Go Green


March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day. St. Patrick was one of the patron saints of Ireland. Don’t forget to wear green. Since green will be the thematic color for March, let us discuss how we can “green” up our pet care and be a little more environmentally conscious. With global warming and abnormal weather patterns, we should make an effort to becoming more eco-friendly in regards to our pets. Though small, our furry friends do leave a carbon footprint. Here are a few tips to “go green” for St. Patrick’s Day.


1. Consider biodegradable litter for your cat. Clay litter is commonly strip-mined. The clumping types also contain substances that expand when wet therefore increasing landfill mass.
2. Place your canine’s feces in biodegradable bags that will breakdown over time in the landfills.
3. When bathing your pets, use natural based shampoos and cleansers that will not contaminate water supplies or impact our waterways.
4. Intergrate natural flea, tick, pest controls in your regimen ie. lemongrass, peppermint, rosemary, thyme, lemon rinses for your dog, and diatomaceous earth.
5. Spay and neuter your pet. Approximately 70,000 puppies and kittens are born every day in the United States and all of these babies are not getting homes but are instead being euthanized.
6. Purchase pet toys made from recycled material.
7. Use natural and organic foods that have no preservatives, growth hormones or antibiotics and certified by the USDA.
8. Put a bell on your outdoor cat. If it’s a hunter this will cut down on its impact on native wildlife.


These are a few things to consider. There are many books and articles that can provide more insight and information about environment conservation, recycling, and decreasing your carbon footprint. As the population increases on the human side, our pet population is also growing. We need to keep our planet as healthy as we keep our pets. Even your furry friend can make it’s contribution to saving our “big blue marble in space”.


Felix C. Pryor, DVM
Lake Veterinary Clinic


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