dog safety Archive

An Innovative Way to Keep Coyotes Out

Does the threat of your pet encountering coyotes keep you up at night? For pet owners down here in Southern California, it's an alarming reality, and it's all too often that we hear about pets getting taken by coyotes. Being animal lovers ourselves, we've found it hard to find a humane way to discourage these ruthless hunters from hurting our furry family members, until now. We recently came across a solution that is not only humane but also effective, called Coyote Rollers.

Coyote Rollers on Fence

Coyote Rollers are a patented ribbed roller that mounts to the top of a fence. The idea is that when a coyote tries to leap over to attack your pet, they have to grab hold of the top of the fence to pull their body over, but with Coyote Rollers installed they’re unable to latch on. Instead, their paws or legs slip on the roller and they’re forced to fall off. The series of images below demonstrate this.

Coyote Rollers

Roll Guard Incorporated, the manufacturer of Coyote Rollers, says that hundreds of these systems have been installed in homes and businesses across the United States. Not only are people choosing Coyote Rollers to protect their pets, they are also used to keep animals in yards and kennels, protect livestock, protect chicken coops, and to prevent birds from landing on the edges of signs, or other areas they shouldn’t be landing. The versatility of Coyote Rollers is providing a solution for many needs.

Coyote Rollers are manufactured in the USA. Constructed of aluminum tubing, UV resistant polymeric materials, and stainless steel components, they are made to withstand the elements for a lifetime. Our friends at Coyote Rollers are offering our customers a 5% discount. To take advantage of this discount, and to learn more about Coyote Rollers, visit their website where you’ll find additional product information, pictures, videos, dealer information and more. Enter code muttropolis5 at checkout for your 5% savings.

Since we have not used Coyote Rollers we cannot speak to their effectiveness, but we think the company has a great mission and their product is very innovative. If you are looking for a solution to keep coyotes out, we always recommend some further research to find the right fit for your yard.

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!

Get Back to the Basics for Your Pup

Now that we’re all back in the swing of things, with New Years festivities behind us, it’s a great time to get back to basics! To us, basics are those things you wouldn’t want to, or shouldn’t have to, live without. So what would those basics be for your pup? Worry not, because we’ve got you covered with four categories that are important in maintaining your pup’s happiness, health and safety.

Dog ToysDog Grooming

Toys – Having fun is definitely a basic need, so be sure your pup has the right kind of toys to keep their endorphins up! Our vast assortment includes plush, interactive, toss and retrieve, tough, rubber, and funny dog toys. With an array of options, you’re sure to find at least a few your pup will fancy, tempting them to up their playtime.

Grooming – Every dog gets dirty, so grooming supplies are essential to keep your pup feeling fresh, smelling good and staying clean. Our grooming supplies include dog shampoos, conditioners, sprays and more. We recently started carrying BASS brushes, an excellent choice to aid you in keeping your pup’s coat tangle free. For nearly 30 years, BASS has designed, produced and sold the finest professional hairbrushes, and now they’ve created an innovative line of pet grooming brushes. And don’t forget about dental care. Keeping your pet’s gums healthy reduces bacteria and helps to keep them infection free. Dog toothbrushes and toothpaste are must-haves, but dental dog treats and dental dog toys are also excellent supplemental ways to fight plaque.

Dog DiningDog Collars

Dining – Food is an undeniable basic, a staple, an essential for a healthy life, and much like us, our pets have evolved to enjoy their meals served in some sort of bowl or feeder. Our dining department is stocked with dog bowls, raised dog feeders, treat jars and dog placemats. When determining which style is right for your pup, consider height. Raised feeders and bowls are recommended by veterinarians as they help your pup not to gulp down their food, thereby reducing air intake, and you guessed it, air outtake

Collars – We recommend regular walks to keep your pup fit and full of life, and what’s needed for a walk? A dog collar of course! Without a collar you can’t attach a leash, or an engravable pet tag, another basic we recommend to keep your pet safe. Whether your four-legged friend is big or small, likes to pull or keeps a calm pace, is a fashionista or prefers to look classic, our dog collar assortment includes just the right collar to meet their needs and suit their personality.

We could go on and on about other beneficial basics, but you get the gist. Visit us in-store or online to shop for these, and other, essentials for your pup. We’d love to help your pup get back to basics!

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!

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

The Pursuit for the Perfect Dog Collar

Shopping for Dog CollarsWhether your four-legged family member is a fashionista or an avid outdoor explorer, moves at a slow pace or constantly pulls on the reigns, we have just the right dog collar to meet their needs. Looking for a new dog collar can be confusing, especially with such a plethora of different sizes, styles, materials and more to choose from! This is why we’ve compiled some tips to help guide you towards the right collar. To get started, we like to consider a few features including size, durability, safety and ability to clean.

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SIZE

Unfortunately there is not a set of standard sizes for pets like there are for humans, so it’s very important to always look closely at the sizing for each collar you are considering. For the ideal fit, you will want to allow for one to three fingers to fit between the collar and your dog’s neck, depending on your dog’s size.So, when you measure your pup’s neck, Dog Collar Sizingbe sure to place the appropriate number of fingers underneath the measuring tape to find the true size.Below is a breakdown of how many fingers we advise according the size of the dog.

Small Size Dog (20 pounds or less) – 1 finger’s width
Medium / Average Sized Dog – 2 finger’s width
Extra Large Dog – 3 finger’s width

 

DURABILITY

Soft Italian Leather Dog CollarDurability comes from both the fabric used to construct a collar as well as the closure. Quality nylon webbing is a sure bet when it comes to strength and durability! But leather collars can also provide the strength your pup needs, and quality leather softens with wear for a very comfortable fit. One thing to watch out for if you choose leather is potential wear around the buckle, so stay mindful of that.

Most nylon collars have plastic buckle closures. If you are purchasing your pup’s new collar in a store, be sure to open and close the buckle a few times and give the collar a good tug when closed to ensure it doesn’t pop open with force. If you choose a collar that has a traditional metal buckle and loops, you don’t have to worry about the risk of the collar popping open per say, but make sure that the hardware is quality and solidly secured on the collar.

Stars Leather Dog Collar   Navy and Orange Chevron Dog Collar Merlot Oxford Stripe Dog Collar  Stars Leather Dog Collar

SAFETY

Safety correlates quite a bit with durability, so be sure to cross-check the quality of the material and closures, but there are a few other things to be mindful of as well. Many pups need collars specific to training. These collars are often referred to as “slip,” “choke” or “martingale” collars, and are made with mostly leather or nylon with additional nylon or a chain link. This design is used to reduce tugging with a swift, clean correction. We don’t recommend using training collars everyday, just went necessary or until the behavior is corrected.

   Martingale Training Dog Collars

Another safety concern that many small dog owners face is pressure on a pup’s neck. For smaller breeds, placing pressure on the neck, specifically the tracheal area, can cause coughing, gagging or choking. Harnesses are a great option for pups that have trouble with pulling, as they control the dog without placing pressure on their neck or back, but instead around the chest and breastbone.

It’s important to also be mindful of visibility when it is dark out. Check out our Night Safety Tips to learn the importance of outfitting your pups in the appropriate gear to ensure they are seen when it is dark out. We carry a collection of lighted and reflective collars to help keep your pup safe.

 

CLEANING Ruffwear Waterproof and Reflective Dog Collar

Is your pup extra active, often getting messy or playing in the water? If so, then a waterproof collar might be the perfect solution. Specially made to not absorb moisture, retain dirt and harbor bacteria, waterproof collars generally stay clean as is. And if your pup does manage to get them dirty, all you need to do is rinse the collar under warm water.

For those pups that aren’t quite as active or messy, but still need their collar to be freshened up from time to time, there are many nylon and fabric collar options that are easy to hand wash, or are machine washable. But pay special attention to the instructions on each collar, as many cannot be machine dried.

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Velvet Dog CollarOnce you’ve considered these key collar features, it’s time to search out the style that best fits you and your pup’s personality. Colors, patterns, embellishments and more! Our astute buying team has made Muttropolis the best place to shop for the latest, design-driven and functional collars. Our selection is one of the widest in the pet products marketplace, so take a look for yourself, as we’d love to outfit your pup with their next new collar!

Muttropolis collar categories include Fabric + Nylon Collars, Stripes, Plaids + Solid Fabric Collars, Leather Collars, Sparkle Collars, Training Collars, Teacup Collars, Lighted or Reflective Collars, and Holiday Collars, all of which can be found in stores or online.

Leather Dog Collars Holiday Dog Collars Pattern Dog Collars Striped Dog CollarsSparkle Dog Collars

Night Safety Products & Tips, Just in Time for Halloween!

Dog Night Safety
As darkness continues to set in, we are here to help protect
your pup! Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 3rd, which
means our evenings will be much shorter than we’d like. Since the safety and
health of your pets is our top priority at Muttropolis, we’re dedicated to
finding the latest and most innovative products to help diminish any danger walking
in the dark may bring. 

 

Many people don’t realize how mindful and prepared you
should be before going out in the early morning or late evening for walks or
runs with your four-legged friends. Venturing out without lights and/or
reflective gear can put our pups, and yourself, in harms way. Visibility is
poor when it is dark out, which means it is harder for you to see obstacles of
all sort, and for those live obstacles to see you. With that said, it is
crucial to use caution and be outfitted with the appropriate safety products.

 

Lighted Dog CollarLighted collars and leashes are hands-down our number one
recommendation. Unlike reflective products, lighted products provide
illumination even when light isn’t shining on them. Our Lighted Dog Collar and Lighted
Dog Leash
are
innovative and fashionable. They are made by Pup Protector with
cutting edge thermoplastic polyurethane and bright LED lights and feature three
settings. Pup Protector is a brand built on the mission to protect pups from
danger when it is dark out. Their products are durable, versatile, stylish and
sleek, and offer benefits far beyond keeping your four-legged friend safe
during early morning or late night walks and runs. When you choose a Pup
Protector collar and leash, you’re also able to:

 

(1) Easily spot your dog off leash

(2) Distinguish your dog in a large pack or at a dog park

(3) Keep an eye on your dog in your yard

(4) Differentiate between multiple dogs by choosing collars
with different LED colors

 

Ruffwear Beacon Dog Safety LightLooking for a little less light? Or have a non-lighted,
non-reflective collar and leash set that you’d like to continue to use in the
dark? Then safety lights are an
excellent choice for you. They easily attach to a collar, leash, or apparel. We
carry the Ruffwear Beacon Dog Safety
Light.
I
t
is lightweight, compact and clips on quickly and easily.
Featuring a high-intensity LED, it creates a halo of red light around the dog
and offers multiple blinking modes. Like a lighted collar or leash, this is an
excellent choice to ensure your pup is seen and can see. We recommend
purchasing more than one, that way you can wear one too. It’s better to be safe
than sorry!

 

Reflective collars and leashes, as well as reflective dog apparel, are also helpful in
low-light conditions. They increase visibility as long as there are lights
around to reflect off of them, so if you and your pup venture out near street
lights, building lights or headlights, then reflective products may be good for
the two of you. However, to stay on the safest side, we recommend reflective
products to accompany lighted products. We carry a wide selection across both
of these categories, many products made by reputable brands Ruffwear and RC Pets Products.

 

Ruffwear Knot-a-Just Reflective Dog Collar
Nylon Barrel Chested Dog Jacket

Even if you and your pup are outfitted with all the best
lighted and/or reflected products, be sure to always use caution and maintain an attitude of awareness. It’s a great
idea to carry a flashlight, that way you can stay in control of your
visibility. Many of our customers find headlamps useful. They free up your
hands and provide lots of light!

 

Sidewalks or walking trails are ideal, but if you have to
walk along a roadside, be sure to walk
against traffic
. That way you and yo
ur pup can easily see the traffic
coming and vice versa. And remember, what you wear makes a difference too! Veer
away from dark clothing and invest in something reflective, or take our
suggestion and purchase an extra safety light. Improving your visibility only
increases your combined visibility, and thus increases your safety.

 

So
suite up your pup (and yourself) for night safety and
don’t forget to always stay alert. The safety products discussed in the
post, and many others, can be found in any one of our three Southern
California store locations or online at Muttropolis.com.

 

We wish you and your furry friends a safe and
Happy Halloween!

20% Off Buddy Belt Harnesses For One Week Only!

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Buddy Belts, our most popular harness, are 20%
off for one week only! This special offer started today and runs through Monday,
May 20th. Buddy Belt leashes
are on sale too, so it is the perfect time to purchase a brand new combination
for your pup. These humane harnesses not only come highly recommended by customers,
veterinarians rave about them too as they provide safe and secure
comfort and control.

Layered
With a collar-like
design, Buddy Belts are made to eliminate stress on the pet’s neck. Traditional
neck collars can cause unnecessary strain and discomfort which can result in
damage to the trachea and/or spine of the pet. Buddy Belts provide a high
quality, fashionable and functional solution for this hazardous occurrence. With a
unique, easy to us step-in design, Buddy Belt harnesses offer optimum upper
mobility, allowing pets to move naturally. Each harness fastens between the
shoulder blades and the pet’s front legs extend through two holes. We carry a
wide variety of colors in both Buddy Belt harnesses and leashes, all
handcrafted from 100% soft double-layered leather.

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As
mentioned, this special 20% offer will only be valid through Monday May 20th,
so act fast! Customers can visit any one of our Muttropolis store locations or visit Muttropolis.com to shop our Buddy Belt assortment. Online customers
must use coupon code BUDDYUP at checkout to receive their discount.