It's Greening Cats And Dogs!
Pollution Prevention Ideas for Pet Care
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We love our pets and treat them like they are part of the family. Just as toxic chemicals, unhealthy air and water are harmful to the environment and humans, they are unhealthy and sometimes fatal to our pets. And just like any member of the family, pets can create a lot of waste and use a lot of resources. 
There are many things you can do - from feeding your pet better food to picking up waste - so that your pet leaves a smaller "paw print" on the earth.
Pet Waste
  • Always pick-up dog waste and dispose of it in the trash.  Dog feces can pollute water and carry bacteria and parasites that can make people sick. It should not be composted even in a biodegradable bag. 
  • Pet waste brochures, posters and fact sheets from Campaign For Clean Water.
  • Readabout DEEP's "Give A Bark" Campaign.
  • There are many types of cat litter on the market. Clumping cat litters are typically made of sodium bentonite, a naturally forming clay which is surface mined. Consider using an eco-friendly litter made from pine, recycled newspaper, corn cobs, wheat or wood shavings. 
  • Dispose of cat litter in the trash. Don't ever flush cat litter down the toilet or compost it.
Toxic Chemicals and Household Products
Did you know?
A teaspoon of antifreeze (ethylene glycol) can kill a 10 lb cat and 1-2 tablespoons are lethal to a 10 lb dog. They are attracted to its sweet taste or will pick it up on their paws. Clean up spills immediately or switch to propylene glycol which is better for the environment and safer for your pet.
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Content last updated October 2019