Kennels all over the county have seen a surge in adoptions and foster volunteers. If you’ve recently adopted or fostered a new pup and are wondering how to be an eco-conscious dog parent, then we’ve got some tips!
Pick up after your pet
If you’ve been reading our blogs, you already know our favorite tip for keeping San Bernardino waterways clean: Picking up after your pet! It’s the best way to not only keep our community looking good, but also prevents harmful bacteria and pathogens from entering into our waterways.
Keep a doggie canister full of bags attached to your leash at all times (this way you will never be caught without a bag). You can order a free canister from us here or use these coupon codes to buy refill bags.
Pick Safe Pest Control
Fleas and ticks are a common problem that dogs encounter. Unfortunately many of the collars used to treat fleas and ticks use dangerous pesticides like tetrachlorvinphos, propoxur, permethrin, and amitraz. Just like pesticides that you’d use for gardening, these pesticides are considered hazardous and should be handled with a lot of care. Pesticides can not only be harmful to humans and pets, but they might be washed into our waterways when you give your dog a bath. Consider opting for ingestible solutions like garlic or B-vitamins. There are also natural powders you can use like calcium carbonate or diatomaceous earth. These products are non-toxic and work by dehydrating pests.
Buy in Bulk
Dog food is a purchase you will repeatedly have to make, so buying in bulk is a great option. Buying in bulk is a good option when you are trying to save money per unit or to save time, but buying in bulk also means you are using less packaging. Reducing package waste is a great way to keep trash out of our environment.
Make Your Own Toys
Dig up a couple of old t-shirt from your donation or throw-away pile and ta-da, you’ve got a new toy! Learn a couple of knots and ties online and you can easily make a couple of tug-toys for your pet. I promise your dog won’t mind receiving your repurposed hand-me-downs.
If you do purchase a toy, try to pick one that is made from organic or recyclable textiles and materials. Dogs don’t worry about making their toys last, which means dog toys end up in the landfill quicker than most other items we own. Picking sustainable toys is a great way to keep your dog and the environment happy.
Make your own treats
Many dog treats are sold in small batches and in plastic packaging. But did you know you can make your own dog treats at home? There are plenty of recipes you can follow to make dog-safe and delicious treats. Making your own treats means you can use ingredients that you already have in your kitchen (like peanut butter!) and you have more control about package waste.
What tips do you have for being an eco-conscious pet parent? Let us know in the comments!