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HOW TO RAISE A GREEN DOG



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If you thought that being eco-friendly was reserved solely for the two-legged animals on the planet, then think again. One of the newer trends in the green movement is thinking green for pets as well.

Americans spend $36 billion on pampered pets each year, according to MSN Money. These days more and more dollars being are being diverted to products that are environmentally responsible. But what items can you buy for your pet that are green? Just a quick search will yield many.

Biodegradable pet waste bags: It's the law in many communities to clean up after dogs when taking them out for potty breaks. The standard is a plastic bag for retrieving waste. However, we know how good plastic is for the environment. Biodegradable bags feel like plastic but are actually made from corn. Look for BioBag for dogs if you're interested in this item.

Green cat litter: Advances in cat litter have led to many new products. There are also cat litters that boast that they're environmentally friendly. Elegant Cat(R), for example, is flushable and biodegradable. Made from all-natural materials, the litter does not produce errant dust, and waste clumps can be safely flushed in a toilet. Additionally, the product contains natural chlorophyll to control odors.

Recycled pet toys: Manufacturers are turning recycled materials into products for pets. For example, recycled plastic is showing up in dog chew toys. One company, Bark for Peace, is recycling sweaters into dog pull toy ropes. You can also find cat scratching posts made from recycled materials.

Clean and green: There are pet grooming supplies that are purported to be eco-friendly, and as a bonus, safer for your pets. Shampoos, toothpastes, deodorant sprays, and more are made from all-natural ingredients that are also safer for the environment. Spot Organics, for example, focuses on organic aromatherapy to help combat canine ailments like fleas, anxiety and bad breath.

Organic foods: What pet owner doesn't want to take the best care possible of his or her pet? What a dog, cat or other animal eats can go a long way to affecting the animal's health. Foods untouched by pesticides, hormones and preservatives are very popular. Considering organic food? Newman's Own has developed products based on the latest information in pet nutrition.

With just a little research you can take the steps to ensure your pet is living a green lifestyle, too.

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