With the increasing number of people wanting puppies, more individuals are also becoming concerned about the increasing amount of carbon footprints. The term carbon footprint is defined as the amount of carbon being emitted by an activity. Driving to work, eating steak, working out, and even by simply breathing can create carbon emissions that contribute to global warming. And according to research, pets, particularly dogs, have more negative impacts to the environment. In fact, in the popular book Time to Eat the Dog? The Real Guide to Sustainable Living, the authors revealed that dogs have twice the impact of driving a luxury SUV 10,000 miles.
Of course, this doesn’t suggest that you should no longer raise a pet. There are plenty of ways recommended on how to live a greener lifestyle as a pet owner. Here are a few ways on how to lower negative environmental impacts that come with raising your cute puppy. (Don’t have a pet? Visit my favorite pet store and check out their Yorkie pups for sale here.)
Make Your Own Dog Food
Most pet foods are not produced in an eco-friendly way, which harm the environment. In addition to that, transporting those products requires lots of fuel and long hours of travel to get them to retail outlets and stores. To help reduce carbon footprints, consider making your own dog food using locally grown organic products. You can ask for your veterinary nutritionist if you don’t have any idea on how to prepare a balanced meal for your pet. However, if you think that preparing your own pet food sounds like too much work, then opt for ready-to-eat products with natural ingredients. Also consider buying in bulks in order to save gas and reduce packaging waste. However, make sure that you have a good container to keep your pet food from spoiling.
Practice Proper Poop Management
While having a pet can be exciting, raising one can also be challenging, particular when it comes to maintaining their hygiene. However, not all pet owners are responsible enough to handle their pets, especially when it comes to picking up and disposing offending materials when in public places. Little do they know that not picking up after their pets creates hazard to the entire community. Dog droppings can contaminate our water sources, produce harmful bacteria, and cause diseases, such as diarrhea, intestinal illness, and kidney disorders. So to avoid this, bury your pet’s waste or use biodegradable poop bags to clean up.
Choose Eco-Friendly Pet Products
Raising a pet isn’t cheap. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), the estimated minimum cost of humane care for small-sized dogs in the first year is $1,314, with much of that going towards dog products. But of course, the happiness and benefits that our pets bring outweigh the cost. Well, you can reduce your expenses at the same time lower your pet’s carbon paw print by buying eco-friendly products in bulk. Although most environmental-friendly pet products are expensive upfront, they usually last longer, which gives you significant savings in the long run. For grooming products, such as shampoos and soaps, choose the ones that don’t have harmful chemical content, such as sodium lauryl sulfate. For such products as dog beds and toys, avoid the ones that are made from plastic or synthetic materials. Look for something that are made from natural fibers, like hemp and organic cotton, as well as products that are made from recycled materials.
So, there you have it! Of course, these are only some of the many ways to help yourself and your pet make a difference in the environment. There are a lot more other ways to help our Mother Earth. However, if you really don’t have any idea but committed to making a positive change, you can start with these simple steps and gradually think of other ways to help our environment even more.