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Tips to Reduce your Pet's Carbon Paw Print

In today's ever-"greening" world, there are so many new ways to be eco-conscious. Fashion has gone green with sustainable fabrics, hybrid cars regularly cruise our roads, food is organic and even homes are being remodeled with solar panels. With the way people are embracing the green movement, taking care of their pets should be no exception! Petco has teamed up with greenwala.com to teach animal lovers ways to lessen the impact their pets have on the environment.

1. Picking Up After Your Pet

Did you know that picking up after your pet can help maintain water quality by keeping pet waste out of rivers, streams and lakes? Be sure to clean up after your dog and use bio-degradable waste bags when at a dog park or out for a walk. Cat owners can also minimize their impact on the environment with eco-conscious options. Try biodegradable Planet Petco™ Paper Cat Litter made with more than 95% post-consumer paper, newspaper and magazines. Learn more and browse our selection

2. Think Adoption First

The HSUS estimates that animal shelters care for 6-8 million dogs and cats every year in the United States, of whom approximately 3-4 million are euthanized. Find the perfect addition to your family at one of Petco's monthly in-store national adoption events where local shelters match pets in need with parents. Search adoptable pets online or find an adoption event at your local Petco.

3. Spay or Neuter Your Pet

Over 70,000 puppies and kittens are born every day. Help control animal overpopulation and decrease the number of homeless animals in the United States by spaying or neutering your animals.

4. Feed Natural Pet Food

Your pets should eat the same quality foods you do. Natural pet foods contain recognizable whole food ingredients (such as fruits and vegetables) without unnecessary chemicals, preservatives or additives. They are also made with selective natural ingredients to promote overall health and wellness and they utilize unique protein sources such as venison or duck as alternatives for pets with food sensitivities. Learn more and browse our selection

5. Use Plant-Based Grooming and Cleaning Products

Make cleaning product choices that are as safe for the planet as they are for you, your pets and children. Many pet shampoos and cleaning supplies use plant-based cleansers and natural bio-cultures to remove pet stains and odors. Planet Petco shampoos are especially designed to be non-toxic for pets and people! Learn more and browse our selection

6. Use Pet Accessories (Bedding, Collars and Leashes) That Encourage Sustainability and Provide Comfort

Humans spend a third of their lives sleeping, as do most dogs. When shopping for your pet, look for bedding made from recycled materials or sustainable resources so you both can rest easy knowing you're doing your part to make the world a better place. With many eco-luxurious options to choose from, your pet and Mother Nature will thank you! You can also look for a collar, leash or harness made from recycled materials, like post-consumer recycled plastic bottles that have been turned into beautiful pet accessories, instead of being disposed of in landfills. Learn more and browse our selection

7. Be Active and Live a Healthy Lifestyle

Get out and get active. Not only is this a great tip for humans, but it is a great thing to do for your dog. Head to your local dog park to play with other dogs, find a dog- friendly nature trail or just go for a walk around the neighborhood. Don't have a dog? Let your cat run around outside in a safe, enclosed yard or space.

8. Planet-Friendlier Manufacturing

Choosing natural and organic-based products is important. However, it's just as important to support brands that incorporate sustainability into their everyday business practices such as packaging, ingredient sourcing and recycling. To learn more, look for companies that showcase their sustainability efforts online.