Going Green, An Ongoing Series
In our last edition, we talked about using everyday household products to polish silver, deter ants and eliminate warts. In this edition, we are going to talk about getting your pets in on the action and how going green just isn't for humans.
It is important to me that I know what is going into my body and being a pet owner, the same holds true for my dog. With all of the scary statistics and horror stories that can be found, it makes me sick to my stomach to think about what is really in pet food. Be conscience about what you are buying. I would like to think you aren't going to eat something poisonous so why would you feed it to your beloved pets? Also keep in mind to buy in bulk. It might seem obvious, but buying pet food and other pet products in bulk saves you extra trips to the store and avoids needless plastic packaging or cardboard boxes that end up in the local landfill anyway.
When purchasing pet gear, keep in mind of the materials that were made to produce them. I recently picked up a new dog bed made out of recycled plastic bottles. Also, consider purchasing locally produced toys to reduce your pet’s energy use. When toys are made so far away, they create a larger environmental footprint as they travel across the ocean.
Although looking after your pet’s insides is extremely important, what you put on the outside makes a huge difference to their health and well-being, too. For both bathing and getting rid of fleas, there are plenty of natural options available at retail centers like Native Remedies. This site offers products that provide a gentler alternative to support your pet’s immune system, and won’t contain potentially harmful chemicals which can wreak havoc with your pet’s health if ingested.
Last but not least, limit the number of pets you have. Believe me, if I could have 10 dogs, I would. Not only because they are hilarious and adorable, but because there are too many in shelters and it's heartbreaking for me to think about how many animals are euthanized every day. Take the advice of Bob Barker....
This will help keep the number of pets (and their environmental impact) under control.
Realizing how our pets can be environmentally friendly can help them to be healthier and happier. And everyone loves a happy, healthy pet!
Here are a few websites if you are in the Louisville, KY area and are looking for an honest, local company to shop for your pet.
Feeders Supply has few locations around Louisville and carry many options in food, treats and toys.