There are millions of people around the world that have pets. They love them, pets love their owners, and the world feels that little bit better with a pet around. While it’s all lovely and pure joy to have a pet around, pets impact the health of our planet.
Dogs, especially, have a bond that is like no other with their owners. They are there for them whenever they need, and cuddles and walks along make them excellent companions. As with humans, though, dogs leave an impact on the environment. We can feed them the best food from Barking Heads, walk them on the best leashes and buy the comfiest dog bed, but they still have an impact on the environment.
Starting With Diets
Dogs and cats are both meat-eating creatures, which means that they are equally contributing to the consumption of animal products in the same way we do. This includes all the pollutions, toxins, and emissions that the production of animal products creates. We humans can be vegetarian should we choose, but dogs don’t have the same ability. This means that we can’t change how much they impact the environment from a dietary standpoint.
When they consume all those foods that are linked to meat, it all has to go somewhere. What goes in, must come out. Pets are responsible for millions of tons of waste every year, and their waste equals as much as humans in some places. Many people choose to use these leavings as part of the environment and allow it to fertilise the soils outside. However, it’s not always a good thing to do that.
The pet food industry has some catching up to do when it comes to the demand for sustainable options, but in the meantime, there are things that you can do to help. These include:
- Speak to your vet about ways to introduce some plant-based foods into your pet’s diet. You never know whether it could be an excellent idea until you do it.
- Use biodegradable poop bags. You can’t stop the dog from pooping, but you can stop the single-use plastic waste.
- Consider cremating your pet after they die rather than burying them in the garden. This can really do something wonderful for the environment while giving you something beautiful to look at to remember your pet by.
Pets are as important to some people as their children, and we always want to be able to do what’s best for them. The thing is, it’s not all about them. We have to think about what’s right for the environment and how we can minimise the impact that our pets have as much as possible.
Your dog may be your best friend, but if he is contributing to the issues that are being had with the world, then you need to be as proactive as you can to minimise the damage. Love your pooch, but do it sustainably!