Tips to Go Green as a Pet Owner

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People are now more conscious about the effects of our toxic lifestyles on the environment, and have thus adopted eco-friendly living. You, too, can do your part in making the world a better place by going green. Some simple things you can do are walk or bike to work and have conversations with your elected representatives about environmental issues you care about.

If you have pets, you can also be a green pet owner. Here are some easy ways to do that.

Scoop Your Pet’s Poop

Your dog’s or cat’s poop does not decompose quickly. If left outside, it can reach waterways when it rains, pollute them, and cause various diseases. Be a responsible pet owner. Scoop your pet’s poop and dispose of it properly.  

Consider Composting

If you put the poop in a pet waste bag, it will still end up in the landfill, together with all other trashes. It will sit there waiting to decompose, which could take several years. It could also be washed into rivers, seas or other bodies of water and contaminate them.

Composting your pet’s poop is an effective way to eliminate poop in a green way. Ensure that you have a separate composting container for the poop. Do not mix it with the composting container you usually use with food waste, as your pet’s poop may contain pathogens that can contaminate plants in your garden. Instead, you may use the decomposed poop for plants and trees that are non-food producing. 

Recycle Plastics or Containers

You don’t always have to use a new plastic waste bag for your pet’s poop. Instead of throwing away the plastic or paper bags that you get from purchasing other items, recycle and use them in place of pet waste bags. It’s good for the environment and your pocket, too, because you don’t have to spend money buying bags when you can reuse things you already have. 

Use Non-Toxic Products

Toxic products can hurt the environment, and they can also be harmful to you and your pet. Instead, choose green and all-natural products such as shampoo and cleaners for your pet’s crates and toys. Since your pet roams inside the house, it’s vital that you keep your home clean and use non-toxic cleaning products to do it.

Mold may grow in your home that can harm your health and that of your pet. If you have been asking the question, “can mold affect my pets?”, the answer is yes. If you find mold, clean the affected area right away, and make sure that you use safety gear like hand gloves and masks. However, if a mold infestation covers a vast area of the house, it’s best to get the help of a professional mold removal service.

Make DIY Toys

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You want to keep your playful pets happy, which is why you buy toys. However, you can go greener by upcycling things you already have at home. Upcycling means turning something into another useful item. So unleash your creativity and create DIY toys for your pet. For example, you can make a ball out of old clothes or yarn. It can help eliminate waste in the house, it’s non-toxic and it also saves you some cash. 

Give the Right Amount of Food

One of the things that make up the waste in the landfill is waste from pet foods. Feed your pet the right amount of food to waste less. It will let you buy a lesser amount of food, thus helping the environment by saving resources. Again, it will also benefit you since you get to save more money. 

Also consider researching where your pet’s food comes from. Unsustainable farming practices are rampant in animal agriculture, and buying from companies that are invested in making a more ethical and environmentally responsible product will help support more sustainable farms.

Use Green Treatments for Ticks and Fleas

Fleas and ticks are some of the most common pet problems. There are green products used for treating them. If you’re not sure which products to use, consult with your vet and get recommendations for eco-friendly treatments. You can be sure that the treatment will be effective and also non-toxic for the environment. 

Spay or Neuter Pets

The many homeless animals who are on the streets can negatively impact the environment by killing local wildlife, such as birds, to survive. If they’re unvaccinated, they can also spread disease to other animals they come in contact with, including wildlife. Do your part, and spay or neuter your pets. 

You can take care of your pets while caring for the environment at the same time. Consider the tips above and go green as a pet owner.  

Feature image: Eddie Galaxy; Image 1: João Jesus

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