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7 Easy Steps to Start Living Eco-Friendly With Your Pet

April 23, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 117

You effect the environment in everything you do. Sometimes its positive and sometimes it's negative. You have the ability to make good decisions. The decisions you make affect the world you and your pet live in. Here are a few tips to make you a more responsible pet owner.

  1. Do more walking instead of driving your car. Dogs love to walk. This is excellent exercise for both of you while reducing your carbon footprint. Outfit your pup with a matching collar and leash from Preston Ribbons. This is a great way to clear your head and the air at the same time. Taking time to really enjoy the world around you will make you more aware why every little bit helps. Just because you are walking doesn't mean you can't stop and smell the flowers. You will come to appreciate your environment more.
  2. Always pick up your pets waste. Pet waste, in and of itself, has a negative impact on the environment when it is not cleaned up. But, you must also be mindful of the impact pet waste bags (poop bags) have on the environment. Luckily, there are a wide variety of earth friendly poop bags on the market that are biodegradable or manufactured out of recycled materials. Pick up some waste bags made from recycled materials from Dog Bag. Do your part to limit the impact on our landfills.
  3. Feed your pooch organic or natural food and treats. Make sure what you feed your dog is free of pesticides, hormones, antibiotics or other artificial ingredients. These manufacturing processes are bad for the earth and bad for your dog. There are now many varieties of food and treats to choose from. Try to find Wagatha's Organic Biscuits for a safe and health treat for your pup. It's up to you to carefully read through ingredients that are posted on the package, to insure you are feeding your pal a healthy and safe diet. If you are not sure, go to the company's website or call their help line. If you still have questions, contact your veterinarian.
  4. Use products to groom your dog that are free of toxic chemicals. These toxic grooming products go down your drain and into our waterways. Some grooming products contain chemicals that are fine for the pet's coat, but may cause harm if ingested. Dogs naturally lick themselves to groom. Natural products are generally plant-based. But, once again, you must research the ingredients to determine if the product is safe. Some of the more harsh products are those designed for pest and parasite control and elimination. Check out the grooming products offered by Caine & Able for a safe and natural alternative to harsh chemicals. It is best to check with your veterinarian before using these products, especially if your pup has had adverse reactions in the past, as it relates to skin and eye issues.
  5. Provide your dog with safe toys. It's best if you can find safe toys made from recycled materials. The use of recycled materials will help reduce the burden on our over flowing landfills. As a general rule, toys and treats made in the U.S.A are safer for your pet and the environment because they are manufactured under United States environmental manufacturing laws and standards. Dog's toys must be safe since most dogs aggressively chew their toys, and in the process, ingest trace amounts of the toy. With a little effort, you can find toys made from renewable sources like cotton, wool, hemp and latex. A great source for dog toys made in the U.S.A from recycled and renewable materials is a little company in California called Doggles.
  6. Fertilizers and pesticides are not good for your dog or the environment. But, unfortunately these products and chemicals are hard to avoid. But you can take the first step by not using these products anywhere that your pet roams. I am speaking about your yard at home. Your dog walks, lies and eats the grass in your yard. She will then clean herself ingesting all the toxins from the lawn. Not to mention, what chemicals may have been absorbed through her paws. If you feel you must use fertilizers or provide pest control for your lawn, do it wisely. You can always outfit your dog with Pawz reusable boots to protect her feet. There are products available that are "pet friendly." However, the term "pet friendly" can be misleading so read the ingredients and warnings carefully.
  7. Lastly, do your part. Recycle everything you can (cans, plastic, paper, card board, motor oil, electronics, etc.). It's easy now. With a little effort you can find the safe and "green" way to dispose of just about anything. Who knows, maybe that plastic water bottle you recycled will end up back in your home as a dog's toy or bed filling. Check with your city or county waste management offices to determine where you can recycle your waste.

All these little things really add up over the long run. Just think if everyone participated; what a difference we could make. And it's not that hard. Just knowing you and your pet are contributing to optimize your health and the earth's ecological balance will put a smile on your face. Leaving one less carbon footprint or four paw prints on our environment is the least we can do for our children.

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We know you care about what's happening to our planet, but you just don't have time to do the research to insure you are purchasing products that are "green." You can rely on us to do this for you. Eco-Stylish Pets make every effort to offer eco-friendly products from companies around the world with a focus on companies that proudly display the "Made in the USA" label.

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