Toxic Pet Toys. Are there alternatives?

We all love to buy toys for our furry friends, but have you stopped to take a look at where it is made, or what sort of materials it is made from?  More than 80% of all toys are made in China. In the past decade, toys made in China, have repeatedly been shown to be toxic. Many of these toxins, can be quite harmful to your pet if they are chewing on it, or happen to digest it.

Research has been conducted on both cat and dog toys selected at random, from dollar stores, to grocery stores, to pet shops.  The results are shocking.  The substances they tested positive for – lead, antimony, arsenic, cadmium, chromium and mercury – can seriously damage the nervous system, and can enter the body through breathing, the skin and contaminated food. These toxic toys not only poison pets when chewed or touched, but can enter the body through the air they breathe.

It seems as though there should be some sort of regulation or standards that are enforced to protect our pets, however, that is not the case. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) checks the safety of all toys intended for humans. Maximum levels of certain toxins are enforced when it comes to children’s toys. Unfortunately, there are no organizations regularly testing animal toys, and there are no federal standards regarding pet toys.

There are conflicting opinions regarding the severity of these levels of lead and other heavy metals in pet products. Because of the lack of federal regulation at this time, it is up to you, the pet owner, to determine your level of concern.  However, there are safe alternatives.

At Eco Dogs and Cats, we carry a wide variety of safe, environmentally friendly and non-toxic toys for both cats and dogs.

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Planet Dog Orbee Tuff Bone

Planet Dog carries a wide variety of safe and non-toxic toys for dogs. All of their toys are made in the USA, non-toxic, durable, recyclable, and come from a company that values sustainability.  Check out our line of Planet Dog’s toys here.

 

 

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West Paw Design Tizzi

West Paw is another fabulous company that features wonderful toys for cats and dogs.  West Paw design believes in sustainable practices, and operates a eco-friendly facility in Montana.  All of the products they sell adhere to a strict safety and quality standard, are made in the USA, and are non-toxic to your pets.  Search through our West Paw items for cats and dogs here.

 

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SImply Fido Millie the Cow

Simply Fido is based in New York and all of their pet toys are made from organic materials, sustainably sourced and safe for your pets. They are committed to offering safe and chemical free products.  You can shop our Simply Fido line here.

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Beco is based in the United Kingdom and offers a full line of bamboo based dishes, litter trays and litter scoops, but they also offer safe, durable and ethical toys for your cat.  These Beco cat toys are made from recycled plastic, double stitched for durability and ethically manufactured. Shop our line of Beco cat toys here.

We also carry From the Field, Bihler FlexKatie’s Bumpers, and much more.  You can shop our full line of dog toys here, and our full line of cat toys here.

 

It’s Beco! Bowls, scoops, toys & more!

Introducing Beco!  

This wonderful and amazing line of all natural bamboo supplies is made especially for cats and dogs.  This Beco collection is from the United Kingdom and is not widely available here in the United States. These items are 100% biodegradable and will last for years in your home. However, once in the landfill it will begin to break down naturally.

Beco has a full line of cat and dog food bows, litter trays and scoops for cats, and food scoops for those large bags of dry food.  These items are durable, lightweight, easy to clean and come in a variety of colors including: Blue, Green and Natural.  In addition to the line of dishes and scoops, we also carry catnip toys.  These toys are bright, colorful, catnip filled, and very durable.  They are sure to please even the pickiest of kitties!

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Cat Bowl

The Beco Bowl for cats has a lower rim so that our feline friend’s sensitive whiskers don’t brush up against the sides making dinner time much easier. Many sophisticated cats may refuse to eat out of a metal or plastic bowl but because our bamboo plastic is toxin free they will happily eat out of these bowls.

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Food Scoop

With their heavy weight design, Beco Scoops have a unique quality. Unlike most flimsy plastic scoops, this Food Scoop is strong and durable.

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Litter Scoop

The Beco Litter Scoop has been made from our sturdy plant fibre plastic – this makes it much stronger than normal plastic scoops which means you can reach the bin without spilling litter all over the floor!

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Litter Tray

The attractive Beco Tray has a high back hood and push fit lid for extra kick back protection. Its heavyweight and sturdy design means that it won’t flip over and spill all over the kitchen floor.

In addition to these popular products, we have all sizes of dog food bowls, and catnip cat toys!  Check it out today!

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Looking to transition your pet to vegan? Adopting a new furry friend?  Now introducing Vegan Pet Starter Kits for cats, puppies, small dogs and large dogs.  Our starter kits contain everything you need to make the vegan switch.  Each kit contains vegan dry food, vegan moist food, and a toy and/or treat.  This is a great way to introduce your pet to a vegan lifestyle.  Additionally, when you purchase a kit, you can take advantage of a special 10% discount off any other items on our site!  Including food, toys, treats, collars, leashes, cat litter, aromatherapy and more!

Use offer code: GOVEGAN at checkout and save!

See below for photos and a complete description of what is inside each kit.  Sorry, no substitutions.

Vegan Cat Starter Kit

Vegan Cat Kit

The Vegan Cat Kit contains the following:

1- 3.3lb bag of Ami Cat Dry Food

1- can of Benevo duo moist food

1- can of Evolution Vegetable Stew

1- From the Field Shelby Mouse

$26.99

Vegan Puppy Starter Kit

Vegan Puppy Kit

The Vegan Puppy Kit contains the following:

1- 4.4lb bag of Benevo Puppy Dry Food

1- can of Benevo duo moist food

1- can of Evolution Vegetable Stew

1- Puppy Safe Puppy Toy

1- Small Toothbrush Chew Treat

$29.99

Vegan Small Dog Starter Kit

Vegan Small Dog Kit

The Vegan Small Dog Kit contains the following:

1- 3.5lb bag of Ami Small Bites Dog Food

1- can of Benevo duo moist food

1- can of Evolution Vegetable Stew

1- Orbee Tuff Lil Pup Bone Chew Toy

1- Small Toothbrush Chew Treat

1- Planet Dog Collapsible Small Water Bowl

$37.99

Vegan Dog Starter Kit

Vegan Dog Kit

The Vegan Dog Kit contains the following:

1- 4.4lb bag of Benevo Adult Original Dog Food

1- can of Benevo duo moist food

1- can of Evolution Vegetable Stew

1- West Paw Large Tizzi

1- Large Toothbrush Chew Treat

$37.99

It’s Summer! Time for Cycle Dog & Flexi!

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Recycled Collar with bottle opener

Eco Dogs and Cats is thrilled to carry the amazing, eco-friendly brand, Cycle Dog.  

Cycle Dog Collars are essential for your summer walks and adventures!  These sturdy, vegan, and colorful collars are made from plastic bottles and bike tubes and are 4 times stronger than plastic. These collars come with a bottle opener too! https://www.ecodogsandcats.com/lifestyle/collars-and-leashes/ecoweave-collar.html  

They also carry top of the line harnesses: https://www.ecodogsandcats.com/lifestyle/collars-and-leashes/ecoweave-front-leading-harness.html

And…leashes made from recycled bike tubes: https://www.ecodogsandcats.com/lifestyle/collars-and-leashes/cycle-dog-leash.html

Also…reflective collars for night walk safety: https://www.ecodogsandcats.com/lifestyle/collars-and-leashes/max-reflective-collar.html

Looking for an adjustable, vegan, reliable leash?  

Look no further than our line of Flexi leashes and accessories!

Flexi leashes are imported from Germany, ultra sturdy, reliable, comfortable, and fashionable! https://www.ecodogsandcats.com/lifestyle/collars-and-leashes.html?___SID=U&p=1&filterOpened=0

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Flexi Comfort leash in blue

The Flexi Comfort leash is the comfortable, perfect retractable leash featuring a stylish design and an ergonomic grip handle. It can be accessorized with the Multi Box https://www.ecodogsandcats.com/lifestyle/collars-and-leashes/flexi-classic-multibox.html and/or the LED Lighting System (for leash sizes small and up). https://www.ecodogsandcats.com/lifestyle/collars-and-leashes/flexi-led-lighting-system.html. With its innovative Short-Stroke Braking System, the New Comfort creates a high level of safety and comfort during walks. The modern New Comfort leashes are available in Pink, Blue, Gray and Green.

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Flexi Classic leash in pink

The Flexi New Classic cord leash is suitable for dogs, cats and other small animals.   Features include a chrome snap hook and short stroke braking system.  In addition, the handle is ergonomic and comfortable. The new classic comes in three colors: Blue, Black, and, Pink. https://www.ecodogsandcats.com/lifestyle/collars-and-leashes/flexi-new-classic-cord-leash-xs.html?___SID=U

New Comfort and Classic leash sizes:

XS – 10-feet tape leash for small dogs, cats and other animals up to 18-pounds (not compatible with LED lighting system and multi-box attachment)

S – 16-feet tape leash for small dogs up to 33-pounds.

M – 16 feet tape leash for medium-sized dogs up to 44-pounds.

L – 16-feet tape leash for larger dogs up to 110-pounds.

Cats and Dogs go Crazy for CocoTherapy!

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Eco Dogs and Cats are proud to stock CocoTherapy products — delicious, vegan treats that cats and dogs just can’t seem to get enough of! We currently have a variety of tasty treats for your pet to try including Organic Coconut Chips https://www.ecodogsandcats.com/cocotherapy-organic-coconut-chips.html , Veggie Crunch https://www.ecodogsandcats.com/cocotherapy-veggie-crunch-dogs-cats-birds-rabbits.html , Fruit Crunch https://www.ecodogsandcats.com/cocotherapy-fruit-crunch.html , Coconut Apple Pie ‘Maggie’s Macaroons’ https://www.ecodogsandcats.com/maggie-s-macaroonstm-trio.html , and Virgin Coconut Oil https://www.ecodogsandcats.com/cocotherapy-organic-virgin-coconut-oil.html .

CocoTherapy products are the perfect alternative to over-processed treats that are usually made from artificial ingredients. You can give them to your pets as treats throughout the day, and they will love them! With no added sugar, salt or chemicals, all products are 100% vegan, organic, and delicious! Your pet gets to enjoy their treat whilst benefitting from the important nutrients these natural products have to offer. Good for the earth and great for your pet! Why not give CocoTherapy a try today?

Keep an eye out for CocoTherapy’s Hair Ball Relief for Cats which will also be available from Eco Dogs and Cats soon!

West Paw Bumper Beds – Vegan, Eco-Friendly & Perfect for Pets!

West Paw Organic Bumper Bed

West Paw Organic Bumper Bed

Looking for a vegan, eco-friendly bed that will be ultra comfortable for your canine friend to sleep in? Want an odor-resistant bed that will add to your stylish home? Eco Dogs and Cats (link to https://www.ecodogsandcats.com )are here to help – look no further than our West Paw Bumper Beds! Available now with hemp or organic cotton covers.

West Paw Bumper Beds for dogs combine premium comfort and style in one chic bed that your dog will love! The beds are naturally odor-resistant and antimicrobial, and are both machine-washable and dryer safe. In fact, the more you wash it, the softer it gets!

The beds are filled with 100% recycled IntelliLoft® polyfill, which means you can ensure your dog will sleep like a King or Queen among a throne of cushions that will not bunch or flatten from extreme use. Plus, you get a choice of two eco-friendly materials for the covers of these ultra-comfortable beds – why not be kind to the planet, as well as being kind to your pet?

Hemp (link to https://www.ecodogsandcats.com/west-paw-bumper-bed-w-hemp.html?___SID=U )

A firm favorite for its versatility and sustainability, hemp is grown without chemicals, pesticides, irrigation or even harvesting equipment. So you can be sure that your dog will sleep soundly without any irritation. This hemp fabric cover easily zips off for washing, and the entire bed (cover and cushion) is machine-washable for easy maintenance. Made in the USA.

Colors: Smoke/Timber

Sizes: X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, X-Large

2. Organic Cotton (link to https://www.ecodogsandcats.com/west-paw-organic-bumper-bed.html?___SID=U )

Organic cotton is grown without harsh pesticides or chemical fertilizers, so it’s gentler on both air and soil, and on your pet! It also has a much lower impact on the environment than regular cotton. This organic cotton cover easily zips off for washing, and the entire bed (cover and cushion) is machine-washable for easy maintenance. Made in the USA.

Organic Bumper Beds

Organic Bumper Beds

Colors: Basil (Green), Huckleberry, Ember (Red), Gold, Stillwater (Blue)

Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, X-Large

West Paw Bumper Beds are tried and tested to ensure optimum comfort for your pet, using vegan, eco-friendly, sustainable materials…so you will be able to sleep easy, just like your pet!

Love our West Paw Products? So Do We!

At Eco Dogs and Cats (link to www.ecodogsandcats.com ), we also have a selection of West Paw beds for cats, so your feline friend won’t miss out on a fantastic night’s sleep with a vegan, eco-friendly, optimum-comfort bed either! 

Check out some of our purrfect cat beds too:

West Paw Nature Nap for Cat (link to https://www.ecodogsandcats.com/bed-time/cat-beds/west-paw-nature-nap-for-cat.html )

West Paw Heyday Bed w/ Microsuede (link to https://www.ecodogsandcats.com/bed-time/cat-beds/west-paw-heyday-bed-w-microsuede.html )

West Paw Eco Nap (link to https://www.ecodogsandcats.com/bed-time/cat-beds/west-paw-eco-nap.html )

What is the Best Vegan Cat Food?

Vegan cat food has been around for a number of years, but it has been really hard to find. Fortunately with all the work we’ve done to bring vegan and eco friendly cat food to the market for you, we now have three great brands to choose from. All these brands of vegan cat food are high quality and provide good nutrition for cats. I’m going to introduce you to four brands that are high quality and available in the United States and Canada.

benevoBenevo vegan cat food has been around for a while in Europe – especially popular in the UK where it is formulated and produced. Benevo vegan cat food is produced from the highest quality ingredients available and is a complete vegan food for adult cats. It has 28% protein with a vegetarian source of taurine. Benevo vegan cat food also includes prebiotic FOS to help with digestion, and is flavored with brewers yeast and seaweed which is also a great source of nutrition that cats just

View and buy Benevo


what-is-ami-cat-vegan-cat-foodAmi Cat is one of the oldest, and one of our more popular brands with cats. Imported from Italy, Ami Cat provides a ready to use vegan cat food that many cats really love. The ingredients used in this vegan cat food formula are sourced locally in Italy and are of the highest humane grade quality. They are also GMO free. No by-products, dyes, or artificial ingredients are used either. If you are looking for the highest quality vegan cat food for your cats, Ami Cat is one of the highest quality.

View More or Buy Ami Cat Vegan Cat Food


evolution-diet-cat-foodEvolution Diet vegan cat food has been around since 1989 in the United States and is completely vegan as are the other brands on here. It’s formulated from whole grains, vegetable proteins, and other natural vitamins, minerals and ingredients. We find that cats tend to like the taste of the Ami vegan cat food or the Benevo vegan cat food better, but some cats prefer Evolution Diet vegan cat food. Evolution Diet is the most cost effective, and so some people will mix it with other brands as well.

View more or buy evolution diet cat food.


evolution-benevo-wet-cat-foodAlong with the dry vegan cat food that Benevo, and Evolution Diet has, each also has a wet canned vegan cat food. Each of these canned vegan cat foods are high quality and great to feed along with the dry.

You can find each of these vegan canned cat food here:
Benevo Duo Canned Cat Food | Evolution Diet Moist Canned Cat Food


vegecat-phiAlong with the pre-made vegan cat foods above, we also carry Vegepet Vegecat Kibble Mix and Vegecat Phi which are supplements you can use to formulate and make your own vegan cat food. Vegecat Phi can also be added to pre-made cat food to make it more ascetic.

Vegecat KibbleMix | Vegecat Phi


With vegan cat foods, it ultimately comes down to what your cat likes. All the brands above are high quality. You have to make your decision based on what your cat likes and thrives on. Sometimes this is one brand, or it can be a combination of two brands mixed and feeding some dry, and some wet vegan cat food.

PetzLife Complete Coat

 

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Struggling with fleas like the rest of us. It has been indeed a rough flea season. However, Eco Dogs and cats has just the thing for you, PetzLife Complete Coat.  Complete Coat is amazing, just spray some on your furry friend and watch the fleas die away. PetzLife “Complete Coat” is formulated as a topical formula to keep your pet’s coat healthy and, more importantly, to ward off insects and parasites of all types. It is all-natural and contains NO pesticides. PetzLife Complete Coat is completely safe, all natural, and chemical free.

 

Coconut Oil for Pets

 

Did you know that you could give your cat or dog coconut oil?  CocoTherapy Organic Virgin Coconut Oil is specially made for cats and dog. Coconut oil has many great benefits for pets.

 

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The top 10 reasons to add coconut oil to your dog’s diet:

 

1. As a barrier against harsh chemicals, such as road salt.  Since coconut oil is edible, it won’t harm your pet if he licks it off his feet.

2. To treat mild gingivitis.  Gingivitis, or inflammation of the gums, is the most common oral disease in cats and dogs.  You can read more about dental disease here.  Rubbing coconut oil on the gums daily can help reduce inflammation and pain.

3. As a barrier against environmental allergens.  If you pet has seasonal allergies, keeping those allergens away from the skin can help reduce itching and discomfort.  Applying a very thin layer of coconut oil to a dog’s coat after bathing can help repel allergens.

4. As a moisturizer for dry skin. Try this bath tip from Dr. Danna.  Bathe your dog first, then apply coconut oil and massage it deep into the skin, from the tips of the ears to the tip of the tail, avoiding the pads on the bottoms of the feet, but including tops of toes and toenails.  Allow to set for five minutes, then rebathe to remove excess oil and rinse quickly.  This method provides a soothing massage with oil, hydrates the skin and is safe if the pet licks itself.

5. To relieve constipation.  For softer stools, give 1/2 teaspoon organic extra-virgin coconut oil (be sure to use food grade!) orally per ten pounds of body weight, one to two times daily.

6. To fight bacterial infections.  Coconut oil is high in lauric acid, a fatty acid known for it’s antimicrobial properties.   Applying coconut oil to minor abrasions can help prevent infection.  As mentioned before, the oil is edible, so it is safe to use if your dog or cat licks the area where the oil has been applied.

7. For cleaning skin folds on breeds like bull dogs or pugs. These breeds have skin folds on the face and body that frequently stay moist, leading to irritation, odor or infection.  Cleaning the folds with coconut oil will help remove bacteria, calm and moisturize irritated skin, and reduce or eliminate odor.

8. For brain power. Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) have been clinically shown to improve brain energy metabolism.  Coconut oil is rich in MCTs!  Geriatric pets may benefit from the MCTs in coconut oil for cognitive function.  Give 1/4 teaspoon per ten pounds of body weight twice a day for basic MCT support.

9. For thyroid support.  MCTs are an excellent addition for dogs suffering from thyroid disease or that are just overweight.  The MCTs in coconut oil balance the thyroid, helping aid weight loss and helping less active dogs feel more energetic.

10. As a hairball remedy.  Conventional hairball remedies contain mineral oil.  Coconut oil is a more healthful, non petroleum based lubricant for cats with hairball problems.  If your kitty won’t eat it out of a bowl or on her food, dab some on the nose or paw.

After learning all the great benefits of adding CocoTherapy Organic Virgin Coconut Oil to your furry friends diet, wouldn’t you want to give it a try?

Benevo Organic Pet Food For Dogs and Cats – Coming Soon

Eco Dogs and Cats is excited to be adding an exclusive organic pet food to our selection. After much research and we have decided that in the near future we will be carrying  Benevo vegan pet food. Benevo is an independent producer of vegan pet food as well as treats. Benevo is based in the UK and is the first UK-manufacturing company to make Vegan pet food and treats.  Benevo offers Organic dog food, Original dog food, and my favorite puppy food. Benevo also has dry cat food and a canned food that is for cats and dogs. We will also be carrying the Benevo dog cake mix that is also vegan and all natural.  Now your doggie can have a real birthday party! My two dogs got to taste test dog cake mix made into a cake and they absolutely loved it. We are excited, hope you will be too!!

Benevo Ingredient Information:
Benevo Dog, Organic Benevo Dog, Benevo Duo Benevo Puppy and Benevo Grain-free wet food feature a special wheat free recipe, making it ideal for those dogs that suffer from sensitivities to wheat protein (a common ingredient in dry dog foods).

The rich, naturally vegetarian and vegan ingredients combined with the aroma of brewers yeast ensures a very palatable meal.

Benevo Grain-free vegetable feast with mixed herbs is a unique high quality wet food ideal for those owners looking to avoid grains in their dogs diet. It’s nutritionally complete, with Rosemary & Tomato to provide natural Antioxidants, Seaweed provides a natural source of essential vitamins and minerals, while Sunchoke acts as a natural digestive aid and Linseed and Sunflower Oil provide a great source of omega oils.

Benevo Duo is a premium moist dog food, made with fresh market ingredients. It’s a complete food for dogs of all life stages, full of essential nutrients and features an easy-open ring pull lid.

All of our products are cruelty-free, which means they are not tested on animals or produced with slaughter-house or animal ingredients.

FUN FACT: ‘Benevo’ comes from the word ‘Benevolent’ which means ‘promoting the welfare and happiness of others’ and ‘to do good’.

FUN FACT: Eco Dogs and Cats will be the only pet store in the United States to carry Benevo’s organic vegan pet food and treats.

Sincerely,

Eco Dogs and Cats