Earth Day is coming up on April 22nd. With the number of environmental issues we are facing growing ever more concerning, it’s definitely a good thing to turn the focus to our beautiful planet, and to raise awareness about things we can do to help protect and preserve it. As it turns out, our canine companions are more than happy to help out in that regard. A local Sherman Oaks, CA vet offers some advice on reducing your pup’s carbon pawprint in this article.
Buy In Bulk
Buying things in bulk can help cut down on the amount of plastics and packaging you use. There is a sweet spot here, though. If you’re getting kibble, you don’t want to get so much that it goes bad before you can use it.
Pick Nutritious Food
When picking your canine pal’s food, always look at the label. You want things that list mostly whole, healthy ingredients, such as beef or chicken. Avoid products that contain a lot of fillers, such as corn syrup.
Choose Eco-Friendly Products
When you go shopping, opt for things that use sustainable resources. This applies to things like grooming supplies, beds, and cleaning products, as well as your furry pal’s toys and food.
Pick Up After The Pooch
This one is more than simple courtesy: it’s also important for the environment. Dog waste is actually a major water contaminant. Using biodegradable bags will also help.
Keep Up With Preventative Care
It’s much easier to prevent issues than it is to treat them. Treating medical conditions in pets also means using resources, which includes everything from gas for the ride over to medicine and supplies. Keeping up on your furry friend’s vaccinations and parasite control! As the saying says, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound—or in this case, several pounds—of cure.
Get Fido Fixed
Pet overpopulation is a huge problem. With so many homeless animals out there already, getting your canine friend fixed is just the responsible thing to do. If your pooch is still intact, schedule that appointment right away.
Another thing you can do is to make your home more hospitable for local wildlife. This can entail putting in a birdbath, birdhouse, or bird feeder; removing invasive plants; and/or planting beneficial native species.
Happy Earth Day! Contact us, your Sherman Oaks, CA animal clinic, anytime! We’re here to help!