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Green pets or an eco friendly pet means your pet is going green!  Eco-friendly living extends to our precious pets.  They rely on us to provide healthy and safe home environments free of environmental hazards.  And because our pets have a carbon pawprint, there are simple steps you, as an animal parent/guardian, can take to green your pets and help the planet, too!

7 Easy Tips For An Eco Friendly Pet:

1. Rescue an animal. This act alone will save the life of a dog, cat, bunny, rodent, horse or whatever animal(s) you choose to bring home from an animal shelter or rescue group.  In the United States alone, each year 4 to 6 million dogs and cats end up in animal shelters. Of these animals, 2-3 million are put to death because not enough homes are available.

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Caring for your pet during the Holiday Season is just a matter of being aware of your surroundings and taking precautionary measures  to eliminate potential hazards to your companion animals.  There are simple things you can do to ensure your companion animals enjoy the Holiday Season.

Here are 10 pet care tips for a safe Holiday Season:

1.  Food –  There are certain food items you do not want to give to Fido and Kitty.

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Cold weather safety is crucial when caring for pets.  Here are 10 winter pet care tips to keep pets safe in cold weather.

1. Never leave your cat or dog alone in a car during cold weather. Just like in summer, a car traps heat and in winter in traps cold.  Our companion animals can freeze to death in the cold and winter.

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Knowing how to select cat litters is important for green pets.  A natural cat litter may not necessarily mean a safe cat litter for your cat(s) or the environment. 


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When you realize that a flea and tick treatment is essentially a pesticide or insecticide, it may make you think twice before using it on your precious companion animal(s).  Not only is the use of pesticides/insecticides not an eco friendly living choice, but actually using them in your home environment may be hazardous to you, your family and your pet’s health.  You know that awful odour that comes from a flea and tick collar?  The collar is literally soaked in chemical pesticides.  YUCK!  You do not want that around your pet’s neck or to be breathing that in.

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Below is a list of chemicals that may be found in popular flea and tick products.  Treatments can be collars, topicals, pills, shampoos, flea sprays, etc.  Choose wisely… Make sure you know the possible dangers before purchasing a product.  Toxins can build up over time and run down your pet’s immune system and in extreme cases cause fatalities. The list below

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Fido wants to go green too and leave as little of an impact on Earth as you do.  You can have a big influence on you dog’s carbon paw print by practicing proper pet waste disposal.  Here are some options on how to clean dog poop and dispose of it in an eco-friendly way.

Say ‘NO!’ to the “No” Disposal Method

There are people out there that think it is okay to just leave their dog’s waste in the yard.  Perhaps they are thinking…’it’s a natural fertilizer, it’s not hurting anything.  This is an incorrect assumption.  There can be worms in dog poop, parasites such as roundworms, hookworms or tapeworms.

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By doing nothing, the waste can absorb into the ground water or affect the surface water and carry pollutants into our lakes or streams. Those parasites, when absorbed into the ground water, can live in the ground for years.  Pathogens from the waste can also be picked up by humans.  It would also not be very neighbourly or considerate to leave your dog poop in somebody else’s lawn if you are taking your dog for a walk.  In fact, may cities can fine you if you do so.

The Bag and Toss Method

A lot of people reuse the plastic bags they have collected and simply pick up the waste in a bag and toss it in their garbage.  While it may be better than not picking it up, most traditional plastic bags will Read the rest of this entry »

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Disposing of cat litter does have its environmental questions and concerns, but there are steps that you can take to make the best eco friendly choice.

Choose a green cat litter litter How a litter breaks down and where it comes from has a direct effect on the disposal of it.

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Flush It

Flushable cat litter? There are many opinions about this.  The largest concern comes from Toxoplasmosis, a parasite that infects cats that can be dangerous to water life when it gets into the water stream.  Outdoor cats, particularly, can get infected with this parasite from infected rodents, birds or other small animals.  There have been some cases of sea otters dying from toxoplasmosis.  It has not been linked back to cats at this point, but flushing away your cat’s poop may not be worth if it is harming wildlife.  Check with your vet if you would like to get your cat tested.

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Green Cat Litter Options

You’ve probably asked yourself how to select the best kitty littereco living with your pets means reducing their paw print, as well.  You can be green with the cat litter you choose as there are green cat litter options. What kind of litter do you use?  Do you know the environmental impact of your choices?  A natural cat litter may not necessarily mean a safe cat litter for your cat(s) or the environment. Let’s see what your options are for cat litters


Clay cat litter is very popular choice because it is easy to find and is one of the cheapest types of litter on the market.  Sure, it’s inexpensive and most of us have probably used it, but it is not an eco friendly product; thus, not good choice for the Earth, your cat or you!  Clay litter is strip-mined at the rate of 2.1 million TONS (that’s 42,000,000,000 pounds) and this causes severe environmental damage.  How about the dust?  It is awful stuff!  It can cause breathing difficulties or

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Pottenger’s Cat Study

Process foods, cooked foods are not wholesome foods; not for you, not for your pets.  Dr. F. Pottenger conducted a research study, the “Pottenger’s Cats” study, in the 1930s and 1940s involving 900 cats.  His research pointed to the multiple cat health issues caused by consuming cooked foods.  No magic, really.  The convenience of packaged and processed foods comes with a VERY high price.  Healthy living foods are good for us and our pets.  The simpler, fresher and more wholesome one’s food, the better one’s health.

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I have a Great Dane and she poops allot. I feel guilty throwing away so many bags of poo a day that I know will just end up in a landfill. I was told using a pet waste digestion system would be best but does it work during winter months? Are there any suggestions for disposing my dog’s waste safely?

Let her poop in the grass, its a lot better for the environment. It also helps the grass grow and other animals eat it.