You may not even be aware of the fact that your usual cleaning products, be it for your home, pet or yourself, can do a lot of harm to the environment. After all, your home is the biggest producer of waste. In that respect, switching to natural, green and eco-friendly products can make a big difference. Not only will you minimize your carbon footprint, but if you make sure to use eco-friendly grooming solutions for your pup, you’ll ensure its complete safety, health and happiness. As a responsible pet owner and environmentally aware person, you may want to check out the following dog care tips and tricks.
Eco-friendly grooming products
Obviously, this is the first step you should take in order to reduce waste, minimize the negative environmental effect and actually improve your pup’s health. There are plenty of eco-friendly and natural pet grooming products. From shampoos and conditioners to deodorants that are biodegradable, you can make sure that your pet is clean and that no environmental damage has been done. Not to mention that you can also make your own natural cleaning agents for home, so that there are no toxins involved and your pet is safe from the fumes.
Scoop the poop green
You may think that this is a silly tip since the usual assumption is that dog’s poop is biodegradable. However, it can lead to serious water contamination. Therefore, you don’t want just to throw it away in the bin, but flush it down the toilet instead. Obviously, get yourself some usable and biodegradable poop bags. This is very important for keeping the environment safe – so, if you often rely on professional dog walking services, make sure to discuss this, and have them use the same method when walking your dog as well. Those of you who compost can also make use of dog poop this way.
Fight the fleas in a natural manner
So, what about fleas? These rascals can be really dangerous for your pet and the usual solutions are full of chemicals and toxins. Well, there are actually plenty of natural solutions you may have yet to discover that successfully repel fleas. Essential oils, for example, are a great way to keep fleas at bay. Not to mention that you can make sure your yard is also safe from fleas. This can be done with the help of cedar chips and diatomaceous earth. These are all green ways of dealing with this particular problem. Look into natural solutions before you give in and choose chemical repellent.
Accessories can be green, too
Dog accessories can also be very damaging for the environment, especially when you throw the old stuff away. However, you don’t have to sacrifice the comfort and happiness of your pup in order to lead an eco-friendly lifestyle. You can easily find recycled dog beds as well as organic pet toys made of cotton. Even leashes can be green if you look into ones made from recycled climbing ropes. Of course, don’t throw away all this stuff once your dog has no use for them. Donate the accessories, or give them to a friend.
Organic pet food
Now, this may seem like a truly expensive part of green pet care, but it really doesn’t have to be. It’s important to stay aware of the fact that your dog will probably react badly and even develop allergies to foods that are not of best quality and full of chemicals. And you don’t want to support such food production anyway. Just do your research and look into pet food that’s made in a natural and sustainable way, and is hormones-free. On the other hand, if this is not something that’s possible for you personally, you can always cook for your pet. If you care about the environment and minimizing your carbon footprint, you have definitely already switched to organic food yourself. So, feel free to make something healthy for your dog as well.
Living a green and sustainable lifestyle is perfectly possible with a pet around. Therefore, there’s no excuse for using harsh chemicals and non-green accessories for your dog when canines benefit a lot more from everything that’s natural, just like humans do.