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8 Ways To Green Your Pet Care Routine

Earth Day is coming up April 22nd! With climate change and environmental issues now in the news every day, many people are taking an interest in conservation. Read on as a London, ON vet offers some advice on reducing your pet’s carbon pawprint.

Bulk Up

It’s no secret that buying in bulk is often cheaper. This is a good option for things like kitty litter and kibble. However, you don’t want to get too much kibble, as it may go bad before you can use it.

Shop Wisely

One of the best things you can do is support companies that use earth-friendly practices and sustainable resources. Get into the habit of reading labels, and choose eco-friendly products. Ask your vet for specific advice on what to look for as far as ingredients.

Avoid Plastic Bags

Plastic is a huge threat to our oceans’ health. The less you use, the better! Get into the habit of bringing reusable bags with you when you shop for your pet.

Green Clean Routine

Many household cleaning agents are quite toxic, and are filled with harsh chemicals. Opt for environmentally-safe cleaners instead. Also, use washable rags or cloths, instead of paper towels, for cleaning.

Donate

Is Fluffy ignoring that expensive cat tower you bought her, and hanging out on the back of the couch? Does Fido have too many toys? Donate unwanted items to local charities or shelters.

Spay/Neuter

Getting your pet fixed may not seem like an environmental issue, but it actually is. This is the best way to fight pet overpopulation, which is a serious issue!

Clean Up

Dog feces are actually a major source of water contamination. Always pick up after your canine buddy! If possible, choose biodegradable bags.

Plants

Do you often find yourself using aerosol sprays to fight pet odors? Get some pet-safe plants instead. These will not only help filter the air, they’ll also make your home look nice! Check the ASPCA website here for a list of safe options.

Go DIY

Another great way to conserve resources is to make your pet’s clothes, toys, and bedding. You’ll find great ideas online for making anything from doggy rope toys to pet beds to cat towers!

Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Please reach out to us, your London, ON vet clinic, anytime. We are here to help!

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