Australia has one of the highest pet ownership rates in the world with dogs being the most popular pets. While we are proud as a pet-loving nation, we can make a difference and positive contribution to the environment by choosing a low or lower carbon life style for our beloved dogs.
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As a nation of animal lovers, around 40% of Australian households own at least one dog (Animal Medicines Australia 2019), it is certainly not just humans who are creating carbon footprints, we also need to consider the impact of 5.1 million dogs (and 3.8 million cats) in Australia on climate change, we are responsible for making better choices for our dogs that help keep our planet the place we love for generations to come.
Dogs rely on a primarily meat-based diet which require a high carbon footprint to produce, pets consume about a fifth of world's meat and fish (Okin 2017). What we put on our pets' bowls contribute significantly to the amount of carbon pawprints on earth. A study by Professor Gregory Okin (2017) shows that dogs' and cats' diets are responsible for releasing 64 million tons of greenhouse gas every year or an equivalent of driving over 13 million cars; a medium-sized dog's carbon pawprint is twice that of an average sized SUV (Vale & Vale, 2009).
How we care for and feed our dogs can be endangering the environment. Their carbon pawprints are in our hand. How can we reduce our pet dog's carbon pawprints?
Be aware of the issues of how we reduce carbon footprints as well as how we reduce our pets' carbon pawprints. It is up to us!
Compared to a plant-based diet, a meat-based diet requires more energy, land, and water and has greater environmental consequences in terms of erosion, water use, fossil fuel, fertiliser and pesticide use, greenhouse gas emission and waste. Though veganism is not an option for cats, it can be for dogs; we can't turn our pet dogs into vegans overnight, but why not try out vegetarian and vegan treats and food and see if your furry friends like them.
Try insect-based proteins as a nutritious alternative. Commercial insect farming is considered to have a low carbon footprint, requiring minimal feed, water, energy and land resources (CSIRO 2021) with low greenhouse gas emissions. Insect grubs only need 2% of the land and 4% of the water to produce 1 kg of protein with 96% less greenhouse gas emissions (Daily Mail, Jan 2019) compared to 24 kg of CO2 to make 1 kg of pork and 1000 kg of CO2 to produce 1 kg of beef (Breyer, 2017).
Avoid overfeeding. Obesity is a major problem among pets. The prevalence of overweight and obese dogs combined was 41 per cent in Australia (PD McGreevy, 2005). It is not just what we feed but how we feed our pets that contribute to the impact on the environment.
Avoid food waste, turn leftovers into yummy dog treats.
Choose sustainable pet food rather than gourmet pet food using high grade meat.
Buy in bulk to avoid extra packaging waste.
Use biodegradable poop bags.
As custodians of our planet and responsible pet owners, Nakedogs aims to expand our green product range for dogs over the course of our business development.