Monday, 10 June 2013

Pooch gone green

Organic. Natural. Recyclable. Today, pet owners want to do their part to help preserve our planet’s natural resources, and fortunately, there are plenty of options. Reducing your pet’s carbon paw print is now a priority.  No longer relegated to the back aisles of health food stores, organic dog products are now readily available. In fact, there are so many eco-friendly dog supplies available in the market, that the options can seem overwhelming.

Below are a few factors to keep in mind:

  1. Switch to biodegradable dog waste bags

Plastic grocery bags are still in use to pick up dog's waste. The problem with plastic grocery bags is that they do not biodegrade or decompose. Plastic grocery bags overwhelm landfills, where they remain for years, harming the environment. Switching to paper grocery bags is a great first step. Opting for biodegradable, compostable waste pickup products is the next step.

Replace old dog toys with new, earth friendly alternatives. Always inspect your dog toys for tears, rips or tatters. If the toy is in disrepair, replace it right away with an earth-friendly alternative.  

  1. Choose an earth-friendly dog bed

How earth friendly is your dog bed? The sad truth is that there are many poor quality dog beds and most are made from materials that are not good for the environment or your dog. Choose a pet friendly dog bed made of fibre as it is easy to wash and eco-friendly.  It is perfect for small dogs that like to snuggle and curl up into a donut.

  1. Switch to organic dog treats

This one is easy! What dog doesn’t love treats? Forget about those “mystery treats” from the big chain stores. Organic dog treats are just as tasty, and they are way better for your pet. Organic dog treats, with natural, healthy ingredients taste fantastic and they are a wise choice for your pet. Organic dog treats do not use the chemicals and preservatives that are found in store-bought treats. Not only are they better for the planet, they are better for your dog. Woof!

  1. Look stylish, indoors and out

Made from sustainably grown hemp and organic cotton, eco-friendly leashes and collars look good and are green. Hemp is biodegradable, strong, durable and hypoallergenic, and flourishes without pesticides. Though not all cities have leash laws, keeping your pet tethered is important for all wildlife. Cats and dogs are both known for reduced populations of birds and wild rodents.

  1. Washing with WHAT?

Another part of having a lovable fur ball is keeping them clean. When your cuddle monster gets grungy, reach for a shampoo that is free of the same questionable and toxic chemicals you would normally avoid for yourself. Known for everything from irritating skin to contributing to a variety of cancers, these chemicals have the same impact on your pet. Hence switch to pet friendly products for healthy being of the pet. Bathe me dry, a herbal shampoo, is one such product that can be used for quick and easy non water pet bathing. We treat our dogs as “bone-a-fide” family members. We spoil them with so many cuddles, squeaky toys, baby talk – and, of course, their favourite treats. BatheMe Dry is one such treat.

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