You may be the queen of green—or at least making an effort—but are you eco-smart when it comes to your pet? From plastic chew toys, to chemical-laden grooming products, to the pounds of cat litter tossed out every year, how we care for our furry friends can have a major impact on the environment. “Pets as well as people put a huge carbon footprint on our planet,” says Bernadine Cruz, DVM, associate veterinarian at Laguna Hills Animal Hospital in Laguna Hills, CA. The good news is that more and more eco-friendly products are filling the aisles of pet stores, giving earth-conscious owners plenty of choices.
When selecting health care items, toys, and accessories for your pet, you should always put safety first. If you’d like to green up your pet’s routine with natural and eco-friendly products, be sure to read labels carefully and check with your vet before introducing them to your dog or cat. “Just because it’s natural doesn’t mean it’s going to be effective or safe,” Cruz says. “Animals can be hypersensitive, and it is important to consult a vet before using a product.”
Here are our top picks for eco-friendly pet products that are safe for your best friend and the planet.