Pets are often considered man's best friend and a great addition to any household. Besides the comfort and love they offer, they're a fun part of any family and are often easy to care for. Although pets need a minimal amount of resources to survive, there are still a few necessities that can often be overlooked.

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A Microchip Implant

Name tags can work well on collars for pets when they become lost, but there's a larger problem when they escape the property without a tag. A microchip implant will work to identify their name and home address by being placed in their shoulder for an easy way for shelters to contact the owners if they're ever lost.

A Pet Hotel

There will always be times when you have to head out of town whether for a business trip or a much-needed vacation. Instead of leaving your pet alone and without any company for several days, it's important to keep them both mentally and physically stimulated by placing them in a local pet hotel. It will help to prevent depression and anxiety in the pet without making them fear the next time you leave home.

Pet Insurance

In every pet's life, there are often times when they need to visit a pet hospital for injuries or illnesses that can quickly add up to thousands of dollars. It's important to obtain dog or cat insurance to save more money in the long run and ensure that your pet is well cared for.

Pet Door

A pet door that leads to the backyard is a great investment and tool that will allow your pet to maintain a bit of independence. It will prevent having to get up and open the door for your pet each time they want to go in or out even while you're away.

Training

A trained pet is an obedient one that will be easier to control, especially when guests are visiting. Having a trained pet will also make the animal easier to care for with fewer messes and an easier way of communicating effectively as both pet and owner.

Besides food, water and exercise, there is much more involved to caring for a pet to have a happy and healthy animal. Although it may require a bit of time and energy to invest in, it will ensure you maintain a great relationship with the animal for an incredible bond and friendship.

 

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Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer from Sacramento, California. A mother of two, Hannah enjoys writing on blogs of all niches. Follow her on Twitter. 

By Natalie Gomez on Jan 30, 2014 at 2:50 pm 0 Comments
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For many pet owners, maintaining an environmentally conscious lifestyle can be difficult. Although humans have reached the point where green solutions to common problems are aplenty, there is still a considerable amount of progress to be made in the animal kingdom.

Green Dog

Unfortunately, many pet products lack biodegradability, can be hazardous to the environment and can even degrade the health of your furry friends.  If you’re concerned with the effect that these products have on the environment, never fear, there are green solutions for pet owners everywhere.

Containment

Keeping your pets contained and safe from harm is priority number one. To the dismay of many pet lovers, runaways, thefts and other related deaths are still rampant in the animal world and claim so many lives each year. Fortunately there are ways to extend the lifespan of your pets while still preserving Mother Nature. 

  • A wireless dog fence can save you money, reduce consumption of natural resources and allow for complete control of your pet’s environment. It’s also easy to install, an excellent space saver and entirely humane.
  • Constructing a dog house or scratching post from materials around the house isn’t as difficult as some people make it out to be. It may be a bit of a weekend project, but your pets will love you for it.
  • Dogs and cats are great at entertaining themselves. Whether it’s an empty plastic bottle, or a discarded paper bag, giving them something to play with will keep them happy and loyal.

Waste

If you’re like most people, stepping in dog doo can really ruin your day. As common as it is, what most people don’t realize is its effect on the environment. Even though it’s a dirty job, cleaning up after your pet is not only a service to your community, but also a quick and easy way to upkeep environmental conditions.

  • Using environmentally sound disposable bags to clean up fecal matter reduces overall waste and prevents harmful bacteria from seeping into the Earth.
  • Most kitty litter is made from clay obtained through strip mining. You can combat this by only buying biodegradable litter made from wheat, corn, reclaimed wood or old newspapers.
  • If your pets don’t “make it to the newspaper” in time, use environmentally friendly household cleaners to assess the mess.  

Treats

It should come as no surprise that the foods you consume have a direct effect on your wellbeing. The same is true for your pets, and although it may be easy to buy the same dog food every time, paying attention to ingredients can be beneficial to your pets. You may not be able to get your cat to go vegan, but supplementing her diet with healthier options is highly recommended.

  • Introducing pumpkin into your dog’s diet through homemade treats can soothe stomach pains and ease digestion.
  • Frozen cat treats made from blended sardines and krill are a healthy snack for the hottest of summer days.
  • Before adopting a vegan diet for your dog or cat, be sure you do your research. Dogs have an easier time adjusting, but cats have been known to develop urinary tract issues when not fed adequate amounts of meat. Consult a veterinarian before making any drastic changes to what your pets eat. 

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Ensuring the health and safety of your pets doesn’t have to be harmful to the environment. In fact, many green solutions prove more advantageous to both the wellbeing of your pets and the ground they walk on. So, next time you’re at the pet store, be conscious of your purchases and reach for a greener alternative. After all, this world is as much theirs as it is ours.

When Adam Holmes isn’t scooping poo, he’s lost in the lines of his notebook, writing about pet care. He’s had dogs and cats all his life and does his best to stay up-to-date on how to keep them healthy.
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