Eco-Friendly Pet Care by Guest Blogger, August 22 2008, 0 Comments

Eco Pet

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Want to bring your 4-legged (or 2 winged, or many scaled, or whatever may apply) friend into your ever-expanding world of green living? There are several simple steps to consider when giving your furry baby the healthiest lifestyle possible while still tipping your hat to Mother Earth.

First, consider the menu you feed your lovey as nutrition is a key factor in the health (and ability to resist disease) of our pets. Most pet foods are composed of reconstituted animal by-products, essentially rejects from the beef and poultry industries. Choose natural or organic products that use minimal processing and few ingredients, while opting for natural preservatives like vitamin C or E.

Second, you may want to consider the accoutrements surrounding your pooch or kitty—such as cat litter, doggie bed and various toys and such. For cat litter, avoid clumping clay litter that contains carcinogenic silica dust and sodium betonite, both of which are harmful to your fluffball. Not to mention the frown from Mother Nature regarding the strip-mining employed to get the clay. When shopping for pet recreation, opt for herbicide- and pesticide-free toys and clothing and bedding made from recycled or sustainable materials. For collars, try nixing the typical nylon style (made from petroleum), and go for hemp ones. While there are many avenues in which to continue your green pet endeavor, lastly here I'll mention the use of pet and earth friendly products to clean your furry friends and the various messes they seem to make.

If you're looking to expand your family, consider that shelter workers are forced to euthanize an estimated 3-4 million homeless cats and dogs each year while an additional 70,000 puppies and kittens are born every day in the U.S. Find your next baby at and after adoption, get him/her spayed or neutered asap.

And if you really want to go all out, try purchasing green tags to offset Fido's and Snowball's carbon footprint—because you may not be able to offset the muddy ones they left on the couch.

Guest Blogger: Julie Reitz