Green pet care doesn’t have to cost a lot of money or effort; it takes just a few adjustments to the routine you two already follow. If you don’t have a
Here’s what you can do in terms of green pet care:
There’s no way around it—dogs poop. But although the “present” they leave you is natural, the plastic bags many dog owners use to clean up aren’t. Instead of stocking up on regular bags, opt for biodegradable ones, which cost about the same and are just as easy to find.
Another easy option when cleaning up in the yard is to skip the bags altogether and use my go-to green pet care product: a pooper-scooper. I keep a dedicated trashcan just for dog waste and can quickly scoop any of it with one hand.
Playtime is not only
If you feel like getting crafty, keep in mind you can make your own dog toys, and it’s not as hard as it sounds. It’s also a fun project to do with your kids to teach them about the importance of recycling. For an easy do-it-yourself dog toy, all you need is a plastic water bottle and an old sock. Slide the bottle inside the sock and tie a knot in the open end. Make sure the cap is off so the bottle is more forgiving as your buddy bites down.
Donate Dog Gear
Like babies and kids, dogs can quickly acquire a lot of things, from kennels and beds to even clothes they wear on cold walks. As your dog gets older, however, he’ll outgrow some of his possessions. Rather than throwing them away, donate them just like you would your own stash—but to a local animal shelter, pet hospital, or rescue group.
The Clean Effect
Keeping both your dog and your house clean is a challenge, but it’s easy to do safely and effectively with certain products. For starters, look for all-natural dog-grooming solutions that don’t contain harsh chemicals and parabens. Not only are these safer for the environment, but they’re also hypoallergenic for dogs who have unpredictable sensitivities.
The same goes for the products you use to clean up the occasional pet stain. Look for natural cleaning products that are just as safe when discarded as they are for your kids when playing on the carpet. One of the best things I’ve found to fight pet odors is to simply sprinkle some baking soda on high-traffic areas before vacuuming.
You Are What You Eat
Feeding your dog a well-balanced diet is so important to
Try these green pet care tips and you won’t just keep the most playful family members healthier; you’ll also add eco-friendly to the list of life lessons your kids will have learned from having a family pet.
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Why It’s Good
Green pet care doesn't require a great deal of effort or expense. Even simple things like switching to natural pet products and toys can make a huge difference in your pup's carbon paw print. It also helps to keep your pets, family, and planet safe and healthy.