Raising A Green Dog: Tips On Being An Eco-Friendly Pet Parent
More and more people around the globe have begun to adopt eco-friendly habits such as recycling and reusing materials. What you may not realize is that there are plenty of ways to be an eco-friendly pet parent as well. Follow the tips below to raise a green dog and to be more conscious of your impact on the environment.
Be Responsible for Your Pets
One of the best things you can do to be an eco-friendly pet parent is to adopt from a shelter rather than buying a puppy from a pet store. Pet stores often get their puppies from puppy mills which are only concerned with producing a certain number of puppies each year. This, on top of the quantities of dogs that are purebred for profit, equates to a devastating number of unwanted pets each year. Those pets end up in crowded shelters or they are left to fend for themselves in the wild. Spaying or neutering your dog is another way to be eco-friendly and responsible for your pet because it helps to not only reduce the unwanted pet population but it also protects your pet from certain medical conditions including cancer.
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A third way to be responsible for your pet while also being eco-friendly, is be conscious of your pet’s impact on the environment. Always walk your dog on a leash so he can’t chase or kill native wildlife in the area. This problem is more relevant for cats than for dogs, but keeping your dog on a leash when he is outside is still important. You should also be sure to clean up after your dog when he does his business outside. Don’t assume that your dog’s waste will be good for the environment as a natural fertilizer – it could contain bacteria that could spread disease. When you do clean up after your dog, make sure to use bio-degradable bags.
Use Natural and Sustainable Products
Some of the pet foods you find at the pet store are made with low-grade ingredients and chemicals that are not only bad for your pet, but bad for the environment as well. As an alternative, choose natural and organic pet foods that are made with sustainable resources including protein sources that are raised in humane ways. Choose toys that are made from recycled materials or start making your own toys out of old socks, stuffed animals, and other items. When it comes to pet care and cleaning products, avoid chemical-laden commercial products and look for natural options.
Being an eco-friendly pet parent to a green dog isn’t difficult, it just requires you to be more conscious of the choices you make and about the products you buy. Think about all of the products you use for your pet on a daily or weekly basis and think about ways that you can replace those products with all-natural or recycled products. If you really think about it, you may be surprised at how easy it is to make the switch.
What do you do to ensure you have a green dog in your eco-friendly household? Share your tips in the comment section below.
Kate Barrington is the loving owner of two cats (Bagel and Munchkin) and a noisy herd of guinea pigs. Having grown up with golden retrievers, Kate has a great deal of experience with dogs but labels herself a lover of all pets. Having received a Bachelor's degree in English, Kate has combined her love for pets and her passion for writing to create her own freelance writing business, specializing in the pet niche.
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