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Recycle Pet Hair and Other Strange Things

dreamstime 7907044 300x200 Recycle Pet Hair and Other Strange ThingsIn celebration of Earth Day, we wanted to share with you some things that only pet owners can recycle.

Pet Hair!

You think I am kidding but I am no! You can recycle your pet hair. An organization called Matter of Trust is accepting donations of pet hair to help clean up oil spills.

You can also give your dog hair to the birds. If you have a bird house set up, try adding some dog hair. You tweety friends will appreciate the addition to their nest.

Recycle (part) of your old dog collar

Inevitably your dog collar will wear out. You don’t have to run out and buy a new one. You can actually take the pieces off your old collar and use them to make a new one. Here is a great tutorial.

Old Yoga Mat

Your old yoga mat makes a great mat for your food and water bowl, or underneath your litter box. Just cut your mat to the size you need.

For old dogs, they can make great mats to sleep on when the floor is a little to hard for her old bones.

Fish Water

In New Mexico, water is a valuable commodity.  We all hate having to throw any of it out, unused and wasted. If you have fish, you are likely cleaning their tank at least once a week. Take that old water and use it to water your house and garden plants.  The fish debris will act at a fertilizer. Your plants will love you for it!

Suitcase Bed

Do you have an old suitcase? Instead of throwing it out, toss a pillow into it and you have a custom bed for your dog or cat. Lets face it, they were going to sit in it anyway. Great tutorial to show you how.

Old Jeans

Take your old jeans and turn them into knotted dog toys. You dog will love the challenge of chewing on them. Plus they already smell like home! Learn how to make them.

Tennis Balls into Snack Puzzles

Old tennis balls make great containers for dog treats. Just cut an “X” in the tennis ball, squeeze and load with dog treats! Your dog can play with the ball, which will rattle with the sound of the treats and then occasionally he might manage to get one out. YUM!

Sweater Sleeve into Dog Sweater

Turn your old sweater into a sweater for your dog. It is pretty easy. Simply cut off the sleeve, cut some holes for their front legs and you are done! No sewing needed. Click here for an easy tutorial.

Newspaper and blankets

We all know that you can recycle newspaper. But did you know you can recycle blankets too? Local shelter and vet clinics often need donations of blankets and newspapers. We are always looking for these items and use them with pets recovering from surgery. You can bring your old blankets or newspapers to our clinic in Los Lunas or Albuquerque.

Earth Day with Your Pets: Tips for Greener Pets

Happy Earth Day! A lot of us want to know how we can make our life greener on Earth Day. How can we help save this amazing planet we all live on.  Great news! Your pets can help you go green! Bigger Cans A lot of us like to give our cat or dog wet [...]

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Arthritis and Your Cat

Did you know that cats can get arthritis too? Most of us assume that it is just people and dogs. Though it is less common in cats, our feline friends can also suffer from it. Arthritis is pain and stiffness in joints, often caused by the degeneration of the cartilage between the bones in your [...]

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Arthritis and Your Dog

Did you know that 1 in 5 adult dogs will get arthritis? It is also the most common source of chronic pain. Dogs can’t tell you when they are in pain or what is wrong with them. This is why it is important to watch for their non verbal cues. Signs of Arthritis: Favoring a [...]

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What is Panleukopenia and Why Should I Care?

What is Panluekopenia? Panleukopenia, more commonly known as feline distemper, is a highly contagious viral disease that affects both wild and domestic cats. Feline panleukopenia is widespread and virtually all cats will be exposed to it within their first year of life. It is a significant problem in animal shelters, feral cat colonies, and areas [...]

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Segregating a Sick Kitten

Just like people, our pets have both good days and bad days. If you notice your pet is looking “off” for longer than you think is normal it could be a sign that your pet is not feeling well, it might be a case of the sniffles or the signs of a more serious illness. [...]

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Caring For Your Cavapoo Puppy

When you’re feeling like you want a new type of puppy dashing through your home, few breeds melt your heart faster than the Cavapoo, a cross-breed between a poodle and a Cavalier King Charles. Since crossbreeds will have characteristics of both of their parents, you may find that your puppy has all the advantages with [...]

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Should You Keep A Ferret As A Pet?

Are you familiar with ferrets? They’re actually a type of weasel that many people have come to appreciate as pets. From the outside, this would make sense. Ferrets are extremely friendly and quite cute. But before you decide to take on all that responsibility, keep reading to make sure it’s the right decision for you. [...]

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Relieve Your Pet’s Ailments With These Supplements

No one likes seeing a pet suffer. Animals are valued members of the family, and most owners would do anything to ease their discomfort. If this is the case for you, then you should consider pet supplements for your animal companion. Pet supplements are derived from natural elements. Humans have been using supplements for centuries [...]

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Facing the Knife? Preparing your Pet for Surgery

Sending your pet into surgery can be nerve wracking, even if it is just for something routine. Make sure you know how to prepare your pet for a successful surgery! 1. Don’t let them eat after 10 pm the night before …but keep water out No they are not Gizmo and won’t turn into gremlins. [...]

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