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How to Be an Earth-Friendly Pet Parent

You may be recycling and composting to help save the planet, but did you know that you can help your pet reduce his carbon footprint, too?

Earth-Friendly Pet Parent for You, the Environment and Your Pet Dog's Health It's true. Becoming an eco-friendly pet parent means you care about your pet's impact on the environment. You not only buy organic produce and meat from sustainable, local farms, but you choose eco-friendly pet products and holistic, natural alternatives to chemicals and additives. If going green has always been your dream, today we're going to show you how to be an earth-friendly pet parent the easy way.

What Does Eco-Friendly Have to Do With Pets?

You may not have realized it, but many pet cleaners are filled with toxic chemicals and fragrances that shouldn't even be allowed near pets. You'll also find harmful chemicals in some of the most common dog food brands (thanks to the use of pesticides) and even in those fun toys for sale at the pet store. Unfortunately, when these products are used, both you and your pets will be breathing in or ingesting these toxic chemicals. So not only are you putting both your health and your pet's at risk, you'll also be hurting the environment along the way. This is exactly why the need for earth-friendly pet products is on the rise.

Here's How You Can Become an Earth-Friendly Pet Parent:

Chemical-Free Cleaners are Just as Effective as More Toxic Ones

Step number one: Get rid of any chemical-filled cleaners you have in your home. Don't know what's safe? Check the ingredient labels for:
  • Phthalates
  • Triclosan
  • Ammonia
  • Chlorine
  • Sodium hydroxide
These are just a few examples of the most common substances to watch out for. The good news is that many eco-friendly cleaners are just as effective without being so harsh. Look for ones with naturally derived (and organic) ingredients such as lemon or baking soda. Try your hand at a homemade concoction of vinegar and baking soda that does just the trick when it comes to pet messes. Combining baking soda and peroxide also works if you don't like the smell of vinegar.

Use Natural Flea Protection

Most people instinctively turn to chemicals to protect their pets from fleas, but it doesn't need to be this way. You may like to try an easy and safe solution, which allows you to use lemons and apple cider vinegar as a form of natural flea protection. We also talked about how to use diatomaceous earth in your home to stomp out pests the natural and safe way. These holistic remedies will keep the fleas"”and chemicals"”away from your pets and family and won't harm the planet.

Toss Out Chemical-filled Toys & Replace With These

Toys are another place chemicals like to hide. Luckily, you'll find plenty of green-friendly options on the market if you know where to look. Companies like Olive offer toys made from organic cotton and toxic-free types of rubber in the case of their bones and chew toys. You can even find organic catnip for your beloved feline friends. Hemp is another great natural alternative that can be found in everything from foods and treats to collars and leashes.

Use Biodegradable Litter (& Use it in Your Compost)

Cat parents, you can help even further by using biodegradable litter. Litter such as Feline Pine is made from a pine wood that can be flushed or used in your compost heap. You can also find several litters"”including one made of ground walnut shells"”from Blue Buffalo. These can be flushed or composted as well. By using these earth-friendly litters, you'll be helping the planet and keeping things fresh at the same time. As you can see, becoming an earth-friendly pet parent has never been easier. Just do your research, find brands dedicated to sustainable practices, and read ingredient labels carefully. With so many green options on the market, you just need to make a few simple swaps to keep your family, pets, and our planet a little bit healthier. Earth-Friendly Pet Parent and Dog Seat Covers: Cargo, Dog Bed Liner, Bed Cover: 30% Off Premium Seat Covers

ann shea (craig davis)Craig Davis

Craig Davis, CEO and Chief Happiness Officer at Craig is the founder of Vet Organics, where he and his team share additional pet-related articles on the company's blog. Vet Organics is an eCommerce provider of EcoEars and an array of premium natural products dedicated to the health and wellness of pets.

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