Earth Day Tips for Pet Parents

Reduce your global paw print and do your part for the environment!

Celebrating each March 20 for more than 20 years now, Earth Day is about learning how to go above and beyond to reuse, reduce, and recycle in our daily lives. As an eco-friendly pet owner, there are plenty of ways to reduce your global paw print.

Here’s how you can raise a greener dog and be more conscious of your own impact on the environment as well.

  • Some pet foods are made with low-grade ingredients and chemicals that are bad for your pet and bad for the environment. When filling your dog’s bowl, choose natural or organic pet foods made with sustainable resources. Don’t forget to read the label to make sure that protein sources have been raised in humane ways.
  • Speaking of pet food, always recycle empty food containers (to take it up a notch, support companies that use recycled materials in its packaging).
  • Buy dog toys made from recycled material. If you’re crafty, make new toys out of old socks, stuffed animals, and other dog-friendly materials.
  • Your home doesn’t need chemicals to sparkle. For pet care and cleaning products, avoid chemical-laden commercial products and look for natural options (or mix up your own at home—vinegar and water go a long way).
  • When your pet makes a mess, use towels or rags that can go into the washing machine, instead of paper towels that go straight into the trash (and into landfills).
  • Be conscious of your pet’s impact on the environment. While on hikes, walk your dog on a leash so he can’t chase or kill native wildlife in the area (this tip tends to be more relevant for cats than dogs, but keeping your dog on a leash keeps him and woodland creatures safe).
  • If you have gently used items that your pet doesn’t use or has grown out of, donate them to a shelter instead of throwing them out.
  • When you go out for a walk and you bring water for your pooch, forgo the plastic water bottle. Why not install a filter on your tap water and use a permanent, washable bottle—keep cheap plastic bottles out of landfills.
  • Spay or neuter your pet. This will help prevent unwanted litters, reduce animal overpopulation, and ease shelter overcrowding.
  • Make your own treats at home. It’ll cut down on package waste, and you’ll be able to use up ingredients you already have in your pantry.
  • Bring a reusable bag to the pet store to bring home your purchases. They’re not just for groceries!

Being an eco-friendly pet owner to a green dog isn’t difficult—you need 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 think about it, you may be surprised at how easy it is to make the switch.

Meet the Author: Amy Tokic

Amy Tokic is the Editor of Petguide.com, the flagship site to over 70 different pet communities, which offers pet parents a one-stop-info-shop for all things dog and cat related. Amy's been with PetGuide since the beginning, guided by the wisdom of her Shih Tzu mix and furry roommate, Oscar. Together, this pet power couple has their paw on the pulse of the pet industry, sniffing out trends, advice, news, tasty treat recipes and other tail-wagging stories.

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