Did you know that Americans will spend approximately $51 BILLION dollars on pets this year? As a Latina pet lover I find this amount staggering, especially in a down economy. What’s more, many of those billions of dollars contribute to a ton of waste and harm to the environment. At Casa Latina we are always interested in ways we can be more environmentally conscious and take small steps in our daily lives to “go green.” Big changes made to quickly can become overwhelming. But pet owners can make small, convenient, inexpensive changes that greatly benefit the environment.
Heidi Ganahl, CEO and Founder of Camp Bow Wow, the nation’s largest pet services company, has come up with several ways that you can help reduce your dog’s carbon paw print and eliminate some burdens that dogs naturally impose on the environment.
Tips on Reducing Your Dog’s Carbon Paw Print
Make Waste More Eco Friendly
A well-known fact is that it takes 1,000 years for a plastic bag to decompose. There are more eco-friendly options available at the grocery store, such as biodegradeable bags made of corn husk that are made specifically for picking up after your dog.
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When buying dog food and dog treats, always look for organic and/or natural products, which are easier on your dog’s stomach, and helps reduce waste overall. Be sure you recycle the packaging that is used for dog food, such as cans and food bags. To go the extra step, make your own dog food.
Break out the Fine China
For your doggie dishes, purchase stainless steel or ceramic bowls instead of plastic. These materials last longer and don’t have to be replaced as often, eliminating waste.
Use grooming products that are made with natural ingredients instead of chemicals that are harmful to the environment. You should also support groomers that use natural products or ask that your groomer switch to more eco-friendly products. Consider donating some green products so the groomer can see how much better they are than the toxic ones. These organic products are safer for the planet AND Fido. At Camp Bow Wow, dogs are bathed with all natural shampoo and conditioners. In fact, most locations also use “The Bathmaster Animal Bathing System”, which cuts bath time and product usage amount in half.
Help Reduce the Population of Homeless Pets
You’ve heard Bob Barker say it before but here it is again: Spay or neuter your dog. This is not only beneficial for your dog’s health but the planet’s health as well. Humanely reducing the pet population helps to reduce the stress that dogs place on the environment. Instead of purchasing a dog from a breeder, you should strongly consider adoption. Sadly, there are a lot of homeless dogs out there. Camp Bow Wow’s charity, The Bow Wow Buddies Foundation, works with Camp Bow Wow franchisees throughout the county to provide foster care and facilitate adoptions for homeless pets.