I have 2 furry babies, Rosie the Lurcher and Falcon the Malinois. As challenging as it can be, I love taking care of them “zerowaste-ish” style. I say “zerowaste-ish” because it isn’t as “eco-friendly” as I want it to be. Yet, I chose “the greenest” options of what’s available to me.

FOOD

The options are:

  • Make your own- Not practical for me considering the amounts of food needed to feed 2 dogs.
  • Buy in bulk- I don’t have it available where I live.
  • Buy food packaged in cardboard boxes/ tins- Comes in small quantities (1-3 Kg). This option doesn’t suit me as I need 40 Kg a month.
  • Buy big plastic sacs (17 Kg)- Which is what I do. I reuse the plastic sacs to store stuff in the shed.
  • Buy dog mince from the butcher in your own containers.

TREATS

The options are:

  • Buy in bulk- If you live in the UK, the following store have package-free treats: The Range and Pets at Home.
  • Veggies and fruits- Do your research before you give them to your dog as certain foods are toxic for canines (i.e: Grapes raisins, chocolate…etc). My dogs LOVE potatoes, carrots, zucchini, cucumber, apples, broccoli and watermelon.
  • Buy treats packaged in cardboard boxes- Usually available in all supermarkets.
  • Make your own- Which is my go to option. My dogs love peanut butter treats and this recipe is a winner.

PEANUT BUTTER TREATS
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Ingredients:
2 cups flour (Make sure your dog has no allergies)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup natural peanut butter (Make sure your dog has no allergies)
1 cup water
1/4 cup sugar- Or honey/ maple syrup

Method:

  1. Pre-heat your oven 180C (350F)
  2. In a bowl, combine the dry ingredients
  3. Add the peanut butter and mix well until you get a crumble-like mixture
  4. Slowly, add water until if forms a firm dough
  5. Flour your surface and roll the dough about 1-2 cm
  6. Use your cookie cutter to create different shapes
  7. Bake for 20 mins or until golden brown and flip halfway through
  8. Store them in an airtight container or any glass jar. They keep fresh for 2 weeks!

TOYS

The options are:

  • Stuffed animals- I buy 3 for £1 from my local charity shop aka thrift shop. My dogs like tossing them in the air and giving them a good squeeze. However, if your dog destroys them, this might not be the best option.
  • Hemp toys- They are made of out hemp which is 100% compostable. This is a good option but not always the cheapest.
  • “Freebies”- If you’re a dog parent, I’m sure your baby has lost a tennis ball, golf ball or a frisbee before. Well, I pick them up when I’m walking my dogs!
  • Coconut shells and antlers- They’re durable and 100% natural/ compostable. I found the antlers when we were hiking in Glen Clova. You can buy them online too.

GROOMING

The options are:

  • Brushes- I use a shoe brush to scrub my dogs in the bath and it works like a dream.
  • Undercoat rake- Mine once belonged to my mother in-law and it’s over 30 years old. You can find them in most supermarkets in recyclable packaging.
  • Shampoo- I have tried a homemade recipe but it made their skin flaky and itchy. If you have any suggestion/ recommendations, please let me know!
  • Towels- Secondhand cotton towels work like a charm!

CLEANING *POOP & SMELLS*

The options are:

  • Poop bags- I used to buy biodegradable poop bags before I found out that they really aren’t! I did some research and none of the options is any good. I currently use normal plastic poop bags but I would LOVE to explore better options. If you have any idea, please hit me up!
  • Smells- If you have a dog, you know that sometimes those beauties smell horrific lol, especially when their coat is wet. I use my homemade cleaner to get rid of the smell and nasties. I keep a bottle in the car too! – Check out my homemade cleaners

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2 thoughts on “ZEROWASTE-ISH DOG CARE

  1. hi there! thanks for posting your ideas. regarding dog poo: I use old newspaper. people often leave it in parks or benches (here in Barcelona, where I live). so, at least, you give it a second use and it’s going to degrade soon as well. Another option are paper napkins: I tend to carry cloth napkins with me, but sometimes the paper ones fall into my hands, then I keep them and repurpose them. I hope this helps out! Your recipes look seriously tasty: can’t wait to try them out. Take care!

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