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Ways to Reduce Carbon Pawprints

Puppy WorldHappy Earth Day everyone! Here at Muttropolis we strive to have a pulse on what’s innovative, and eco-friendly pet products are just that! Organic dog toys, collars and leashes, biodegradable poop bags, and eco-friendly pet beds, are just a few of the many planet friendly pet products we are proud to carry. In celebration of Earth Day, we’d like to take it a step further and share some of our favorite eco-friendly pet practices. It's our hope that you and your pets will join us in reducing carbon pawprints by adopting some of these practices, not only on Earth Day, but everyday!

100% NaturalGet rid of pet junk food. Since nutrition is essential for optimum pet health, it's important to look for natural and organic pet food and treats, free of artificial and genetically engineered ingredients and additives. Look for meat sources that are raised in sustainable, humane conditions. Many pet food brands include reconstituted animal by-products, essentially low-grade wastes that humans wouldn’t touch, let alone eat. At Muttropolis, we carry a large variety of safe, All Natural Dog Food, All Natural Dog Treats, Natural Dog Supplements, and a small assortment of All Natural Cat Food and Treats as well.

PoopbagsPick up poop the biodegradable way. 
Use biodegradable bags to pick up your pet’s poop so that it doesn’t live in a plastic bag at the bottom of a landfill, lasting for hundreds of years to come. We carry eco-friendly poop pick-up bags, some more so than others, with White Compostable Pick-up Bags at the top of the environmentally friendly list. They are made from 100% renewable resources, protecting the environment by degrading in as little as 40 days.

Spoil your pet with sustainable products. Saving the planet can be fun for your pets too! Choose products that are made from recycled materials or sustainable fibers. Hemp is a great choice, as it is one of the most abundantly occurring crops in nature and makes super-strong fabric. Check out our Hemp Star Dog Collar and Leash set that was seen on the CBS Early Show, or the popular Eco Nap Recycled Fleece Dog Mat, made from 85% recycled plastic soda bottles! Our sustainable product assortment doesn’t stop there, with many more toys and beds that are made from recyclable fibers, or made to be recycled.

Eco Nap Recycled Fleece Dog MatChoose natural pet care and cleaning products. We carry quite a few grooming products that are all natural and free of harsh chemicals, such as Richard’s Organics Deodorant Dog Shampoo and Petkin’s Eco Bamboo Pet Wipes and Eye Wipes, all gentle on your pet and the planet. Steer clear of those brands that produce chemical laced grooming products.

Make sure your pet always wears a tag. Losing a pet can be trying both emotionally and environmentally. Printing posters and driving around town in search of your missing four-legged friend has an environmental impact that could be avoided if you were alerted quickly that they were found. Whether you choose an electronic ID chip or a hang tag, the important thing is that your contact information is easily accessible. Our large Engravable Pet Tag assortment can be found at Muttropolis.com,  Large Chrome Bone Engravable Dog Tagand includes Chrome Pet Tags in a variety of shapes, Stainless Steel Pet Tags with different image and color options, and Decorate Metal Pet Tags. There is a style and size suitable for every pet!

ChickadeeProtect native wildlife. Believe it or not, domestic cats are one of the biggest bird predators. In fact, many neighborhoods require owners to attach a bell to their cat’s collar so that birds are less likely to fall victim. Unlike wild predators, house cats tend to be well taken care of and in great shape, making them ready to pounce at the chance to hunt. If you have an outdoor cat, consider a bell or keeping them in an enclosure.

Use birth control. Many of you probably haven’t thought of spaying and neutering as an eco-conscious decision, but the overpopulation of pets is a big problem and has a significant effect on the environment. Dogs and cats are carnivores and it takes a lot of land to provide them food. It makes you think differently about an accidental litter, doesn’t it? An added bonus, spaying and neutering can lead to longer, healthier lives by lessening and/or eliminating the possibility of certain cancers and disease.

Adopt from a shelter. If you’re in the market for a four-legged addition to your family, we urge you to consider adoption. Instead of diving into the adoption topic in this post, please head over to our adoption post where you can learn more about adoptions and our point of view on the matter.

Adoption

Now is as good a time as ever to start reducing your pet’s carbon pawprints! Visit us online or in one of our three Southern California store locations to shop our eco-friendly collection and learn more about planet friendly pet practices.

Wag Worthy Ways to Show Your Pup Some Love

Valentine's Day

Just one week ‘til Valentine’s Day, do you have something prepared for your pup? Whether you answered yes or no, here are a few excellent ideas to show your forever friend their special place in your heart.

Take a scenic walk. How does that saying go…variety is the spice of life! Instead of taking your usual stroll, cruise around your neighborhood in a different direction with your four-legged friend, or jump in the car and explore a new park, beach or trail. Your pup will enjoy the change of scenery and additional quality time with you.

Arrange a play date. Catching up with a friend over a cup of Joe, afternoon stroll, or evening on the town always leaves you feeling happier, right? Well pups love time with friends too! If your dog plays nicely with other dogs, invite another friendly pup over for a play date or set up a walk together. Socialization is great for dogs, especially with the additional exercise that comes with playtime.

Dog Play Date

Make them a new toy. If your pup loves playtime then adding new toys to their collection is a great way to keep them entertained. But another, environmentally friendly option is to make a new tug and toss worthy toy with old scraps of fabric. Old clothes, sheets, towels, whatever you have that can be saved from landing in the trash will work. Simply cut your fabric into strips, braid together and tie a knot at each end. Voila, your pup gets a new toy and you get green points!

All NaturalUpgrade their diet. Just like us, our pups can feel the effects of different foods. Reading labels is a great habit to make. Foods with little to no chemical preservatives and fewer processed ingredients are without a doubt going to provide your pup with better digestion and overall health. This doesn’t mean sacrificing taste, as many all-natural dog foods are not only nutritious, but delightfully delicious! Remember that any diet change should be introduced gradually to allow the digestive system to adjust.

Update their furnishings. Sleeping and eating are staples in every dog’s daily routine. Let’s start with the latter. Meal time may be most dogs’ favorite time of the day, so show your pup some love by letting them dine in style! A new bowl, feeder or treat jar would all fit the bill. But second to dining, or maybe even more enjoyed, is snoozing. There are an abundance of dog bed options on the market, so rest assured with our tips on how to pick the perfect dog bed for your pup.

Dog Sleeping

Give them a massage. Pamper your pup with a good massage, it will promote healing and bonding! It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, and an easy internet search will provide some tips on technique. Canine massage has been shown to increase circulation, reduce stress levels, and decrease muscle pain. Just stay aware of signs of discomfort and non-compliance to ensure it is an enjoyable experience for your four-legged friend.

Lavish them in green grooming. Clean is a great feeling, whether you’re furry or not. Have you ever seen a pup run around with glee after getting a bath? They love the refreshing feeling, but sometimes they aren’t so fond of the process. Many dogs have dry skin and allergies, so selecting gentle grooming products that are free of harsh chemicals is a must. Whether you are your pup’s groomer or you drop them off at the spa, be sure the products applied are safe and health friendly.

Dog Grooming

Ensure their safety. Saying goodbye to someone you love is hard, and in some cases, canine especially, can be avoided. Your pup should always wear a dog collar and ID tag, that way in the unfortunate event that they get lost the finder can reunite them with you. Many pet owners like to take their safety processions a step further and get their dog micro chipped. Part of loving your pup is keeping them safe!

Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your furry friends from Muttropolis!

Dig This Deal: 20% Off The Honest Kitchen Food & Treats in January

The Honest KitchenWhat better way to start the New Year for your pup then to provide them with a delicious and nutritious all-natural raw food diet? We’re here to help you start with savings by offering 20% off all The Honest Kitchen food and treats for the whole month of January. The Honest Kitchen’s products are 100% guaranteed human-grade from farm to bowl.

100% Human-Grade ProductionLucy, the founder of The Honest Kitchen, describes the origination and vision behind the brand very simply by saying “I began making a raw diet for my own dog, Mosi, but wanted to find a way for it to be more convenient to prepare. That’s where the idea for dehydration came from: just removing the moisture and leaving all the whole food goodness in place, for a nutrient-rich diet that expands into a healthy meal when water is added.”

The Honest Kitchen Pet FoodThere are a lot of choices when searching for the proper diet for your pet. The Honest Kitchen takes the guess work out of that process by only producing the healthiest food possible. Like raw home cooked meals, The Honest Kitchen recipes are made from real, whole food ingredients that offer a fresh, minimally processed pet food option. Healthy, nutritionally balanced meals just need the addition of water before serving, making life much easier for you.

Pet Food Comparison Chart

As Lucy mentioned, dehydration removes only the moisture from the ingredients, eliminating the need for cooking or canning so much more of the natural nutrition (vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients) is maintained. For more information about the benefits, ingredients, and the dehydration process, visit The Honest Kitchen’s website. They’re even committed to reducing their environmental paw-print!

The Honest Kitchen Dog and Cat TreatsOur Treat of the Month promotion on The Honest Kitchen runs from January 1st to January 31st, so shop our wide selection online or in one of our Southern California store locations to enjoy these sizzling savings! Online customers can redeem this special 20% offer by using the code HONEST at checkout.

Dig This Deal: Stella & Chewy’s Freeze-Dried Food & Treats are on Sale!

Stella & Chewy

It’s time
for another Treat of the Month sale,
and like last month we’re extending our promotion to not only include treats,
but food too! This means that all Stella
& Chewy’s
freeze-dried varieties are on sale for the whole month of
October! Customers can enjoy 20% off Stella & Chewy’s food, and a Buy 2,
Get 1 Free incentive for Stella & Chewy’s treat purchases.

Stella's Super Beef DinnerStella
& Chewy’s freeze-dried food provides 100%
complete and balanced nutrition
. Each variety is made from naturally-raised
meat, poultry or fish, all sourced from USDA-inspected facilities, with organic
fruits and vegetables included. Cranberries, carrots, apples, spinach, broccoli
and beets are a few ingredients often found in Stella & Chewy’s food. Healthful,
direct-fed microorganisms (probiotics), natural tocopherols, chelated trace
minerals, taurine, and essential vitamins and minerals are also added.
Discerning pups can choose from Beef, Chicken, Duck and Goose, Lamb, Surf ‘N
Turf, Venison and Rabbit. All varieties are grain-free with no fillers,
artificial preservatives, colorings, added hormones, antibiotics, sugar or
salt. More specific nutrition
information
can be found on our website. With the benefits of raw food and
the convenience of dry food, Stella & Chewy’s is an excellent choice for
canines and their owners!

Chicken Carnivore KissesWe carry
two all-natural, freeze-dried Stella & Chewy’s treat options, Carnivore
Crunch and Carnivore Kisses. Carnivore Crunch treats are all-natural formed
morsels and Carnivore Kisses are diced, all meat treats. Both can be given
whole as a training reward or
crumbled over food at meal times for added
flavor and nutrition
. Crunch comes in Beef, Chicken, Salmon and Duck, and Kisses
in Beef, Chicken and Duck. Like Stella & Chewy’s freeze-dried food, these
treats also provide the benefits of raw with the convenience of being dry.

Not familiar
with freeze-drying? It is a process that enables food manufacturers to remove
the moisture from their products while retaining nutritional value. Duck Carnivore CrunchNo cooking
is involved in this process. The product is first frozen and then put into a
freeze dryer on trays. The trays are placed on shelves that receive very low
levels of heat. Powerful pumps inside the freeze dryer generate very cold
temperatures and create a vacuum. That heat applied to the shelves causes the
ice within the meat to turn directly into water vapor, skipping the liquid
stage altogether. This takes the product from frozen to freeze-dried without
every being thawed or cooked, which is why the nutritional value is retained.

Our Treat of the Month promotions on Stella
& Chewy’s freeze-dried food and treats runs from October 1st
through October 31st. Stop in to one of our Southern
California store locations
or visit us online to save! Online customers can redeem these special offers at
Muttropolis.com by using the code STELLA for 20% off food and CHEWY for the Buy 2, Get 1 Free treat incentive.

Dig This Deal: Save 20% on Primal, a no-fuss way to feed raw!

We’re
kicking off September with a scrumptious sale! Our Treat of the Month
includes all Primal Freeze Dried Treats and Food, yes you heard us right food is
included in this months offer! So, for the whole month of September you can
enjoy 20% off on Primal formulas.

Treat of the Month - Primal

Primal Freeze
Dried Food
formulas for both dogs and cats are produced using only the
freshest, human-grade ingredients. All formulas are antibiotic and steroid free
without any added hormones. Certified organic produce, minerals, and unrefined
vitamins are incorporated in each formula to provide a complete balanced diet.
The ingredients are carefully chosen to provide optimum levels of amino acids
(protein), essential fatty acids, natural occurring enzymes, and necessary
vitamins and minerals, providing pets with the building blocks for healthy
biological functions. Every ingredient comes from ranches and farms throughout
the United States and New Zealand
Primal Freeze Dried Dog Foodthat take pride in producing wholesome raw foods through natural, sustainable
agriculture. These freeze dried formulas not only offer a well-balanced, safe
and wholesome raw-food diet for pets, they also provide convenience for pet
parents. Choosing Primal really does offer a no-fuss way to feed raw by doing the
grinding, chopping, measuring and mixing for you! We carry Chicken, Duck, Beef
and Lamb formulas for dogs and a Beef & Salmon or Chicken & Salmon formulas
for cats. 

We also
carry a variety of Primal Dog and Cat Treats including dry roasted varieties,
freeze dried munchies and jerky choices. Primal Dry Roasted Chicken Shredders,
Dry Roasted Buffalo Liver Chunks and Jerky Chicken Chips are all made from USA raised
protein sources without any antibiotics or added hormones. They are all single-source,
high protein, gluten and grain free choices. Primal Freeze Dried Turkey Liver
Munchies
and Jerky Chicken Nibs are unique because they are suitable for dogs
and cats. Like the other Primal treat options they are gluten and grain free
and made from USA
raised protein sources without any antibiotics or added hormones. Further information
on each of these products, including guaranteed analyses, can be found on at
Muttropolis.com

Primal Jerky Chicken Nibs Dog Treats
Primal Freeze Dried Turkey Liver Munchies Dog TreatsPrimal Dry Roasted Buffalo Liver Chunks Dog Treats 

Our Treat
of the Month
promotion on Primal Freeze Dried Food and Treats runs from September
1st through September 30th, so act fast and visit us
online or in stores to enjoy these savings! Online customers can redeem
this special 20% offer at Muttropolis.com by using the code PRIMAL20 during checkout.

Teaming Up To Promote Pet Heath & Wellness At The Encinitas Pet Health Expo

We’re happy
to announce our attendance at this year’s Encinitas
Pet Health Expo
on Sunday, June 2nd. The expo is an excellent
opportunity for pets and owners to enjoy an array of fun activities while
promoting better health and wellbeing across the pet population. Doors open at
9:30AM and admission is free for all two-legged and four-legged attendees!

Main

Activities
will include professional pet photos, grooming, a contest for the “Best Trick”,
and a neuter scooter clinic. Informational booths, vendors and rescue
organizations will also be in attendance, giving away free goodies and prizes
as well as information and ideas to encourage pet health and wellness. At our Muttropolis booth, we will be handing
out delicious and nutritious food samples from our vast assortment of All Natural Dog Food. We will also be
offering visitors the chance to win a $25 Muttropolis Gift Card by signing up
for our raffle.  

In addition
to all of the fun and informative festivities, the County Department of Animal
Services will be on site offering dog licensing, rabies shots and
micro-chipping for residents of Carlsbad, Encinitas, Solana Beach, Del Mar,
Santee, San Diego and unincorporated San Diego.

This year’s
expo will be held at the Encinitas
Civic Center
located at 505 S. Vulcan Ave., Encinitas, California
92024
. It will
run from 9:30AM to 1:00PM and as mentioned admission is free for all. So mark
your calendar for June 2nd and join us in this movement to make a
positive impact on your pet’s life and the lives of pets everywhere!