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.

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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.
By Lauren Colman on Aug 07, 2013 at 6:00 am 0 Comments
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Valentine's Day is coming up, so we wanted to give you some great gift ideas for your furry valentine. After all, you wouldn't want your puppy love to think that you forgot about her, now would you?

Most ladies love getting flowers from their loved ones, including pups too! Ok, maybe not the same kind of flower that grows in a garden… but a super cute flower accessory to wear on a collar! Mimi Green creates amazing collars, leashes and accessories one-at-a-time, putting a lot of love and detail into each piece. Not to worry guys, there are awesome handmade bowties too! Get a leash and collar set to go with your new accessory, or dress up the one you already have. Either way, Mimi Green will make sure that your pup looks super adorable on V-Day! Accessories start at $7.95.

Now that you’ve got flowers and accessories, don’t forget jewelry! No, not diamonds or pearls… super cool 3D dog-tags Flash Gordon Designs takes the standard pet tag to a whole new level.  Designed using sophisticated computer models and constructed with 3D printing technology, Flash Gordon stainless steel tags are more than just durable and stylish, they’re really innovative.  Our favorite? The awesome 3D Heart design! For all of the diva dogs, each tag is also available in a gold-plated finish. Tags start at $39.99.

It’s a staple to treat your valentine to dinner or some nice chocolates. While pups obviously can’t have chocolate, you can always give your furry-friend a special treat! Signature Bonz specializes in all-natural, handmade dog treats – they currently have a ton of adorable Valentine’s Day themed gifts available.  From cookies to truffles to cannolis, Signature Bonz is sure to have something your pup will just eat up!  We especially love their play on the holiday favorite, conversation hearts! Treat boxes start at $5.99.

Some like to take their valentine on a fun weekend getaway. For road trips and travel, don't forget to bring along a comfy bed for your pup! What better way to show your dog that you love her, then to give her a good night's rest? Easily portable and super cozy, our red Chill Pad is perfect for the back of your car, inside of a crate or in a hotel room. Chill Pads start at $29.

How will you be spending the holiday? Leave us a comment below!

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