When we got our first dog, I scoured every book I could find for the best pet care tips. At that time (20 plus years ago) I was mostly concerned with my pets health and proper training. Those are still two very important things to consider when caring for pets. Nowadays, however, I consider some of the best pet care tips to be those that reduce my furry friend’s impact on the environment as well. For many people, going green has become a priority. Whether it be purchasing a more gas efficient car, shopping with reusable bags, or recycling old electronics, families are doing more than ever to lead an eco-friendly lifestyle. All of these changes are great for reducing your carbon footprint, but what about those carbon paw prints? Luckily, there are several simple changes pet owners can make to green up their pet care routine. I will include a few pet care tips below that might help as well as a few affiliate links for eco friendly pet products.
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Best Pet Care Tips for Eco Friendly Pet Owners
Opt for Stainless: When shopping for new pet dishes, ditch the plastic and go with stainless steel or ceramic. They’ll be easier to clean and easier on the environment. They also tend to last much longer than plastic bowls do. Amazon has a great selection of stainless steel pet dishes to choose from.
Eco Friendly Pet Toys: There are many green options when it comes to pet toys. You can make your dog’s toys from old socks or t-shirts or buy recycled dog toys for them to play with.
Get Moving: Planning a trip to the dog park? If it’s not too far, skip the car ride over and burn some extra calories by walking there. Your waistline and the environment will thank you.
Think Bulk when Shopping: When purchasing pet food, treats or kitty litter; think big. Buying these pet supplies in larger quantities helps cut down on packaging material wasted and reduces the number of car trips to the pet store. Plus, there’s the added benefit of getting more bang for your buck when buying these types of pet products in bulk.
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Homemade Pet Treats: You can save lots of money and feed your pet healthier if you make homemade dog treats. And homemade treats aren’t just for dogs! Try these popcorn balls for birds if you have a pet bird!
Clean Green: Undoubtedly, pet parents will clean up their fair share of messes throughout their furry companion’s lifetime. Choosing natural cleaning products to clean up those unpleasant messes is not only easier on the environment, but also keeps your family and pets safe from the toxic fumes of harsher cleaning products. Check out these green pet cleaners to remove stains and odors.
Help Animals in Need: Shelters and rescue groups are almost always looking for donations. Instead of disposing of gently used items like towels or leashes, consider donating them. Be sure to check with your local shelter for their specific needs.
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Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.