Choosing to Adopt a Dog
It is possible to be an eco-friendly human and use those theories and philosophies when choosing and raising a pet.
The first step in keeping your ideology is adopting rather than buying. There are loving, sweet, and beautiful dogs in shelters waiting to get a new home. In the United States, each year, approximately 1.5 MILLION dogs are euthanized.
When you take a pet home, you are saving one from certain death. The dogs are chipped, fixed, and vaccinated.
Easy peasy love-fest!
There is a lot of math involved in this one, so get your calculator out. Just kidding! It is pretty simple; when you spay or neuter your dog, you are saving food, money, and energy. Each animal uses resources. And many of those poor dogs born on the streets or unplanned will end up getting an unhappy end in an overcrowded shelter. It is unkind to leave your dog susceptible to pregnancy. An unloved pet is terribly sad.
When it comes time to choose food for your dog, please choose a local food manufacturer. This reduces the processing and traveling drains on the environment. Less factory power and less gas power for the trucks getting it to you. When choosing your poop bags, go biodegradable. Fecal matter has bacteria that can contaminate lakes, ponds, and ground water. Always place dog feces in a bag, but one that will eventually biodegrade at a landfill, as will the poo!
They make pretty much everything from recycled materials, and pet toys are included on that list. Pet bedding is made with untreated fabrics and eco-friendly filling. They are chemical-free, which is much safer for your dog’s skin and lungs. Check out your local pet store and shop online. Often you can find things shipping for free and packed in eco-friendly packaging. Groom with the environment in mind, as well. Buy products that are made from natural, safe products, and as chemical free as possible. Clean with vinegar and baking soda as these pose no risk to pets when wiped away completely. Avoid using bleach, ammonia, and commercial products that are poisonous.