dog health Archive

Pet Health: Help Those Hot Paws!

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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

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 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!

We’re Thankful for Our Furry Friends

Dogs Are Family

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our customers, two-legged and four-legged! To those adorning pet parents – thank you for choosing Muttropolis to help keep your pets healthy, safe, stylish and spoiled! And to all those furry customers – thank you for bringing us joy! You are why we love doing what we do, and for that we are very thankful.

In the spirit of giving thanks, we thought it was only fitting to take a moment to remember some of the many reasons why we’re thankful for our furry friends.

Pets…

…love unconditionally.

…are part of the family.

…brighten up each day.

…are easy to please.

…enjoy the simple things.

…teach responsibility.

…keep us active.

…are great snuggle buddies.

…put things in perspective.

…live in the moment.

We are all fortunate for the pets in our lives, but there are many furry friends that don’t have a home, and we’re thankful for them too. In an effort to help those dogs and cats find a family and forever home, we hold monthly adoptions at each of our stores. So if you live in Southern California and are looking to add to your furry family, or know someone who is, we would love to see you at one of our upcoming adoption events. You may meet a new furry friend to make family! And if you aren’t in the area but are looking for a new pet, we urge you to adopt and save a life.

Join us in giving thanks, for the love and lessons that our pets provide, and if you are feeling like spoiling your furry friend, now is the time. Save 25% storewide through Monday December 2nd. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Save 25% Storewide

Mutt Tested & Approved: Liquid Health K9 Glucosamine

We always
love to share the exciting, adorable and just plain fun products with you, but
sometimes we have to get a little serious when it comes to our pets' health.
There are so many nutritional products out there, it's hard to know which ones
to trust. You may have noticed that our Natural Dog Supplements department doesn't
take up aisles and aisles of floor space and there's a reason for that – we
only pick the best! 

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Limited
mobility was a common problem we heard from our customers as their dogs grew
older, so we sought out to find the best solution to keep those pups playing
long into the later years of life. Did you know that roughly 25% of all dogs
develop joint mobility issues over their lifetime? It’s a very unfortunate
occurrence, but we knew there had to be something out there to help. So we
started researching and that's when we found Liquid Health K9 Glucosamine, an
liquid all-natural vitamin supplement formulated to help your dog continue
to enjoy an active lifestyle while managing their joint problems.

Compared
to some of it's competitors, we liked that K-9 Glucosamine contained no sugar,
starch, wheat, gluten, yeast, milk, corn, or soy derivatives and because it is
in liquid form, your pup is able to absorb the nutrients quickly and
efficiently, offering much quicker results than tablets. Active ingredients include
glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, MSM, manganese chelate, and hyaluronic acid.
Inactive ingredients include 100% pure aloe vera juice, citric acid, potassium
sorbate, purified water, sodium benzoate, stevia, and vegetable glycerin. For
more specific nutrition facts, you can refer to the K9 Glucosamine product description on Muttropolis.com.

Liquid Health K9 Glucosamine
Liquid Health 5000
The
manufacturer suggests it's best to include K9 Glucosamine in your pup’s regime
at a young age rather than waiting until they are experiencing joint problems.
They say starting early
is highly beneficial as the glucosamine and chondroitin are both easily
absorbed natural substances that may stimulate the production of proteoglycans
which help maintain health and resiliency of joints and connective
tissues. We've tested this out with our
own dogs over the past few years and so far there haven't been any major joint
issues as they age.

Liquid Health K9 Glucosamine
is sold in 8oz and 32oz sizes, each with
specific dosing instructions included on the packaging. Doses should be
administered during or after your dog has eaten to reduce incidence of
gastrointestinal upset. Refrigeration is required after opening, and please
keep in mind that as with any natural product, color and taste may vary and
some settling is normal so shake well before administering.  

We have
found Liquid Health to be the most comprehensive line of liquid
nutritional supplements available for people and animals. The company filled a
niche back in 1991 with their liquid formulas as they are not only a solution
for those who have a problem swallowing pills or digesting tablets, they also
provide quicker, more efficient absorption.


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If you
think you may need a more powerful version of K9 Glucosamine, the
same manufacturer offers Liquid Health 5000 which is a stronger
formula. Or, if you are interested in an all-natural multivitamin for
your pup, they also make Liquid Health Fido Nutrients, which is packed
with a balance if healthy vitamins and minerals. You can find any of these
products online at Muttropolis.com or in one of our three Southern
California Muttropolis store locations.