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9 Ways to Be an Eco-Friendly Dog Owner

People may be making an effort to make more environmentally-friendly choices these days, but are are pet owners doing the same when it comes to their dogs? Having a dog creates waste in little ways that pet owners may not even think about, from food bags to the toys they buy to the shampoo they use to wash their dogs. Are you a pet owner? You can do your part in reducing your dog’s carbon paw print! Here’s how:

Cleaning Up Outside

Dog waste can actually be an environmental pollutant.  Decaying pet waste consumes oxygen, which can damage fish and other aquatic wildlife. Please, do everyone a favor and pick up your dog’s waste!

There are several choices connected to what kind of bag pet owners can use.  Choose a biodegradable bag that will break down much faster than a regular plastic bag. One recommended biodegradable bag is from Earth Rated

Cleaning Up Inside

Pick a cleaning product with enzymes to completely remove any urine or feces molecules, and to pick one with minimal ingredients. Earth Rated and Nature’s Miracle have recommended options.

When it comes to cleaning up inside, use rags instead of paper towels. This simple step cuts down on the amount of paper products you use.

Keeping Homes Odor-Free

Rather than covering up that dog smell with air fresheners or aerosols, consider making your own deodorizers, using essential oils that are safe for dogs.  By doing this, pet owners will protect the environment by keeping aerosol containers out of landfills, and protect their dog, too.

Make Your Own Dog Treats

By making their own dog treats, pet owners can control what dogs ingest.  That’s perfect if you have a sensitive pup. You’ll also cut down on the amount of waste from treats because you won’t be throwing away empty treat bags.  There are several books available that offer recommendations about homemade treats for dogs.

Buy In Bulk

Consider buying a larger bag than they go through in a month. Store the rest in your fridge or freezer to cut down on the amount of packaging that is thrown away.

Support Eco-Friendly Companies

Many companies in the dog product world are becoming eco-friendly. Here are a few to check out:

Choose Dog Beds Wisely

More and more pet companies are using eco-friendly materials for dogs’ beds, so why not pick one that is better for the environment. Check out this list of eco-friendly beds:

Consider the Ingredients to Wash Dog Beds

Let’s face it, dog beds are going to get dirty, and they need to be washed throughout a dog’s life. Many detergents are highly-perfumed and may irritate pets. Use environmentally-friendly detergent to keep dogs safe and protect the environment!

Eco-accessories for Dogs

  • Earthdog  Earthdog offers several designs and colors of leashes, collars and harnesses that are made from hemp.  Their dog gear is designed to be soft, washable, and dyed with non-toxic dyes.
  • Forever Mootsy  Forever Mootsy was founded in 2015 by Heidi Valdes and is based in Long Beach, California.  Her goal was to create dog leashes, collars and toys that were safe for the environment and for dogs. All of their products are eco-friendly and made from 100 percent cotton rope.
  • CycleDog Based in Portland, Oregon, CycleDog uses the millions of bike tubes thrown into landfills every years to make new leashes and collars. 

It’s easier now more than ever to reduce the impact of dogs on the environment!

Read more articles about pets in our Winter 2018 print issue.

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