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10 Green Tips for You & Your Pet

  • November 19, 2012
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10 Green Tips for You & Your Pet

Despite what Kermit the Frog said, it’s actually easy being green–here are 10 things you can do to make the world a better place for animals (and people too!):

1. Adopt from a shelter

Adopting an animal from a shelter is one of the best ways to make sure you are reusing a valuable resource, according to Sarah Belgard from Recycled Pets Rescue in Encino, California. “Our society is one that seems to believe that everything is disposable,” she says. “With pets, sadly, this is due mostly to a lack of long-term commitment.” When you adopt a pet from a shelter instead of a breeder, you minimize pet reproduction, ensuring fewer animals enter shelters and risk euthanasia in the future.

2. Spay or neuter your pet

Once you adopt a pet, it is important to spay or neuter him to reduce the chance of his offspring ending up on the streets or back at the shelter. According to the Humane Society of the United States, spaying and neutering help communities by reducing the amount of money spent on controlling unwanted animals in addition to lowering the risk of dog bites and attacks from stray animals. It also helps dogs, cats, and rabbits live longer, healthier lives by reducing the risk for ovarian cancer, testicular cancer, and prostate disease.

3. Make better food choices

Organic is the word du jour and it applies to our pet food as well. Seeking out organic food is not only a healthy option for our furry friends, it’s also good for our environment. According to the USDA, organic farming emphasizes the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. That means no pesticides, no fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients, no bioengineering, no antibiotics, and no growth hormones.

4. Use eco-friendly cleaning products

It doesn’t take a trip to the grocery store to know that there is a glut of cleaning products on the market. While all brands like to brag with catchphrases like, “Kills 99 percent of the bacteria,” and “Cuts the grease,” etc, it’s important to know that products can be effective but also harmful to people, pets, and the environment. To turn your utility closet into a friend of the environment, seek out eco-friendly alternatives to disinfectants and chlorine bleach products, and use household products such as baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, and natural essential oils. These products are eco-friendly and they won’t harm humans or pets.

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9:44PM PDT on Aug 13, 2014

Thanks.

9:31AM PDT on Apr 16, 2013

Awesome tips, sharing!

11:11AM PST on Feb 21, 2013

great tips :) all of them

9:39PM PST on Dec 28, 2012

Thank you.

12:02PM PST on Dec 7, 2012

great tips, thanks for sharing :)

9:58PM PST on Nov 27, 2012

Staying away from clay kitty litter as cats to lick their paws ingesting the concrete.

8:44AM PST on Nov 24, 2012

Good tips. Thanks very much.

8:18AM PST on Nov 24, 2012

Good post. Thanks.

8:13AM PST on Nov 24, 2012

Thank you.

11:23AM PST on Nov 23, 2012

Thanks

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