How you and your pet can help the environment

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These days, most people are at least beginning to make a conscious effort to reduce their environmental footprint.  Pet owners are also trying to keep their pet’s paw prints light as well and fortunately, environmentally friendly pet supplies are becoming more and more readily available.  Eco-friendly pet supplies help keep your pet happier and healthier while improving the overall health of your household.

Statistics show that at least 62% of all US households include at least one pet. That breaks down to about 71.4 million homes. With the overwhelming interest in environmentally responsible pet products, manufacturers have listened to the consumers and eco-friendly pet merchandise is becoming big business.  For 2010, it estimated that $47.7 billion will be spent on our pets in the U.S.

Below is a list of products currently offered by The Mom & Paw Shop that will help you become greener pet owner.


Biodegradable Doggie Litter Bags

Business Bags with Bio-Degradable Bags

If you are a dog owner looking for environmentally friendly pet supplies consider purchasing biodegradable doggie litter bags.  If you clean up after our dogs using a plastic bag it will take decades for the plastic to breakdown.  However, the biodegradable option will decompose in only 18 months.  All of our poop bags are 100% degradable and we offer a selection of stylish bag dispensers as well (see left).  You can purchase these products from our online store by clicking here


Eco-Friendly Pet Beds

West Paw Designs' Organic Bumper Beds

The Mom & Paw Shop carries a large selection of eco-friendly pet beds.  Don’t worry, you can buy your dog or cat an eco-friendly bed without sacrificing comfort.  The bed shown above is the Organic Bumper Bed® made from West Paw Designs.  The Organic Bumper Bed® is made with a removable organic cotton cover, helping our Earth by reducing the amount of chemicals we put into the ground. The cushion used on the inside of the bed is made from 100% recycled IntelliLoft™, which was previously plastic soda bottles.  All of the West Paw Designs’ pet beds that we carry are made from recycled plastic bottles.  Since 2006, West Paw claims they have helped divert more than 4.03 million plastic bottles from landfills.

We also carry the Eco+ line pet beds from Bowsers Pet Products.  These beds are made from organic natural hemp fabrics as well as “Eco-Tech” fleece made from post consumer recycled soda bottles.  We are continually adding these products to our website so if you don’t see what you want, please let us know and we’ll be happy to order for you.

Remember…recycling is a cyclical process.  In order for it to work, consumers must buy products made from recycled materials!



Planet Dog's Orbee-Tuff Orbee Ball

In addition to buying toys made from recycled materials, buying durable, long lasting toys will allow you to consume less which, in turn, reduces your impact on the environment.  The Mom & Paw Shop specializes in durable toys but we also carry a growing selection of toys made from recycled materials.  Planet Dog and West Paw Designs seem to be leading the way in providing Eco-Friendly dog toys so look for these brands when visiting our toy section.  You can also read more about these brands by reading the “Looking for a long lasting, durable dog toy?” blog.


Organic Catnip

West Paw Designs' Barn Mouse

And let’s not forget about the cats!  Organically grown catnips avoid the use of dangerous chemicals and pesticides helping protect our environment and promoting sustainable agriculture practices. Your cat and the environment will appreciate organic catnip.


Collars and Leashes

There are a number of eco friendly options for collars and leashes that are stylish and durable. Recycled rubber collars are one example of an eco friendly option. They come in a variety of collars, have a look similar to leather, are waterproof and can stand up to your animal chewing at them.

Collars,  leashes, and harnesses made from hemp is another environmentally friendly option for your pet.  Hemp is a sustainable crop that does not require chemicals or pesticides to grow.  Hemp collars and leashes come in a variety of styles and collars and are extremely durable.

There’s no end to the types of products that can be made from recycled materials.  In addition to the items above, The Mom & Paw Shop carries dog bowl placemats and doormats  from Bowsers Pet Products that are made from recycled rubber tires. 

Although we are still a new company, we realize the importance of providing Eco-Friendly pet products to our customers and will continue to expand our selection so we can do our part in providing a greener planet for our pets to enjoy with us.


Traveling and flying with your dog

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Since the holiday season is all about spending time with their family, who wants to leave their dog home alone while they travel to visit loved ones. 

Air travel can be so unsettling for dogs.  For this reason, owners should always attempt to find alternatives to commercial airline travel for their pets, especially if you are going to have to check you animal in as cargo.

But sometimes traveling by air is inevitable. For those occasions, a little advance planning is the key to your dog’s comfort.  Following these guidelines from the American Kennel Club will save you unnecessary stress for you and your pup.

  • When traveling by plane, plan to visit your veterinarian before your trip. Certification of health must be provided no more than 10 days before travel. Rabies and vaccination certificates are also required. Your dog should be at least 8 weeks old and weaned.
  • Airlines make it clear that it is the owner’s responsibility to verify the dog’s health and ability to fly. Ask your veterinarian if it would be best for your dog to be tranquilized for the trip. Also be sure to check the temperature of the flight’s starting point and destination; it may be too hot or too cold to be safe for your dog.
  • Federal regulations prohibit shipping live animals as excess baggage or cargo if an animal will be exposed to temperatures that are below 45°F or above 85°F for more than four hours during departure, arrival, or while making connections.
  • Remember that each airline has its own variations on regulations and services. For example, if your crate doesn’t meet its requirements, the airline may not allow you to use it. They may, however, allow your dog in the passenger cabin if your crate or carrier fits under the seat in front of you.  For a list of each airlines rules and links to their pet travel policies, click here.
  • When making your reservations, you must make reservations for your dog. There are restrictions on the number of animals permitted. They are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

“Carry On Dogs”

For those dogs that are small enough to carry on, it is essential that you have a proper pet carrier to bring on the plane.  There are a number of things that you want to look for to ensure that your pet is as comfortable as possible on the plane.

Make sure that you get a carrier that has good carrying handles so that you can easily maneuver about the airport with your other bags as well.

Make sure that you get a carrier that is certified for use on the airline that you are using. A lot of these carriers are designed so that you can put them under the seat in front of you, so you need to make sure that the one that you go for has the right dimensions so that you can keep your dog nice and close by.

Ventilation and Viewing Windows
You want to make sure that there are plenty of ventilation slots so that your dog gets plenty of air. Some of these will also form viewing windows or mesh that enable you to easily check that your dog is doing OK without disturbing it.

Let’s face it, your dog might get a bit distressed by the changes in its environment and the cabin pressure, so it is quite likely them might make a bit of a mess in the carrier. Most good quality carriers are fully washable with removable inserts for easy cleaning.

If you have traveled with a dog before you will know that while it must be in the carrier at most times, there are various security checks where you will have to get it out of the bag. Often airports can be busy and rushed and these security points so you want to make sure you can get your dog out quickly and easily at these points so that your transition through to boarding can be as smooth as possible. Make sure that your carrier makes this easy for you and that you know how to use it prior to use.

Extra Pockets
Some airlines might limit you to one or two items of cabin baggage so if you carrier has plenty of extra pockets it will ensure that you can carry extra stuff with you easily.

If you get an airline pet carrier that has all these features then your pet will be comfortable and you will be able to have stress free journey.The Mom & Paw shop carries a selection of pet carriers that are guaranteed to be allowed on board and you can view them by CLICKING HERE.

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