How to be a green pet parent
by Ontario SPCA and Humane Society | General Pet Care | April 21, 2023
Today is Earth Day, and we thought it would be a great opportunity to share some tips and tricks to be a green parent to your fur baby. Let’s work together to create healthier communities for animals and people!
Consider purchasing biodegradable doggie bags over the plastic ones, buying kitty litter made out of plant-based materials like wheat or wood chips, and looking for companion animal products and toys made from recycled plastics and natural materials. Be sure to still offer cats options that they like. If they don’t like wheat or wood chips, it may stress them out if they are forced to use it, which can lead to some inappropriate house soiling.
Try using natural cleaners, such as vinegar as a surface cleaner and baking soda to absorb odour, instead of harsh chemical cleaners to clean up messes. Make sure to rinse with clean water any surface that your furry friend may lick.
Bathe with the Earth in mind
There are lots of eco-friendly options for animal shampoos and cleaning products to get your furry friend clean. Look out for tea tree oil on the ingredient list, since it can be toxic to companion animals. When in doubt about which products to use, speak with your veterinarian.
Also, be aware that some animals, like cats, clean themselves by licking. Make sure to rinse shampoos off thoroughly to avoid these products being swallowed.
Use less packaging
Buying pet products in bulk not only reduces the amount of discarded packaging, but it also helps you keep some green in your bank account. You can also look for supply companies who use sustainable packaging for their products.
Leave the car at home
If you tend to drive to a different area to take your dog for a walk, try to make use of nearby parks and trails instead.
Adopt from your local animal centre
If you’re looking to add a furry friend to your family with a new companion animal, consider adopting from your local animal centre. You’ll be giving a grateful animal a loving home and doing your part to make sure these animal centre resources can help more furry friends in need!
We hope you have a Happy Earth Day with your household!
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