Earth Day isn’t far off now! It seems every year there are more climate-related issues and disasters on the news. While no one person can solve all these issues, there are some small steps you can take to help protect and preserve our beautiful planet. In fact, why not ‘green’ up your pet care routine? A local Sarasota, FL vet lists a few ways you can do that below.
Packaging is a major source of waste. Try to reduce the amount of packaging you use by buying in bulk when you can. (Note: when it comes to things like treats and kibble, you don’t want to get too much at once: it may go bad before you can use it.)
Is your kitty ignoring that expensive cat tower you got her? Does Fido ignore those expensive toys you thought he would love? Look into donating these goods to a local shelter, or perhaps to a service that helps families in need. No sense letting unused things just sit around!
One great way to conserve resources is to make your pet’s things out of recycled or thrifted goods. There are some really cute and clever ways to make pet beds out of things like hard-shell suitcases or hatboxes, dressers, tables, or even pallets. An old stepladder can find a new ‘purrpose’ as a cat tower, while that toddler mattress your child outgrew may make a perfect bed for Fido.
Another way you can make a difference is to just pay attention to the pet products you buy. Get into the habit of reading labels. As much as possible, opt for things that use eco-friendly, sustainable resources and processes. Buying goods that were made locally is also beneficial, as it reduces shipping costs. Also, consider buying earth-friendly household goods, such as cleaners and detergents.
Pet overpopulation is a huge problem. It’s particularly an issue in warmer areas, such as ours. If your dog or cat hasn’t been fixed yet, we recommend seeing to this right away. With so many cute, lovable pets already up for adoption in shelters, there’s just no need to add to those numbers with unwanted litters. (Bonus: your furry pal will also be calmer, quieter, and better behaved after.)
As your local Sarasota, FL pet clinic, we are dedicated to offering top-notch veterinary care. Call us anytime!