Dog ‘waste’ is a major concern for the environmentally conscious pet owner. Especially since the 78 million dogs in America produce 10 million TONS of dog ‘waste’ each year. The way you pick up and dispose of your pup’s poo has a major effect on the environment when you consider those stats. Here are some options to make cleanup more ‘green’:
When warm weather finally arrives, dogs are just as eager to get out and enjoy it as their owners are. But both canines and humans alike face a trade-off: with sunshine and climbing temperatures come pests like fleas and the dreaded mosquito. Those biting little buggers can do more than give you an itch to scratch – they can give your dog heartworm, a potentially fatal parasite.
In the future, I need to remind myself that there is no such thing as “just looking” when it comes to a visit to the animal shelter. Set foot through that door and it’s a virtual certainty that you’re going home with new member of the family. I learned this the hard way when we spontaneously decided to pop by a local shelter last week and wound up coming home with an adorable Terrier mix named Andy.
Cats have a reputation for being low- or even no-maintenance when it comes to keeping clean. It’s true that they’re a fastidious species, but grooming is something that most cat owners will have to think about at some point in their pets’ lives. As an added benefit, grooming can help keep your cat’s shedding under control, cutting down on the amount of cat hair you need to deal with in your home.
As the days get longer and temperatures start their slow upward climb, dog owners’ minds turn to all the fun they’ll soon be having, together with their four-legged friends, outdoors. But along with that anticipation comes an annual concern: fleas. Protecting your pet from infestations of these disease-carrying parasites can be a tricky business if you use conventional methods. However, taking a natural approach to flea control will help you and your pet rest easy and stay healthy.
What could be better, in your dog’s mind, than a free and unencumbered run through the outdoors? On the list of things he enjoys, a trip to the off-leash dog park probably ranks right near the top. But when you visit the park, you’re sure to encounter other dogs - and their owners - so sharing the space politely is a priority.
If there’s one thing dogs love, it’s being outdoors - and the same can be said of residents and visitors of Missoula, Mont. Nicknamed the “garden city” because it enjoys a milder year-round climate than the rest of the state, Missoula has something to do in every season. And with a population that boasts one dog for every two people, you can bet that plenty of the activities in the area are pup-friendly.