There is no doubt that going green in your daily life is good for the environment. But now going green is not just for us humans anymore! Now our pooches and other pets can go green in the easiest of ways, too. So before you head to the pet store or go on a walk with your beloved dog, check out these eco-friendly and green dog and pet tips.
Clean it Up
A great and easy way to go green is to clean up after your pets, especially dogs after you take them for a walk. Instead of buying plastic poop bags from your local pet store, simply use plastic bags you get from the grocery store. You can even be greener by tossing out the poop, hosing off the grocery bag and recycling it.
In order to green your life many experts suggest buying organic. But not only can you go organic with buying your food, you can also buy organic pet food. There are tons of organic brands on the market today that specially target dogs, cats, and other pets. They may be a little pricier, but they can often be healthier for your pets and environment.
Spay and Neuter
This point reminds me of Bob Barker who, at the end of every episode of the Price is Right, reminded pet owners to have their pets spayed and neutered. This falls in line with going green too. By spaying and neutering your pet you can help control the pet popular and reduce the number of unwanted animals.
Adopt from a Shelter
When you adopt from an animal shelter, you’re helping to give an unwanted animal a home. Not only is this generally more helpful to the pet population than buying from a breeder, but it can also help shelters take care of animals. With less animals to take care of, shelters can give better care to the animals that are under their roof.
Sure there are ton of dog and cat shampoos on the market today, but many of them aren’t very green. Instead of purchasing overpriced shampoo for your cat or dog, try baking soda. Simply rub it through your pet’s coat and brush it out. You can also put baking soda on your rugs and carpets and then vacuum them to eliminate pet odors as well.
Make Your Own Litter
What many people don’t know is that some cat litters have a hard time biodegrading in landfills. What you can do instead is make your own cat litter by buying a box of baking soda and mixing is with a few inches of sand. This is much more eco-friendly than some litters on the market today.