Become a Green Pet Guardian and Benefit From an Eco-Friendly Lifestyle

Living an eco-friendly lifestyle includes every aspect of your life – your food, your activities, your personal belongings – virtually everything you own, especially your pets. You have seen the benefits of going green with your lifestyle. Your pets can enjoy multiple benefits too with you becoming a green pet guardian.

Why Go Green with Pet Care?

The only realistic answer to this question is because IT’S WORTH IT. Here are some reasons:

  • Making the green switch in your pet’s lifestyle means eliminating the carbon paw prints your pets are leaving on Planet Earth. Pets are allegedly a greater pollutant than sports cars so imagine your contribution if you go green with caring pets.
  • Eco-friendly living not only means healthy living but also safe living. By giving your pet’s lifestyle a green living makeover, you reduce, if not eliminate, the danger of poisoning them from synthetically produced products.
  • Consequently, being a green pet parent or guardian is investing on your pet’s life. Going green with pet care helps avoid untimely deaths for your pets. This means more years of companionship and friendship with your pets.
  • Best of all, you can save money. Living a healthy life mean less trips to the doctor or the vet and safe living means keeping the annual contingency budget intact.

Steps to Becoming a Green Pet Parent

Just like caring for a child, becoming a green pet parent is not an overnight task. It’s a lifetime (based on the pet’s lifespan, at least) and continuous process. But you can start with these simple, easy-to-do steps.

  • If you’re still planning to adopt a pet, look for one in animal shelters. These animals are sold at a very minimum price or even for free. Moreover, you save the life of an animal probably on the shelter’s “for mercy-killing” list.
  • The fact that the number of animals enrolled in animal shelters only shows that pet population have increased to an unmanageable rate. Spay or neuter your pets before their family tree becomes too large for you to care. Spaying or neutering also provides healthful benefits to your pets by decreasing the chances of developing cancer and prostate diseases among them.
  • Go natural with their food. Look at the labels of the pet food products you buy in pet shops and go for those made from natural ingredients. Better yet, prepare their food yourself. This way, you can be confident that only the best quality ingredients are put into their meal.
  • Substitute commercial pet care and grooming products with green ones. Commercial flea and tick treatment products contain harmful active ingredients which are harmful not only to your pets but to your kids as well. Avoid using pet beds and beddings made from polyester, which is a petroleum derivative, especially when your pet likes to chew or ingest their beds. Use natural cotton or hemp for all pet beddings.
  • Go organic with your homes. Start from your switching your household cleaning chemicals to eco-friendly products. Then change your artificial air fresheners and odor naturalizers to pure essential oils made from botanical plants. And lastly, go green with your yard by eliminating all artificial fertilizers and insecticides and use non-chemical or organic fertilizers instead. More than anyone else, your beloved pet will be the one to benefit from your eco-friendly lifestyle.
  • Let your pets play green. Pet toys and accessories can be laded with toxic chemical elements like arsenic, mercury, cadmium and lead embedded in the material that toy is made of or in paints on the toy. Fortunately for green pet lovers and guardians or parents, the pet market is increasingly becoming aware of the need to go green with pet care. Lots of eco-friendly toys, pet collars, among others, are available now in the market. Or, you can recycle old items in the house and turn them into toys for your pets. Just make sure these items aren’t harmful to them. If you’re not sure just think you’re making it for your kids.

Just by reading this far is already a starting point on your journey to becoming a green pet guardian or owner and I can feel that you’re thinking the next time you shop, you’ll bring home grocery bags full of green products for you and your pets. Congratulations!

Microchipping Your Pet – The Best Chance for Lost Pet Recovery

The statistics on the number of pets that are euthanized each year are heartbreaking. According to the most recent study by the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy, more than half of all the pets that enter shelters are euthanized. A larger percentage of cats are euthanized, because cats are less likely to enter a shelter with some form of identifying information, i.e. a collar or tag. I have so often heard about a family pet being euthanized before the family could locate their whereabouts; sometimes within hours of the pet entering a shelter. Shelters are spilling over with animals, and the animals the shelter considers “less desirable”, are usually put down first. This is particularly troubling for me because two of my four house-cats are not social with anyone other than our family. Heaven forbid, one of them should escape and find her way into the local shelter. That is the primary reason I decided to have all of my cats microchipped.

What is a microchip and how is it implanted into my pet?

A microchip is an identifying integrated circuit that is placed just under the skin of your pet. The tiny chip, about the size of a grain of rice, is made from biocompatible materials, which means it is non-toxic and will not cause an allergic reaction. The method for inserting the chip is as easy as a vaccination. Your pet is not placed under anesthesia, nor is there any recovery time. A veterinarian places the chip in a hypodermic needle and injects the chip just under the skin, usually between the shoulder blades. The chip then bonds to the tissue in your pet usually within 24 hours, which should prevent the chip from moving around. Once the chip is in place, it does not wear-out or expire; therefore it should last during the life span of your pet. Cost varies, anywhere from $30 -$100, but it is a one-time cost.

How does the microchip work?

Using RFID (Radio Frequency Identification), the chip simply stores an identifying number associated with your pet; it is not a GPS device that can locate your pet. Afterwards, the pet owner must register the pet with the appropriate microchip company. If your pet is found with a microchip, with no identifying information in a database, the chip is useless. Some companies charge a small registration fee to register your information. Once your pet’s information has been placed in the database, the information can be accessed through scanning the microchip with a scanner or reader. Microchip companies usually donate these devices to shelters and veterinarian offices. Any information changes should be updated in the data base. For instance, should you move, it is very important that your address and contact information be updated with the microchip company, especially contact numbers.

Microchip vs. Collar and Tag

Some argue that a microchip is unnecessary since their pet has a collar and identifying tag, and many cat owners who have “indoor only cats”, suggest that since their cat never goes outside, why should they invest in a microchip. First, tags and collars can fall off or be removed, leaving your pet vulnerable, without identifying information. Second, even a “housecat” can accidentally find itself outside. A visitor may leave a door open too long, or a natural disaster may leave your pet out in the elements. A microchip is the only permanent method of identification that will increase the chances that your pet will be returned to you, should the unexpected happen.

What happens if my pet gets lost?

If your pet is taken to a veterinarian office or a shelter, he/she will be scanned. Provided the chip has been registered, the identifying information will display on the scanner. Depending on the policy of the microchip company, either the microchip company will be contacted – they in turn, will contact the owner; or the pet owner will be contacted directly by the veterinarian or shelter, using the registered information in the database. This is why it is so important to keep the information accurate and up to date.

Unfortunately, due to the different frequencies, and scanners used by microchip companies, the system is not perfect. However more microchip companies are providing universal scanners that can read a range of frequencies. In addition, work is being done by the American Microchip Advisory Council to develop a network of the various company databases, which will streamline the process for locating owner information. It is best to contact local veterinarians and shelters to educate yourself on their systems for handling lost pets before choosing a microchip company. Even with a less than perfect system, microchipping does bring pets and owners back together.

Does it work?

Yes! Research has shown that the return rate of a microchipped cat entering a shelter is 20 times higher than the return rate of a cat that enters with no identifying information. Linda Lord – lead author of a study conducted by the Department of Veterinary Preventative Medicine at Ohio State University stated the following, “We found that shelters did much better than they thought they did at returning animals with microchips to their owners.” She added that pet owners should strongly consider microchipping their pets.

With the growing popularity of microchipping, microchip companies are under more pressure to change their standards to a more universal system for returning pets to their owners. This is great news for pet owners, making microchipping an even more accurate method of pet recovery. A microchip used in conjunction with a collar and ID tag is the best way to ensure that your pet finds his/her way home.

Lighted Dog Collars – Great News for Dog Lovers

Almost everyone loves dogs and many own one as a pet. As they say, dogs are man’s best friend. They are very loyal companions. If you are lonely, they will do their best to cheer you up and a strong bond between the owner and the K9 usually develops. Once this relationship is formed, dog owners pamper their pets with stylish accessories like lighted dog collars.

It is your responsibility as a doggy owner to make sure that your pet has its own collar with proper identification. Collars are vital whenever you take your pet out for a walk because with a quality collar, you can easily control your pet’s movement. This comes in handy if ever your pet has a bad temperament that day. You will be able to manage your pet well during your training.

Looking for the best collar is a must for every dog owner. Different K9 breeds require certain types of collars. For example, you cannot use a heavy dog collar for a small pet. Likewise, bigger dogs need heavier collars made especially for them. Whenever you are looking for a dog collar, you have to ensure the safety of your pet and you can do this with glow dog collars.

What are lighted dog collars?

Lighted collars for dogs look like traditional collars, but what sets them apart is that they light up. This keeps your dog safe, especially during nighttime strolls. Illuminated dog collars are made with durable and quality materials. Best of all, they are waterproof so you can wash your dog even without removing their collar.

Most lED dog collars make use of advanced technology. The light flashing from them can be seen from afar, at half a mile’s distance. They are lightweight and battery operated. For stylish dog owners, there is good news because these collars come in a wide variety of designs and colors. They also come in different sizes and can fit any size of dog. Moreover, lighted dog collars use LED lights making them battery-efficient. Apart from the lights, reflective materials are also used in the collars to make them even more highly visible. A standard watch battery can be used for these collars and will last for up to 250 hours.

Benefits of wearing Lighted Collars

Lighted collars are not merely for making your dogs look stylish though there are some owners who prefer using lighted collars over traditional ones because they look better and they have modern styles and designs. Besides that, lighted dog collars can ensure that your dog is safe during night time strolls, as mentioned earlier. There are certain instances where drivers do not see animals crossing the street at night time unlike passing cars and bicycles that have reflective lights. With lighted collars, it does not matter if your dogs will decide to walk around because they can be easily seen. This gives you the peace of mind and assurance that your dog will be safe at all times. Another, lighted dog collars lightweight compared to traditional collars. Your dogs will love you more for it.

Dog Harnesses – A Great Alternative to Dog Collars

Collars are the most well known accessory for walking a dog, but aside from collars there are also harnesses. There are many kinds of harnesses available. There are leather, basic cotton ones as well as the traditional thin ones. There are also larger cloth ones that wrap around the body, more like a jacket. They might close around the chest with a buckle, button or Velcro and they often have a D-ring in the back for the leash to hook. Since they are larger, there’s more material to work with so there’s more diversity in the styles one can find. They’re still very useful and can be quite comfortable for your dog if you prefer to get that instead of a collar.

Before you get any collar or harness, you want to make sure you size your dog correctly so you know what size to buy them. Measuring you dog’s neck is very easy. All you need is a simple measuring tape. Just measure the circumference of your dog’s neck and add two inches. For example, if you dog has an eleven inch neck, your measurement number would be thirteen inches. Once you have this number, go to our sizing chart to find out exactly what size you need to get. Sizes of collars exist in a range. For example, the smallest size collar covers six to eight inches. The next size covers eight to eleven inches, and so on. If your dog falls right on a transition number, like eight inches, it’s best to go with the smaller size. Otherwise, the collar or harness will end up being too big and loose.