5 Ways to Go Eco-Friendly with Your Dog
Pet owners are increasingly becoming more eco-conscience in response to climate change. If you’re wondering what changes you can make to “go green” when it comes to your pup, we’ve gathered 5 easy ways you and your fur buddy can help keep the planet clean.
Dispose of Waste Responsibly
Pet owners have been known to use plastic grocery bags to pick up and dispose of waste, thinking they are repurposing the bags. The problem is that plastic bag effectively embalms the enclosed droppings, preventing them from decomposing naturally and leaving them sitting in our landfills for the next millennium.
Ditch plastic bags (if you have them, drop them off at your local recycling center) in favor of biodegradable, compostable pet waste baggies. Most of them are cornstarch based and break down within 90 – 180 days.
Make Thoughtful Purchases
Shopping responsibly can be a huge help to the planet! When possible, purchase dog food and treats in bulk to reduce the amount of packaging that ends up in landfills. You can also help by choosing to purchase from pet food companies that use recycled materials in their packaging.
The same goes with pet product manufacturers. Shop for collars and leashes made from recycled materials. Limit the number of collars and leashes you purchase to cut down on your environmental footprint (contrary to popular opinion, Fido does not need matching leashes and collars for every season). The same goes for toys—forego toys and chews made from chemical-laden plastics and rubber and choose those made from natural materials and/or products free from vinyl, phthalates, and BPA.
When purchasing pet shampoo, look for eco-friendly options in recyclable or compostable packing made from all-natural ingredients.
Donate Old Pet Accessories
If you decided to pare down your dog’s accessory collection, consider donating the items to your local animal shelter or rescue organization.
Gently used items like collars, leashes, bowls, clothing and/or bedding are usually accepted, but it’s always a good idea to give the organization a call to find out what they are accepting.
Have Your Dog Spayed or Neutered
Do your part to control the pet population by having your dog spayed or neutered when they are old enough to do so.
Given the number of fur babies stuck in shelters waiting for a home, why not avoid the breeder and instead opt to make a special dog’s dream of having a family come true? Many shelters offer reduced fees on certain adoption days, so call your local shelter to find out if this is something they offer.
If you have your heart set on a particular breed, consider finding a local rescue service. Virtually every dog breed has a rescue organization working to rescue their breed of choice from shelters and find them loving homes. You get the dog of your dreams for a fraction of the cost you’d pay a breeder, and your new family members gets the home they’ve been dreaming of.
Going eco-friendly with your pooch is not hard. By incorporating a few sustainable practices into our everyday routine, we have the power to make this world a better place for both our two-and four-legged loves.