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Eco-Friendly Pet Care

April 15, 2018

Earth Day is coming up April 22nd, which is right around the corner. Of course, for a growing number of people, being earth-friendly is important every day. However, this is a great time to look at our routines, and see if we can reduce waste and/or lower our carbon footprints. But are there ways to make your pet’s routine more earth-friendly? An Oconomowoc, WI vet offers some tips on how to do that in this article.


While Fido and Fluffy don’t mind sharing our things, they enjoy having some furniture made just to suit their needs. When purchasing pet bedding and/or furniture, look for products that use sustainable, eco-friendly materials. Another great option is to simply upcycle items into things for your four-legged pal. For instance, a stepladder can be upcycled into a great cat tower for your kitty! You may be surprised at how many great ideas you’ll find online.

Choosing Products

With so many different brands vying for your attention, picking pet products can be tricky. Get into the habit of reading labels, especially with your furry pal’s food and treats. Look for products with ingredient lists you can actually identify. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.


There are lots of great DIY options for making pet toys. If you have a kitty, grow small pots of organic catnip. Then, make homemade ‘mice’ out of fabric or baby socks, and fill them with catnip. You can make your dog a great rope toy by cutting an old towel or tee shirt into strips. Braid the strips together, and then braid the braids together. Tie it off with a huge knot. You’ll find lots more great ideas online. Just be sure to avoid giving your pet anything covered in glitter, varnish, or dye. Items with small parts or sharp edges are also on the no-no list.


Did you buy Fluffy an expensive cat tower, only to have her ignore it and play with a crumpled up piece of paper instead? Does your dog only play with his favorite toys, and ignore everything else? Bring unused items to a local animal shelter. This is a great way to conserve resources, and help promote good animal welfare.

Please do not hesitate to contact us, your local Oconomowoc, WI pet clinic, with any questions about your pet’s health or care. We are always happy to help!