Eco Pet Tips
Green your Pet with these Effective Pet Tips
The animal companions in our lives bring us great joy. But our furry friends can have a serious impact on the planet if we’re not conscientious about how we feed them, treat their ailments, and clean up after them.
- Cat litter, pet waste, and plastic bags pile up in landfills and contaminate waterways.
- Pet foods made with conventional ingredients are often less healthy and environmentally unsound.
- Conventional tick, flea, and pest treatments contains harmful chemicals that can create health problems for your pet and your family.
- Removing pet stains and odors can be a real challenge, but chemical cleaners pollute indoor air and water systems as well.
But don’t hack up a hairball in frustration! There are many green pet care techniques you can implement to create a more eco-friendly routine for you and your animal companions. Here are some of Ecolife's top tips that will get you making sound eco-pet decisions that are healthier for your pet, yourself and the planet:
- Adopt from an animal shelter: There are millions of homeless dogs, cats, chickens, and other animal companions waiting for a good home in animal shelters. Forgo buying a pet from a pet store or a breeder and instead go down to your local humane society to find one that fits your home environment. The fees you pay there will help to rescue pets and prevent animal cruelty, too!
- Spay and neuter your pets: One of the main reasons pet shelters are so overcrowded is the huge overpopulation problem in most communities. Sure, having your own kittens or puppies can be fun, but by doing so, you’re contributing to this serious, devastating problem. One of the most important things you can do is to have your pet “fixed” by getting him or her spayed or neutered before they can procreate. Don’t wait!
- Protect wildlife: Believe it or not, cats are one of the biggest threats to birds, so keeping your feline on a leash and away from wild bird populations is important. Likewise with your dog and other pets that can prey on wildlife. Be aware of the other animal populations in your community and find ways to protect them from your animal companions.
- Choose healthy foods: At the root of many pet health and environmental problems is the foods we choose to feed them. High-quality foods made with whole ingredients that are organically grown and raised is a great way to minimize the impact of this aspect of your pet’s life. Our articles on natural pet foods and homemade pet recipes will guide you through the maze of choices available to you.
- Clean up after your pet: Of course, what goes in must come out, and so cleaning up after your pet is as important as what you feed them. We’ve got tips on choosing eco cat litter and selecting greener pet waste disposal options through biodegradable pet bags, composting, and doggy outhouses.
- Use natural remedies: Whether battling dry skin or fending off fleas and ticks, your pet and the planet will benefit from natural and homemade pet remedies for everything from anxiety to ear infections to diarrhea to excessive shedding. Ecolife has a host of tips to get you started. Check out our related articles: Homemade Dog Dandruff Shampoo, Natural Flea Treatments and Homemade Tick Treatments.