Lowering Your Pet's Environmental Pawprint
Pets can also make the switch to environmentally sustainable behaviours and reducing their environmental paw print. Here are some tips to help your pet become more green.
Reduce, Reuse, Petcycle
- Help reduce the population of pets by spaying and neutering your pets.
- Adopting pets from animal shelters and rescues humanely reduces stress on the environment by not adding to the population.
By their bowl
- Buy locally sourced, organic, food food. Some brands such as Acana and Orijen use regionally sourced products. At Pounce & Hound Fine Pet Goods, Organix food is also available for pets.
- Use protein sources that have a lower environmental impact such as rabbit and chicken.
- Buy larger volumes of dog food so you do not go through as much packaging.
- Ceramic and stainless steel make for much longer lasting bowls as they are very durable. They also hold much less bacteria and contaminants than plastic and silicone.
- Buy toys and beds with natural fibres such as hemp that are high quality, long lasting and environmentally friendly.
- Craft pet toys at home from materials such as old jeans. Make sure that they are made from durable material to prevent choking.
- Donate lightly used toys to your local animal shelter or rescue.
- Use biodegradable dog waste bags and scoop their poop to prevent contamination of waterways.
- Environmentally friendly biodegradable litter made from natural ingredients such as pine, sawmill scrap or corn husks are a very green option, such as World’s Best Cat Litter.
- Dispose of the litter in a safe manner as cat feces can harm water quality.
- Use shampoos and grooming products that are organically sourced and made of natural ingredients, like Pounce & Hound’s Apothecary line.
- Choose groomers that use these products.
Keep cats indoors
- Cats that hunt pose risk to the songbird population. Please keep your cats indoors, where are safe and songbirds are safe too.
Pandosy Village Veterinary Hospital and Pounce and Hound Fine Pet Goods try to source all of our products with the environment in mind. Visit our shop to learn more about lowering your pet's environmental pawprint.
Panodsy Village Veterinary Hospital
2720 Richter Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y2R4