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With Earth Day coming up April 22nd, you may see quite a few local events and sales going on to promote sustainable and eco-friendly living. Have you ever wondered about how to reduce your pet’s carbon pawprint? A Tipp City, OH vet offers a few suggestions below.
When it’s time to replace your pet’s bed, consider upcycling some used furniture instead of buying a new one. People have made very attractive pet beds from a variety of secondhand items, such as end tables, suitcases, hatboxes, pallets, and even tractor tires. This also applies to kitty furniture, such as cat towers, catwalks, and kitty tents. Look online for specific ideas.
Use real towels or microfiber cloths when picking up your furry buddy’s messes. You can just wash and reuse them, instead of throwing them away.
When shopping for your four-legged buddy, try to choose products that use sustainable resources and earth-friendly packaging. Every little bit helps!
You can also go the DIY route when replacing your pet’s playthings. Fluffy won’t care if her catnip mice come from home-grown catnip plants and pieces of fabric. There are also lots of great DIY options for dog toys. For example, you can make Fido a great rope toy by cutting a tee shirt or towel into thin strips, and braiding the strips together. You’ll find lots more great ideas online.
One of the best things you can do to support animal welfare is to adopt your next pet from a shelter. There are thousands—if not millions—of sweet pets in shelters, hoping someone will give them a second chance.
Making sure your own pet has been fixed is also important. With shelters overflowing with unwanted pets, it can be hard to justify letting your own furry friend reproduce. A single pair of cats can have as many as 11, 606, 077 descendants in just 11 years!
If you do decide to get a pet from a breeder or store, be sure to choose a reputable one. This is particularly important with exotic pets. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon to find wild animals for sale at trade shows. This is bad for both the pet and the environment.
Please feel free to contact us, your local Tipp City, OH vet clinic, anytime. We are dedicated to providing great veterinary care!