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Eco-Friendly Pet Care
April 1, 2021

Earth Day is April 24th! Every year, there are more and more events and promotions to help spread awareness about the importance of protecting our beautiful planet. As it turns out, there are some things you can do to make your pet care regimen more eco-friendly. A local Gresham, OR vet lists some of them in this article.


S  hop Wisely

When shopping, try to opt for products that use sustainable resources. Buying locally is even better, as it cuts down on transportation and, therefore, fuel consumption.


Reduce Waste

Reducing waste is one of the things that can make a huge difference. When possible, buy pet products in bulk. This will reduce packaging. Just don’t get more than you can use before it spoils. You can also try using towels or microfiber cloths instead of napkins for cleaning.


Donate

Want to reduce your pet’s carbon pawprint? Donate unused goods to shelters or charities, rather than discarding them. No point in letting that cat tower Fluffy never uses just gather dust when the humane society could use it!


Spay/Neuter

We can’t overstate the importance of this one. Pet overpopulation is a huge issue, and one that is draining a lot of resources. Don’t let your furry buddy add to the problem by producing unplanned or unwanted litters.


Cleaning

Always pick up after your dog when walking him. Dog feces are a major source of water contamination. As for Fluffy, use biodegradable garbage bags for dirty litter. Finally, use organic, earth-friendly products for picking up messes.


Compost

Did your pet turn their nose up at their dinner? If you have a composting bin, put the scraps in that! You’ll not only reduce waste, you’ll also be able to use the composted soil to help your garden or houseplants.


Plants

Speaking of plants, do you have spots for a few more? Plants will not only filter the air, they also make your place look and smell nice. Just stick with pet-safe options. You can find them on the ASPCA website here .


Preventative Care

Protecting your pet from things like fleas, ticks, and heartworms is much easier than treating for these issues. It also uses less resources. Keep up with your pet’s veterinary care.


As your Gresham, OR pet clinic, we’re dedicated to offering great care. Please do not hesitate to reach out if ever we can be of assistance.

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