With so much emphasis put on going green today, consumers are buying organic foods, beauty supplies and other products to help reduce the carbon footprint they leave behind. New products are always becoming available to help consumers in their quest to improve the environment. As a pet owner, you can take this quest one-step further by helping your pet go green, too.
Here are a few of the things you can do to help reduce the carbon footprint your pet leaves behind:
Use Organic Products
One of the best ways to help your pet “go green” is by purchasing organic products. Look for shampoos, tick and flea powders and other pet supplies that use natural ingredients. Buy certified-organic pet food and treats. These meet strict USDA standards and they don’t use any hormones, pesticides, artificial preservatives or other artificial ingredients. They are better for the environment and safer for your pet.
You can also buy organic leashes, collars and toys to keep your pet happy and healthy while reducing his carbon footprint. You can use old bedding such as pillows and blankets to make her a bed but when you do buy these items, look for ones made from recyclable materials.
Have Your Pet Spayed or Neutered
It takes a lot of resources to take care of the thousands of unwanted pets born every year but you can help reduce these numbers and help the environment at the same time. Have your pet sprayed or neutered to prevent unwanted pregnancies. It’s also healthier for your pet, which is an added benefit. When you’re in the market for a new pet, adopt instead of buying and this will help in the attempt to control the pet population.
Clean up Your Pet’s Waste
Don’t let your dog roam around the neighbourhood freely and clean up after your pet when you take him for walks and to the park. Pet waste contains harmful bacteria that are both a health and environmental hazard. Use biodegradable bags to pick up and dispose of his waste in the trash when you’re away from home. At home, you can create a compost heap and make your own natural fertilizer. You should also use organic, plant-based litter for your cat’s litter box.
Everything you do to help the environment, no matter how small, makes a difference. When you take steps to help your pet go green, it can also improve his health and living conditions.