Tips for Eco-Friendly Pet Care

Are you trying to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle? If so, that’s great! There are certainly no downsides to trying to reduce waste and eliminate harmful chemicals from your life. Of course, you can also incorporate some more earth-friendly practices into your pet’s care regimen. Read on as a Lakeville, MN vet offers some eco-friendly pet care tips.


Always take time to look at the labels when choosing your pet’s toys. Try to pick ones that are made of eco-friendly materials, such as hemp. Because regulations on pet products are not universal, imported playthings could potentially contain unsafe materials, so we recommend avoiding toys made overseas. Another way to make your furry buddy’s toy box earth-friendly is to make your pet’s toys yourself. Grow your own catnip, and sew little mice for Fluffy out of discarded clothes. You can also make some fun doggy toys for Fido. For instance, an old tee shirt, cut into strips and braided, can make a great rope toy. Look online for more ideas.


Why not make your pet’s treats? There are lots of recipes online for homemade goodies you can make for pets. Use organic, locally-grown foods. Just be sure to use only pet-safe ingredients, such as eggs; sodium-free broth; and boneless, skinless meat, fish, or poultry. Many fruits and veggies are also safe for our furry friends. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.


There are some great options for making DIY pet beds. You can turn a console TV, hard shell suitcase, hatbox, or an end table with doors into an adorable and cozy bed for a cat or small dog just by adding some paint and pillows. You can make beds for larger pets out of pallets, wine barrels, or even crib mattresses.


Does your canine buddy have a thin coat? If so, Fido may appreciate an extra layer of warmth on cool days. Instead of spending money on new things, make your pup’s clothing from scratch, or try upcycling children’s clothes. Just be sure to avoid anything with dangly threads and/or small parts, such as buttons. You’ll also want to make sure your furry friend’s clothes fit well, and are not tight or itchy.

Is your pet due for veterinary care? Please contact us, your Lakeville, MN animal clinic, anytime. We will provide your furry friend with the best veterinary care around.