The quickly growing Green Movement for a more eco-friendly way of life got The Dogington Post wondering what steps our readers can take to reduce your carbon pawprint. Here are a few great ideas, provided by Dog News Daily.
How to Reduce Your Carbon Pawprint
- If you’re looking to get a dog, make sure to rescue. Also consider getting a smaller dog.
- Spay and neuter to avoid overpopulation.
- Buy food that is organic and grown/made in the USA. Support companies that use environmentally-friendly packaging and/or encourage your favorite companies to consider changing their packaging. If you want to go the extra mile – make your own dog food using ingredients that have little or no packaging such as bulk flours, beans, and vegetables.
- Find a local vet, groomer, and day care facility so you don’t have to drive far. Extra mile: do (most of) your own grooming.
- Don’t drive to the dog park. Walk there if you can, or if you’re too far away take a stroll around your neighborhood instead.
- Always pick up dog waste, and use biodegradable bags to do so. Extra mile: compost it (seriously).
- Purchase non-toxic dog care products like shampoos and pesticide control.
- Properly dispose of any unused/leftover medications. Like human medications, don’t flush them down the toilet. Instead, remove all personal identification from the container, crush or dissolve all medication in water, place in a sealed bag, and put in the trash. Extra mile: see if there’s a local waste management facility or pharmacy that collects unused medication.
- Choose high quality toys that are manufactured in the USA, non-toxic, and made from eco-friendly materials. Extra mile: make your own toys – dogs are happy with a stick from the woods, empty bottles, and rags turned into a tug rope.
Many die-hard environmentalists claim that pet ownership in general, especially dog ownership, is tough on the planet. Taking a few extra steps to live green and reduce your carbon pawprint
can go a long way in keeping the planet healthy for all of us – including our best doggie friends! Feel free to read the remainder of Dog News Daily’s article here
, and tell us your own great tips for living green with your dog below.