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!

Eco-Friendly Collars and Leashes

Going green is all the rage these days, so why not consider getting – or making – your dog some eco-friendly accessories? Collars and leashes, in particular, are easy to find or put together yourself.

Eco-friendly does not have to mean ugly or simple. On the contrary, it means that your dog’s collar or leash is made from materials that are not harmful to the environment. This ranges from recycled plastic to old sails or parachutes to hemp to too many things to list. You have enough options to determine your own style and that of your pet.

If you are into DIY or arts and crafts, you can sew a collar out of just about anything. For the really daring, you can add some needlework or embroidery of your choice. Beads, old blue jeans, or any other accessories can be added to the design to really embellish it.

Before you get started, you should test a strip of the fabric or other material that you plan to use against your dog. The color is important, but so is the width. Feel free to take breaks as you go along to check out the gradual results of your efforts. It is better to catch a mistake partway through instead of after you have finished the whole project.

Once you have settled on a style for a collar, you can craft a leash to mix or match. You could even make holiday-themed collars and leashes, or different versions for different seasons, if you really want to spend some time at it. It might take some work, but I guarantee that you will end up with something that no other dog or owner has, something that truly expresses you and your pet’s unique relationship, or just something quirky and fun.

Another benefit of using alternative materials for a collar is that they present some favorable qualities when compared to the traditional nylon variety. The main difference is comfort. Organically grown materials like hemp and bamboo tend to adapt to the wearer, meaning that your dog will have a collar that fits just right, with a little stretch to it, but not enough to be able to get it off.

Of course, you also get to feel good about your earth-friendly choices. But your dog can feel good too. Many non-natural products contain chemicals that can irritate any allergies or sensitivities that your dog might have, or even cause health problems for you. In most cases, this will not be an issue, but sometimes you can kill two birds with one stone by going for the eco-friendly collar or leash. As an example, bamboo webbing is naturally anti-bacterial.

It also absorbs odors better than some other fabrics, but even if you prefer to recycle previously used materials, you will be reducing your carbon pawprint, as it were.

Designing and making a homemade dog collar is a great project to get the family involved in taking care of your dog as well, especially if you have kids around. It is also a fun way to welcome a new pet into the group, and if each of your kids is responsible for one animal, then they can show it with a unique design that they can be proud of because they made it and because it is healthy.

Nylon and other types of dog collars are a valid choice. But having the option of an eco-friendly collar for your dog that also offers entertainment and bonding is an idea worth considering.

Making Your Pooch Fashionable with a Rhinestone Dog Collar

In the past, chic pet accessories such as the rhinestone dog collar were so hot, however some people thought they were too gaudy for animals and thus their popularity declined. However, with the renaissance of flash and bling, rhinestone dog collars are becoming a hot item once more. People are now recognizing that their pooches also deserve to be stylish in their own right.

Dog lovers treasure their pets very much, and one way of showing high regard for their pet is by giving them something that makes them stand out and look so special. Most dog owners express their pet’s individuality through their collars. There is a wide variety of dog collars to choose from each one catering to different preferences. But the most special among them all is the rhinestone dog collar, which truly makes any pooch look like a million dollars.

Rhinestone dog collars are usually made of leather, cloth, nylon, and even metal with rhinestones embedded on the leash. These tiny, sparkling stones make any color shine, complementing the dog’s eyes and coat. The materials used for rhinestone dog collars are usually very flexible, following the contour of the dog’s neck. It can be a colorful band that is similar to the dog’s owner’s tennis bracelet.

Some rhinestone dog collars can be specially designed to spell out your pet’s name in flashy gems. This is definitely a prettier alternative to the usual dog tag that just has your pet’s name engraved on a small sheet of metal.

Before, rhinestone dog collars are only worn by female pets, but with the emergence of metrosexuality, even male dogs can wear rhinestone collars without much problem. For those who still prefer their dogs to maintain a butch image, there are also rhinestone collars that come in rugged designs that complement their pooch’s macho impression. Examples of these are those black leather collars with a few big rhinestone studs that are well-spaced.

Rhinestone dog collars may come with buckle or snap-on closures. Whatever kind of rhinestone collar you choose, you must make sure that it closes securely so that it would not fall off easily. Snap-on closures are usually convenient, especially for small toy dogs. However larger dogs usually need more security which only buckled collars can provide. It is thus important to test whether the kind of lock the collar you are buying would withstand the strength and size of your pet.

When you are considering to get your pet dog a new rhinestone dog collar, it is important to make sure that the collar fits well and the gems are properly secured. You would not want Fido to be able to remove the collar easily and then chew or choke on the sharp little stones. You should check the collar regularly to see that there is no damage with the material and all the stones are in place. Always watch out if a stone falls off so that you can quickly keep it away from your dog’s reach.
An easy way of measuring the fit of your dog’s rhinestone collar would be the finger test. If you have a small dog, one finger should fit snugly between the dog’s neck and collar. For medium dogs you would need two fingers. Large dogs would need three fingers. If the rhinestone collar is too tight, it can choke your dog and kill it, but if it is too loose, it can easily fall off and get lost.

Other than these reminders, rhinestone dog collars are not really that difficult to maintain. You just need to clean the collar once in a while to maintain the brilliance of the tiny gems. You would probably just need water, with a little mild detergent to remove stubborn grime and stains. Missing pieces might not be inevitable so it is wise to keep some spare gems to replace those that would eventually fall off.

In these times when being fashionable is already considered an asset, dogs can keep up with their owners with the accessories that they wear. Perhaps the best way to glamorize your dog is to have it wear a rhinestone collar. It serves the purpose of regular collars but adds style and flair to your most beloved pet.

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.