We think it’s fair to say that most dog owners love to treat their little pooches. After all, they’re a member of the family. We humans like a treat every now and again, so why wouldn’t our furry friends? All the classic treats we like to give them are probably beloved by our pets – but shouldn’t we stop to think about their environmental impact? As we strive to make more and more ethical choices in our own lives, why not do the same for the lives of our pets, and the purchases we make on their behalf? In this post, we’ll be offering up some ideas as to how you can treat your dog in more ethical, sustainable ways.
Consider their needs
There are things that affect our dogs that we may not even consider as humans. For example, getting your dog spayed or neutered is considered the ethical thing to do, as it can prevent health complications in later life. Other things that might not be obvious, but must be considered, are things like how to take care of your dog in hot weather, keeping on top of flea, tick and worming treatments, and keeping them well trained for their own and other dogs’ safety.
Buy all-natural ethical dogs treats
A survey from 2019 has shown that most owners read the labels of the treats to seek the ingredients list and the claimed health benefits, and is it any wonder? As loving and responsible pet owners, we ought to know just what it is we’re feeding our dogs. There’s a wide variety of treats and chews available out there, and so it’s easier than ever to make ethical choices when buying your pet treats. Opt for natural dog chews from Wild Thought and avoid feeding your pet potentially harmful additives, colours and flavourings. There are plenty of natural treats available online, from 100% vegetable-based chews made from vegetable fibres and natural fibres with minimal fat content to dried and cured snacks like jerky and dried fish. Delicious!
Provide natural chews
If you don’t want to or aren’t able to purchase carefully made, nutrient-rich, eco-friendly dog treats, you can still provide your dog with natural, eco-friendly snacks. More traditional treats made from animal byproducts are often very cheap and are a great ethical alternative for your dog. Dried pigs ears, certain treated bones and even antlers and rawhide make fantastic natural treats for your dog with minimal ecological impact. A win-win.
Invest in an eco-friendly rubber toy
There are many eco-friendly rubbers available now, and in turn, eco-friendly rubber toys. Opt for BPA free, natural rubbers to give your dog the safest option. These toys often come with a space to stash treats, keeping them occupied for hours. You can also purchase biodegradable rubber toys, further lessening your impact on the planet!