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The Green Guide: Safer Pet Care this Holiday Season

Nov 01, 2023 12:00AM ● By Patti Beres

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The upcoming holiday season calls for a thoughtful approach to pet care. As the weather turns chilly, be mindful of ice-melting products, opting for pet-safe and eco-friendly alternatives devoid of harmful chemicals. Protect your pets’ paws and your home by regularly wiping their feet after outdoor walks.

Sustainable choices extend to toys as well. Consider durable, chew-proof toys made from natural or recycled materials, promoting both your pet’s enjoyment and environmental responsibility.

When indulging in holiday feasts, resist sharing dangerous treats like chocolate and raisins with your furry friends. Instead, provide them with safe and nutritious alternatives like plain cooked sweet potatoes or carrots. Inform guests about your pet-friendly intentions to prevent accidental harmful feedings.

With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, maintaining a calm and familiar routine is vital to reduce stress for your pets. Offer them quiet spaces where they can retreat and unwind.

Embrace these mindful practices to create a delightful and eco-conscious holiday for your furry family members, ensuring a brighter and safer future for all.

Patti Beres is the owner of Be Green Pro LLC landscape services, in Delafield. They also offer ice melt and other winter services. For more information, or to purchase toxin-free ice melt, call 262-361-4034 or visit

She has written other Local Eco Tips as well including: