How to shrink your animal’s environmental footprint

How to shrink your animal’s environmental footprint

More than ever, it’s critical to reduce how we—and our dogs—affect the environment. Here are some simple suggestions.

June 16, 2020

We must all do our part to reduce the environmental impact of our actions. Caring for a companion animal is no exception; it requires precious resources which can take a toll on our planet. Fortunately, a few basic measures can make a difference. 

Go for quality
Most dogs like to play. If this is the case for your pet, you probably buy new toys on a regular basis and the choices you make contribute to your dog’s environmental footprint. By purchasing better quality, you’ll be able to keep them longer and buy fewer. It’s no surprise that reasonable levels of consumption are good for the planet as well as your budget!

Changing our habits
In our busy daily lives, it’s easy to trade the environmental choice for the more convenient one. Case in point: dog pee pads. While there’s no doubt that these are practical, they aren’t environmentally friendly. If you can’t get home on time, why not ask a neighbour to let your dog out instead?

Avoid excessive packaging
Well-informed consumers know to avoid mountains of packaging. This also applies to purchases you make for your dog. A quick online search helps locate scores of companies offering pet food and accessories in bulk, without the packaging. For instance, Épicerie Animal Vert in Montreal sells food, treats, toys and accessories in “loose” formats for cats, dogs and other animals. And, of course, when it’s time to head out for a walk with your dog, be sure to have biodegradable poop bags on hand!

Cooking for your buddy
For sure, it requires time and energy … but cooking for your pet provides them with delicious food and is a great gesture for the planet. Why not give your dog the chance to sample new foods that are also excellent for their health? Cooking for your pooch can be a fun rainy day activity. If you’re looking for inspiration, read our article on home-baked dog treats!

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