How To Be An Eco-Friendly Dog Owner

Guest Post by James Murray

5 Tips To Help Reduce Your Dog's Carbon Pawprint

Like it or not, every single choice we make for our little furball has the potential to negatively impact the planet, from feeding them beef to driving to and from the park.

Many dog owners don’t take these issues too seriously. After all, how much harm can one dog do? But the fact is, it’s only when we consider how many dogs there are worldwide (upwards of 900 million) that the true cost of our furry friends becomes clear.

If you’re trying to live a greener, more sustainable lifestyle but worry you’re not doing enough to look after Fido’s carbon pawprint, keep reading. We’re going to explore everything the eco-conscious pet owner needs to care for their pup and the planet.   


Adopt a dog

Overpopulation is a big issue. The more mouths there are to feed, the more pressure we put on the planet’s resources. And as a pet owner, you’ll know just how voracious those tiny eating machines can be.

Purchasing a dog from a breeder isn’t always avoidable, especially if you have allergies or plan to show your dog. However, if you’re looking for a pup to shower with affection or keep you company, there are more eco-friendly options.

According to Dogs Trust, over 56,000 UK dogs were homeless in 2018. And by adopting a dog, you can not only save a pup from possible euthanasia but give animal shelters more time to spend with those left in their care. Adoption also discourages unregulated animal breeding and reduces overpopulation. 



Buy Eco-Friendly Pet Food

Meat is obviously one of the least eco-friendly ingredients in your dog’s food. Beef is by far the worst offender, producing greenhouse gases on an unimaginable scale. However, there are sources of protein that are significantly less harmful to the planet.

Chicken and salmon are much better options, producing about 20 times less greenhouse gases than beef. Looking for dog foods that contain these alternative sources of meat will help your pup live a greener lifestyle. Plus, there are some premium-quality dog food manufacturers that use eco-friendly packaging.

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Scoop the Poop

A huge amount of doggie waste is created every day, and the mess doesn’t get washed away. Instead, it slowly decomposes, leaching bacteria into the ground, contaminating water sources and harming local marine life.

By picking up your dog’s waste, you can make your local park more pleasant and stop harmful bacteria from entering the ecosystem. Conventional plastic bags take centuries to decompose, so opting for greener alternatives like compostable bags will allow you to clear away your dog’s mess without sending non-biodegradable plastics to landfill.



Natural Chew Toys

Plastic chew toys are loved by dogs the world over. They give pups the chance to chomp on something that won’t splinter and have saved many a shoe over the years from a slobbery fate. The sad fact is, if you’ve ever given a chew toy to your dog, you’ll know just how long some last. Worst of all, that plastic will then sit in a landfill for hundreds of years, slowly decomposing and releasing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

If you want to give your dog a chew toy that won’t harm the planet and is guaranteed to go a few rounds against his gnashers, try chew toys made from natural rubber. These greener alternatives are made from sustainable rubber and come in lots of different shapes and sizes. Some brands also come with small cavities for treats.



Green Grooming

Some grooming products contain harsh chemicals, fragrances, and synthetic colours. These chemicals can cause irritation and pollute waterways when they’re washed down the drain. Avoiding grooming products that contain these ingredients will help you and your dog be more eco-friendly.

Formulations that biodegrade and use organic ingredients wherever possible will limit the ecological impact of his grooming regime. If you or your pup have sensitive skin, using products that are free from fragrances and parabens will also help you reduce redness and small rashes.

However cute and adorable our dogs are, with an estimated 9.9 million dogs in the UK, our furry friends have a surprisingly high ecological impact on the planet.
Rover and Fido obviously don’t know this, and they certainly aren’t to blame. So it’s our job as dog owners to manage our pup’s carbon pawprints and make sure their food is well-sourced and their toys and treats are sustainably made.

Minimising your environmental impact takes time, and extending your green lifestyle to your little fur baby has its issues. But if you take each day as it comes, and slowly introduce small changes one at a time, there’s no reason you and Rover can’t be healthy, happy and eco-friendly.


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