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It is possible to love your pet and the environment. The two have much in common than you can realize at the first thought. This is impacted by how you treat pets, feed them, and clean them when they get dirty. Your pet affects your immediate environment in more ways than one.
You should consider the environmental impact of the food you give to your pet. Most pet foods are byproducts of the human food industry and what environmental concerns you have for your own food can be automatically extended to your pet as well. A majority of animal feeds are made from dried egg, soybean, or leftover animal parts. What you cannot eat is given to your pet. It is logical to search for secondary meat products like organ meat or animal bone meat. It is also important to search for plant-based ingredients in the label. Plant-based foods have a much lower carbon footprint than animal-based products. Sustainably certified fish products are much more conducive to the environment.
There is more than not cleaning the dog poop than annoying the neighbors. Rains transport canine pathogens present in poop to streams where people swim, thus making them fall sick. Dog poop contains phosphorus and nitrogen, the two compounds contributing to slimy algae outbreaks. These outbreaks could also take a toxic turn. Cat poops should never be flushed down any toilet unless the kitty is toxoplasmosis negative. This disease could adversely affect marine life. Only a few water treatment plants use this technology to filter out the things present in feline or canine poop.
The safest way to dispose of your pet poop is to throw it in the trash. Whatever you do, do not compost any pet feces in your own home. The procedure is unsafe and must be done professionally.
You must also use safer tick products. A few tick products (along with flea ones) leave harmful chemical residue both inside the home and also in the fur of the pet. These chemicals are extremely harmful to humans and animals. They can cause damage to the nervous system and the brain. Some are carcinogenic. Pesticide in higher concentrations can remain as residue on pets’ fur for multiple weeks post flea collar application. For homes which have children, this can be lethal. This is as the chemicals adversely affect the metabolic and neurological systems of the brain. There is an ominous side as well: children have a greater probability than adults to put hands inside their mouths after they pet the animal. It means they basically eat the carcinogenic substance. Do not purchase exotic pets. Some of them could be on the endangered list.