Haven Vet Group forms ‘Green Group’

We have recently formed a “Green Group” at Haven, with the aim of becoming a more sustainable and environmentally friendly practice. Look out for news on our green initiatives in the coming months. If you want to do your bit to go greener, here’s our top tips for sustainable pet-ownership:

 

Food

  • Look for sustainably sourced pet food brands.
  • Consider the protein source – cats must have a meat-based diet but chicken or fish have a lower carbon impact than beef.
  • If your pet food contains fish, check it is MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) certified.
  • Try an insect-based protein – “Yora” makes complete dog food diets using insect protein.
  • Weigh out food accurately to reduce waste.
  • Switch to tinned cat food rather than pouches or find your nearest Terracycle point that collects and recycles pet food packaging.   “TerraCycle is Eliminating the Idea of    Waste® by recycling the “non-recyclable.” Whether it’s coffee capsules from your home, pens from a school, or plastic gloves from a manufacturing facility, TerraCycle can collect and recycle almost any form of waste. 

Toys

  • Avoid plastic toys – instead look for those made from more sustainable or recycled materials such as hemp, bamboo, or rubber.
  • Use metal food bowls and consider dog coats made from recycled material.
  • Cats love cardboard scratch toys, which can be recycled if not wanted anymore.

 

Cleaning up

  • Try biodegradable poo bags.
  • Use cat litter made from newspaper or wood chips rather than clay or silica.
  • Consider composting dog poo, but only if it is not going to be used for any plants/vegetables that you intend to eat, due to the risk of parasites that can infect both dogs and people.

 

Exercise

  • Reduce your car usage by doing more walks close to home rather than driving to exercise dogs.
  • If you must drive, couple it with other errands that require a vehicle, such as shopping, so that you aren’t using the car specifically to walk the dog.

 

Bath time

– Aim to use shampoos and grooming products which are biodegradable and less harmful to the environment.

 

Preventative Medicine

  • Talk to your vet about vaccinations, worming and neutering.
  • Not only do these have health and welfare benefits, but preventative healthcare will also help reduce the carbon impact of owning pets.
  • By preventing vaccinable disease and hormone-related diseases, we are avoiding the high carbon cost of treating these conditions and therefore benefiting the environment in the long term.

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