Earth Day is coming up on April 22nd. It’s a great time to take your dog for a hike in nature and consider the ways that you as an individual and as a dog-owner can help the environment. Here are a few recommendations from PuppySpot.
1. Follow the 3 “R’s.”
- Reduce: You can reduce the waste that comes with owning a dog by choosing toys and products that come with less packaging. Opt for products that require little to no wrapping, like stuffed toys, or buying larger bags of food instead of individual servings.
- Recycle: Did you know that many old plastic dog toys are recyclable? Once Fido is done with them, you can take them to your local recycling center or put them in your home recycling bin. You can also find new toys made from recycled materials from many pet retailers.
- Reuse: Do you have dog toys or beds that your pup never took a shine to? Try donating them to a local shelter – you can feel good while doing good.
2. Take to the trails.
What better way to enjoy the natural wonders around you than going to the great outdoors? Try a new hiking trail or take a walk in the park where your pooch can discover new sights and smells. Be sure to stop and smell the roses this Earth Day!
3. Pick up after your pup.
Doggy doo-doo isn’t just a nuisance to your neighbors; it can also be harmful to the environment. Dog feces contains millions of bacteria and can sometimes harbor harmful parasites such as giardia and salmonella, which find their way into our waterways. Prevent the spread of disease by picking up after your pup. Bonus points if you use biodegradable doggy bags like these. Better yet, reduce your plastic bag consumption completely by using a pooper scooper or similar non-disposable tool.
4. Modify Fido’s diet.
Both your pup and the planet can benefit from a change to their diet. Just like humans, dogs need a varied diet and can usually benefit from getting more veggies. By feeding your pup a mostly plant-based diet, you can help decrease emissions from resource-intensive meat processing and increase their consumption of vitamins and fiber at the same time. You should always consult your veterinarian when making changes to your dog’s diet.
5. Plant a dog-friendly garden.
To many, Earth Day is synonymous with tree planting. Try planting a tree or one of these other dog-friendly plants in your yard. Increasing the greenery in your yard helps you, your pup, and the planet thrive.
We hope that you and your pup use our above tips to have a fun and fulfilling Earth Day. And remember, the choices you make affect the planet every day, not just on Earth Day!