PVC pipe.
  2. Don’t let Bowser near the holiday plants! Poinsettias, mistletoe and holly are all poisonous – if your pup accidentally eats any of these plants, there’s a chance they’ll experience vomiting, diarrhea or other serious health problems. Instead of having them nibble on plants, give them a nice, yummy treat to nibble on instead – it’s safer and much more delicious!
  3. Brrr! Keep your pup warm! The Holidays are a chilly time – even with the heaviest coats, cold weather is a serious risk to pups of all sizes. When it’s really cold out, only take your pup out for short periods of time and keep them nice and warm when outside.
  4. We know it’s tempting, but don’t give your furry friend any Holiday leftovers! Your mom’s holiday ham may have been amazing, but don’t share it with your pup – there’s a chance they could choke or get sick. Spoil them with delicious treats instead!

Now that we’ve hooked you up with some helpful tips, it’s time to celebrate the holidays! Happy Holidays from all of us to you!

MUTT’S UP? Holiday Travel Tips

Dog and Suitcase

It’s our favorite time of the year: the holidays! Bring on the chilly weather, joyous decorations and hometown visits! Whether you’re taking a short road trip or flying across the country, we’ve got some tips on bringing your furry friend along.

When travelling with your pooch, you want to make sure you have all the essentials. First on the checklist: a carrier or car seat. For dogs preparing for a flight, an airline-approved carrier is a must. Airline-approved favorites include the Kelle, Roxy and Charlie carriers. Not only do these carriers come in an array of colors, but they’re complete with multiple pockets to carry all your dog’s travelling needs. Taking a road trip? A car seat is perfect for your dog to rest comfortably during the drive. Car seats like the Companion and Lookout have a space for the seatbelt to attach, ensuring a safe space for your pup to rest.

Now that you know what your dog will be travelling in, it’s time to think about what to pack to keep them nice and happy throughout the trip. We recommend bringing some of your dog’s favorite treats and food along with a travel water bowl to keep them full and hydrated, an extra collar and leash in case of emergencies, extra poop bags for those potty breaks and pet wipes for sanitary purposes. A clean pup is a happy pup, right?! For the toy lover, bringing Bowser’s favorite toy on the journey will not only keep them preoccupied, but will make them feel more comfortable and at home.

Now that you and your pooch are prepared for the holidays, it’s time to take off! Check out more travel needs on our website or visit our three Southern California stores to learn more.

Halloween Tips for your Pup!

Halloween pet safety tips

Halloween is a fun holiday for the whole family, including the pups! While getting everything prepared for the spookiest holiday of the year, we thought we’d help you in the pet department by sharing a few Mutt Tips!

Is your pup protective of the family? Dogs are über protective of their family, but when it comes to Halloween activities, protection goes to the next level (you have to remember, dogs can’t tell the difference between a costume and a family friend!). If you’re planning on bringing your pup with you to Halloween activities, we highly recommend having them on a leash. If you think your pup will be too protective, then let them hang out at home while you’re out.

Have a pup that loves people? Bring them along for the ride! You can even take it up a notch and dress them up in a sweet costume! The most important part of bringing your pup with you (besides the costume)? Don’t let them eat candy! Instead of having your pup gnaw on Halloween candy that can make them really sick (resulting in you having to clean their mess later or worse), have some healthy treats on hand to hand to Bowser while the kids are getting their candy. It will make trick-or-treating fun for everyone!

Have a shy guy? You don’t want to put your pup in a situation that makes them freak out. Give your dog the night off and let them hang out at the house while you’re out and about. All they’ll need is their bed, a fun toy and (obviously) some treats and they won’t even know you’re gone!

Bonus Tip: If you’re taking your pup with you, make sure they have an ID tag on their collar. It’s pretty unlikely, but there is a chance that your pup can run away because they’re frightened (if you had no clue why there were zombies or ghosts walking near you, wouldn’t you be a little frightened too?). By having an ID on their collar, you’re giving the finder of your pup a way to contact you so you can save your dog from being even more scared!

We hope we’ve given you a little advice on what to do with your pup during the Halloween festivities. Have a fun and safe Halloween! :)

Tips for the Stroller Pup

Our furry friends are just another member of the family and we want to take them everywhere. Some dogs have a hard time keeping up because they are small, getting older or the summer heat makes the
asphalt so hot it can be dangerous for them to walk on sidewalks all day. We recommend you let your pup ride in style…with a stroller!

  • Using a stroller will keep your elderly pup from getting tired and will help them feel more energetic during the day
  • Strollers are a great alternative to carriers. Carriers can put a lot of strain on your back, neck
    and shoulders, whereas a stroller adds zero pressure to your body
  • Strollers keep your pup off the hot ground, preventing paws from injuries such as burns and cracking
  • Strollers don’t have to be used all the time – you can walk your pup until they get tired and pop them in the stroller for a good nap while you finish your daily duties

First Class Jogger StrollerThe First Class Jogger is a “Mutt Tested and Approved” favorite. This Jogger comes with a soft, comfy pad for your pup to lay on while looking outside the mesh windows during the daily stroll. Large
wheels have suspension for a completely smooth ride and rear tires have lockable breaks. The Jogger also comes with a large basket underneath for storage. You can find this stroller and more at any of our store locations or online. “Stroll” away!

Pet Health: Help Those Hot Paws!


Summer is here and the heat is on! Have you noticed your pup trying to avoid that hot, black asphalt on your walks? Dogs’ pads are incredibly sensitive, therefore, the asphalt can be extremely harmful. One of our customers recently brought their 10-week-old Husky puppy in with burnt, cracking pads due to the hot pavement. The owner had taken him on a long run on the asphalt; this poor pup barely wanted to stand on his paws!           

Anti Slip Dog Socks   Ruffwear Summit Trex Boots

We highly recommend covering your pup’s paws up by wearing socks or boots during this summer heat, especially if you take your pup on long mid-day walks or runs. Not only do they look super stylish, they protect your pups’ sensitive pads from the scorching asphalt! If the damage has already been done, like the Husky’s, we recommend using Vetericyn Wound and Skin Care Spray to disinfect and clean your pups’ paws. After the paws have been sprayed, bandage them with the Pawflex Bandages while their paws heal is. You can find these products at any of our Muttropolis locations or on our website!

Vetericyn Wound and Infection Spray   Pawflex Dog Bandages

Gear up for Summer!

Gear up for Summer

Bring on the heat! Although summer is the ample time for vacations and fun, it can get a little warm. Dogs, like humans, need to keep cool when the heat is blaring. With this in mind, we’ve rounded up the best products to keep your pup cool and happy!

When deciding what kind of apparel to fit your dog in during the warm weather, we recommend something that will cool their body. The ICool Vest is perfect for the warm weather – all you have to do is dip the vest in water, wring it out and you’re good to go! For those that have a dog that loves to swim, we recommend checking out the Float Coat – it’s the pups’ version of a life jacket!

ICool Vest  Ruffwear Float Coat

If you’d rather have your dog go without apparel this summer, there are some other ways to keep your pet safe from the sun and heat. Doggles are the perfect dog sunglasses and have 100% UV protection, promising protection of your furry BFF’s eyes. If you love to walk your pup, but are nervous about the heat of the cement, then dog boots may be your life saver! Not only do these boots keep moisture out, but the outsole protects and locks out dirt and debris while keeping your pup’s feet from burning.

Doggles  Ruffwear Dog Boots

Another way to cool down is (what else?) to play in the pool! We have some floatable toys like Loopies and Discs that will provide hours of fun in the sun while keeping cool! Another great toy to keep your pup cool is the Chilly Bone. The bone can be frozen multiple times and freezes in only an hour!

   Floating Disc Toy  Chilly Bone Toy

For those that are planning a road trip, pup water breaks are a must. To help keep your pup hydrated and reduce the bulk packaging of normal dog bowls, we have the Gulpy water dispenser, conveniently shaped in a water bottle, and bowls that are made to fit your car’s cup holder.

 Gulpy Water Dispenser  To Go Travel Dog Bowl

As we all know, fleas love to make an appearance during the summer. We offer a few different remedies to get rid of fleas, ranging from sprays to wipes to shampoos to supplements.

To get the full taste of our Summer Essentials, stop by one of our Southern California store locations or visit us at!

Tips To Keep Your Pets Safe This 4th of July

4th of July Dog

4th of July is here! We know you’re as excited about this holiday as we are, but your pets may not be as jazzed for the holiday. We wanted to provide some helpful tips to get you and your pup ready (and safe) for this fun holiday! 

Make sure your pup has a tag. Having an ID tag on your pup’s collar is not only important for day-to-day use, but especially important for holidays! Be sure that your pup’s tag has up-to-date information before the big holiday. This way, in the unfortunate event that they get lost, they can be returned to Metal Engravable Tagyou promptly!If you encounter a lost pet, check to see if they have an ID tag. If they do, contact their owner, if they don’t, we recommend you take them to your local animal shelter – they’ll have the best chance of being reunited with their owners there. Each year, animal shelters across the country are prepared for receiving “4th of July dogs” that run off during fireworks celebrations.

Refrain from feeding pets human food and drinks. Although we know you want everyone to try your amazing BBQ or refreshing margarita, we advise you to keep your pup out of this taste test, as any change in a pet’s diet can result in indigestion and diarrhea – yuck! Foods like onions, chocolate, avocado, grapes & raisins, salt and yeast dough and drinks like alcohol and coffee 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. The secret to making your pups happy while you and your guest feast? Have some yummy dog treats on hand – if your friends want to feed your pup, give them these!

Only apply sunscreen or insect repellent on dogs if it is specifically labeled for use on animals. If your pup eats any sunscreen and insect repellent that isn’t for animals, there’s a chance they can vomit, have diarrhea, have excessive thirst and drooling. Insect repellents that contain DEET are especially harmful and can lead to neurological problems.

Don’t let pups near matches and/or lighter fluid. Many types of matches contain chlorates, which if ingested can damage blood cells and lead to difficulty breathing, with the most severe cases resulting in kidney disease. Lighter fluid is also very harmful. It can cause skin irritation and if ingested, No Lighter Fluid Near Pupgastrointestinal irritation and central nervous system depression. If inhaled, aspiration pneumonia and breathing problems could develop. Moral of the story: don’t have matches or lighter fluid near your pup!

Keep citronella candles, insect coils and oil products away from pets. If a pet were to ingest any one of these products, it can lead to stomach irritation and possibly even central nervous system depression. Much like lighter fluid, when these oils are inhaled they can cause aspiration pneumonia.

NEVER leave your pets alone in a vehicle on hot days. Leaving the windows down and/or parking in the shade is not good enough! Temperatures rise very quickly inside a car and since dogs sweat differently than humans, they are not able to cool themselves down enough and can suffer from serious health effects, even death. Many states have made it illegal to leave a pet in a car during extreme weather. Think about how hot you are in your car when the A/C is off – it’s 10 times worse for your pup!

Never use fireworks around pets. Dogs can possibly suffer from severe burns and /or trauma if they get too close to any fireworks, whether or not they are used because fireworks contain toxic substances including arsenic, potassium nitrate and other heavy metals. The noise and sight of fireworks displays can also freak pets out, 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 you decide to have your pup join you during the fireworks show, we recommend wrapping them up in a blanket or a compressed shirt, like a Thundershirt, which can help relieve anxiety.

Bonus! Extra ways to get your pup prepped for the big day. If your pet is prone to anxiety, ask your
Take Your Dog for a Walkvet about ways to alleviate stress and anxiety prior to the holiday festivities. If you’re more into natural remedies, there are many natural calming products that may help with your pup’s anxiety. 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 Happy 4th of July!