In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, here are some different ways to “go green” for healthier pets and a cleaner environment.
• Quench your pet’s thirst with filtered tap water rather than bottled water. If you do use a bottle, recycle it.
• Use biodegradable bags instead of plastic ones as doggie pooper scoopers. For cats, choose earth-friendly litters and avoid brands with mined minerals.
• Go with environmentally safe pet shampoos and grooming products when you can.
• Cut back in simple ways, like walking to the park instead of driving or cleaning up with rags instead of paper products.
• Try your hand at making your own healthy pet treats and store them in a reusable container.
• Buy large size pet supplies, so you’ll make fewer trips to the store and have less packaging to throw away.
Also, if you’re signed up for our “Go Paperless” option, you’re helping the environment by getting your plan and available communications online rather than by mail.
If you haven’t signed up for paperless, you can do so anytime at the Member Center.
Even though the weather outside might be frightful, it’s still important to take your dog outdoors for fresh air and exercise. To help, the ASPCA® experts provide guidelines for pet parents to follow that will keep their dog’s skin and paws in tip-top shape during walks this winter.
Before the Walk:
• Dress your dog in a sweater to help retain body heat and protect his or her skin from the cold.
• Trim your pooch’s hair to keep ice, salt or chemicals from clinging to it and drying onto the skin.
• If your dog doesn’t like to wear booties, rub petroleum jelly on the bottom of your pet’s feet to protect them from irritation.
During the Walk:
• Keep your dog on grass or snow and avoid salty, slippery sidewalks.
• Carry a towel with you to wipe off your pet’s paws, if needed.
• Remember, if it’s too cold outside for you, it’s probably too cold for your furry best friend. Try short, frequent walks instead of one long walk.
After the Walk:
• Wash and towel dry your dog’s feet to remove any salt or chemicals. Don’t forget to clean in between your dog’s toes!
• Brush your pet’s hair to stimulate overall blood circulation.
• Make sure your pooch has plenty of water to drink, which will keep his or her skin hydrated.
For more suggestions, read ASPCA’s Top Ten Winter Skin & Paw Care Tips or Cold Weather Tips.