Hey, there pet parent! You may not know this—but Austin is a city that LOVES dogs. It's rare to walk a mile without seeing someone walking a furry friend (or two).
Even we had a shop pup for a while 🐶.
We understand the deep bond you share with your four-legged buddy, so we've compiled a list of eco-friendly options for dog care to help keep your pet around for a long time.
Whether you're a new pet owner or an experienced one, these sustainable tips and products are worth considering.
Let's start with dog food. Did you know that regular dog foods can harm the environment? Traditional dog products—especially those related to feeding—have a significant environmental footprint, given the resource-intensive nature of meat production.
But don't worry; there are better options out there! Look for dog foods made with sustainable ingredients like free-range chicken or grass-fed beef, or even try plant-based options with sweet potatoes, lentils, and quinoa.
Not only are they better for the environment, but they're also healthier for your dog. And for an extra eco-friendly touch, you can serve your furry friend's meals in bowls made from recycled or sustainable materials.
Like these stainless steel bowls from Wild One:
Let's talk dog toys. It's well-known that dogs love playing, but traditional plastic toys can take hundreds of years to decompose in landfills. Instead, opt for toys made from natural rubber or organic cotton.
Not only are they better for the environment, but they're also safer for your furry friend to chew on. Long-lasting toys are a great investment, as they reduce waste.
When choosing collars, leashes, and beds, select those crafted from sustainable materials like hemp or bamboo. These items not only last longer but are also more environmentally friendly.
Green Grooming Products
If you want to care for your pet's grooming needs in an eco-friendly way, some options are gentle on your pet's fur and kind to the environment. First, you can search for shampoos and conditioners that use natural ingredients and avoid harsh chemicals.
Additionally, you can choose bamboo brushes and combs that are sustainable and biodegradable. By using grooming tools made from sustainable materials, you can reduce your carbon footprint while keeping your pet looking and feeling great.
Wholesome Waste Disposal
If you're reading this (thanks, btw), you're most likely a responsible person. So taking responsibility for your pet's waste is something you do daily.
Biodegradable poop bags made from materials like cornstarch break down faster in landfills than traditional plastic bags. You could even consider composting your dog's waste using a special bin designed for pet waste.
Start Small & Make Big Impacts
Lastly, support small businesses that prioritize sustainability and ethical sourcing. Many eco-friendly dog products are made by these businesses, which are committed to positively impacting the environment.
By supporting them, you're not only getting high-quality products for your pup, but you're also making a difference in the world.
In a nutshell, loads of sustainable products and tips for dog care can help you give your furry friend the best possible care while also being mindful of the environment.
You can make a big impact by making simple changes like switching to eco-friendly dog food, toys, and grooming products, using biodegradable poop bags, and supporting small businesses. So go ahead and spoil your furry friend while also positively impacting the world around you!
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Now if you'll excuse me, I have several more puppy pictures to look at.