7 Ways to Make Pet Ownership more Eco-friendly

7 Ways to Make Pet Ownership more Eco-friendly
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According to the authors of the book “Time to Eat the Dog? The real guide to sustainable living”, dogs are harder on the environment than SUVs. This shocking accusation was determined by fact that the carnivore’s diet of our pooches, cats and other such meat-eating companions requires a lot of land to provide their foods. Also, conventional flea and tick medications contain harsh chemicals that degrade the quality of the air and their poop can contaminate the waterways. Of course our animals are innocent in their behavior; they eat what we feed them, they poop wherever grass grows and I am sure they would rather not be sprayed with medications. It is up to us as their owners to make sure that they are just as Green as we are trying to be.

7 Ways to Make Pet Ownership more Eco-friendly:

  1. Purchase sustainable feed: Most conventional pet foods aren’t manufactured in eco-friendly ways; the highly processed formulas are made with discarded by-products as well as low quality fillers such as wheat, corn gluten and other unnecessary ingredients. Also, traditional pet foods travel long miles to make it to their bowls which contributes to air pollution. Before you purchase, do your research and make sure to choose foods that are made naturally and as close to local as possible. Also, read the ingredients for quality. Nevertheless, even the most natural formulas may still contain by-products, so another option would be to make your own meals for your animals, that way you will be in control of what they are eating.
  2. Curb your Animals: Not only is curbing your dogs important for the aesthetics of the community, it is also important for the health of the environment. Dog poop can seep into the waterways and cause contamination. So, clean up after your dogs with the aid of biodegradable bags.
  3. Choose Eco Homecare Products: Instead of plastic feeding bowls, choose ones that are made with recyclable steel or bamboo. Instead of traditional collars, choose ones that are made out of recycled materials. Buy pet beds that are made from natural fibers and zero dyes. Also, purchase cages and houses made from easily recycled materials.
  4. Litter Control: There is a lot of controversy in the area of spaying and neutering, however, doing so reduces the risk of overpopulation. If you are against spaying and neutering, you should monitor your animals in their “in heat” cycles to control the amount of offspring they produce.
  5. Purchase Natural Personal Care: There are more sustainable options for animal personal care products such as flea and tick medication, shampoo and oral care. Buying natural personal care for your animals will not only keep the environment healthy, it is also better for the health of your animals.
  6. Consider Other Types of Animals: Animals such as fish, rabbits, hamsters and smaller cats and dogs have less impact on the environment than larger animals tend to. These animals can provide just as much love and companionship than their larger counterparts without leaving the massive footprint.
  7. Extend their Lifespan: Extend the lifespan of your animals by exercising them often, feeding them a natural formula and by dry brushing often. Brushing your pets with a soft dry brush will keep their coats tangle free while soothing dry skin, promoting circulation and balancing their internal core.
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