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As Earth Day approaches, there’s no better time to reflect on the environmental impact of our daily lives, including the care we provide for our beloved pets. At Family Friends Veterinary Hospital, we believe in promoting responsible pet ownership that extends beyond the well-being of our furry friends to include the health of our planet. If you’re a pet owner in Michigan looking to make more eco-friendly choices, you’re in the right place! In this blog post, we’ll explore various sustainable practices tailored for Michigan residents to help you reduce your pet’s carbon pawprint.


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Shop Local for Pet Supplies

One of the easiest ways to reduce your pet’s environmental impact is by shopping locally for pet supplies. Local pet stores often carry products that are made closer to home, reducing the carbon emissions associated with transportation. Additionally, supporting local businesses helps stimulate the local economy and fosters community connections. If you are in the Cascade/Grand Rapids area, we highly recommend Your Pets Naturally just down the street from Family Friends on 28th street; they have a great selection, are locally owned and even offer community events and shopping hours for owners with reactive pets. Check them out!

When shopping for pet food, look for brands that source ingredients locally and prioritize sustainable farming practices. Many Michigan-based pet food companies offer high-quality, eco-friendly options that are both nutritious for your pet and kinder to the planet.

Choose Sustainable Pet Products

When it comes to pet toys, bedding, and accessories, opt for products made from sustainable materials such as organic cotton, hemp, or recycled materials. Avoid products that contain harmful chemicals or non-biodegradable materials that can harm the environment.

Look for eco-friendly alternatives to common pet care items, such as biodegradable poop bags, natural grooming products, and non-toxic cleaning supplies. By making conscious choices about the products you use, you can significantly reduce your pet’s environmental impact while still providing them with everything they need to thrive.

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Reduce Waste with Eco-Friendly Practices

Reducing waste is a crucial aspect of eco-friendly pet ownership. Instead of using disposable items like single-use water bottles or plastic food containers, invest in reusable alternatives. Stainless steel or ceramic bowls are durable, easy to clean, and better for the environment than their disposable counterparts.

Consider composting pet waste using a dedicated composting system designed for pet waste. While not suitable for all types of waste, composting can help divert organic material from landfills and turn it into nutrient-rich soil for gardening.

Opt for Natural and Homemade Treats

Instead of relying solely on commercial treats that come in plastic packaging, try making homemade treats using natural ingredients. Not only will you reduce waste, but you’ll also have better control over the quality of ingredients your pet consumes.

Look for recipes that use locally sourced ingredients and avoid additives, preservatives, and artificial flavors. Homemade treats can be a fun and rewarding way to bond with your pet while promoting a healthier lifestyle for both of you.


As responsible pet owners, we have the power to make choices that benefit both our pets and the planet. By adopting eco-friendly practices such as shopping locally, choosing sustainable products, reducing waste, and opting for natural and homemade treats, Michigan pet owners can make a positive impact on the environment.

At Family Friends Veterinary Hospital, we’re committed to supporting you on your journey towards sustainable pet ownership. We offer guidance, resources, and expert veterinary care to help you provide the best possible life for your furry family members while respecting our planet’s precious resources.

This Earth Day, let’s pledge to make a difference together by taking steps towards a more sustainable future for our pets and our planet. Happy Earth Day from all of us at Family Friends Veterinary Hospital!

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