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Earth Day is a reminder to respect and care for the planet that provides us with water, air and so much more. Since both humans and our furry friends are important parts of this amazing world, we can all get involved in giving thanks to Mother Earth. Read on for a few simple ways to celebrate Earth Day with your dog.
1. Follow the 3 “R’s.”
“Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” We hear these three words repeated constantly, but do we really understand what they mean, or how they relate to your dog? Reducing means cutting down the amount of waste we produce. You can reduce the waste that comes with owning a dog by choosing toys and products with less packaging, or thinking twice before purchasing Fido’s fifth fancy collar. Reusing is giving use to an old, unwanted item instead of throwing it out. You can reuse your dog’s old bedding, for example, by donating it to a local shelter. Finally, you can recycle unwanted pet items by placing them in the appropriate recycling bin so they can be turned into new items for consumption. Consider buying recycled items whenever possible.
2. Take to the trails.
What better way to enjoy the Earth in all its beauty than to go enjoy nature? Try a new hiking trail or a walk in the park, where your pooch can discover new sights and smells. You’ll both get the exercise you need to stay healthy and fit while gaining a deeper appreciation for your natural surroundings.
3. Pick up after your pup.
Doggy doo-doo isn’t just a nuisance to your neighbors; it’s also harmful to the planet. Dog feces contain millions of bacteria and can often harbor harmful parasites such as giardia and salmonella, which leach into our oceans and sewer systems. Prevent the spread of diseases by picking up after your pup—the smart way. Instead of using wasteful plastic bags that end up in landfills, opt for biodegradable doggy bags like these. Better yet, reduce your plastic bag consumption completely by using a pooper scooper or bucket.
4. Change Fido’s diet.
Both your pup and the planet can benefit from less consumption of meat. By giving your dog less meat and more veggies, you will be providing him a healthy, vitamin-rich feeding option while also cutting down the waste and energy that goes into producing meat. Consult with your veterinarian to see what kind of diet is appropriate for your dog.
5. Plant a dog-friendly garden.
A classic way to celebrate Earth Day is to plant trees. You can plant trees and other plants in your backyard that will help you, your pup and the planet thrive. Some tips for planting a dog-friendly garden include designating a spot for digging, avoiding plants that may be poisonous to your dog and providing your dog space to roam and relax.
We hope that you and your pup use our above tips to have a fun and fulfilling Earth Day. Remember, every day is Earth Day, so always be mindful of how the choices you make with your pup affect the planet!