8 Ways to Lower Your Pet’s Eco Pawprint

We’re a country of pet lovers. Ninety and a half million families – or 70% of American households – own a pet, according to the American Pet Products Association.

One hundred and thirty-five million cats and dogs live in our homes, and many more amphibians, fish, birds, rodents and reptiles bring joy to our lives.

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We love our furry friends and family, but, like us, their needs have an impact on the environment. Here are a few ways to lessen the environmental pawprint of your animal companions.

1. Chow Down Sustainably

Many of us turn to our dietary choices as a way to lower our personal carbon footprint. When 14.5% of all greenhouse gas emissions come from meat production.

 After researching your breed’s needs and consulting with a pet nutritionist, you might consider switching to plant-based pet foods and slowly incorporating them into your current feeding routine.

2. Non-Toxic Grooming and Pest Prevention

For preventing pests, start with basic nontoxic measures: frequent baths in hot water, grooming and vacuuming your home regularly.

When more serious measures are necessary, avoid flea collars that contain the pesticides tetrachlorvinphos, propoxur, permethrin and amitraz.

3. Take Care of Business

It’s estimated that poop from pets every year is equivalent to the total waste of Maryland – but if you take care to dispose of it properly, its impact can be minimized.

The EPA does say that pet owners can flush un-bagged dog poop down the toilet or bury it in the yard far from your home and garden and at least 12 inches below the surface.


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