Grooming is an essential part of our pet’s life. As a good pet owner, you should always groom your pet to keep them healthy and comfortable.
You should comb their hair often to prevent matting, trim their nails when due, bathe for them when necessary, and so on.
These are some of the things dog grooming entails. However, while grooming is essential for your dog, it also has a very significant impact on our environment.
This is why you have to adopt sustainable dog grooming practices which will help make your dog healthy and comfortable and at the same time helps you to conserve your healthy environment.
In this article, I have revealed all sustainable dog grooming is all about and also how it can help reduce your pet’s carbon pawprint.
Without further ado, let’s dive in
What is Sustainable Dog Grooming?
Sustainable dog grooming involves the use of natural or non-toxic grooming products to groom your pets.
However, this is not all sustainable dog grooming is all about. It also involves some grooming practices that help to reduce the usage of natural resources such as water and energy.
Sustainable dog grooming also involves recycling and disposing of grooming materials in an eco-friendly way.
What is the Importance of Sustainable Dog Grooming?
Sustainable dog grooming has much important not only to dogs but also to their environment.
Most grooming products such as dog shampoo, tick sprays, and flea sprays are applied directly to dogs’ skin and this can easily expose them to irritations if these products contain harmful ingredients.
The grooming practice you choose to adopt will also have a direct impact on your environment. If you are wondering how. Let me explain!
The toxic grooming product applied to your dog’s coat is most likely to be washed down the drain which leads directly into waterways.
If this happens, the water will be polluted and the toxin present in the grooming product can affect the animals in the water.
This is why as a responsible pet owner, you should always consider eco-friendly grooming products for your pets.
By using eco-friendly products and practices, you can also help reduce water and energy waste, reduce pollution, and promote a healthier planet for future generations.
What to consider while choosing a Sustainable Dog Grooming Product
When you’re taking care of your furry friend, you want to make sure you’re doing everything you can to keep them healthy and happy.
Part of that means grooming them regularly, but it’s important to also think about the impact that your grooming routine has on the environment.
If you’re looking to make more sustainable choices when it comes to grooming your pet, here are some tips to help you choose sustainable grooming products and methods:
1. Choose products with natural ingredients
When you’re shopping for grooming products, try to find ones that have natural ingredients.
These products are typically better for the environment because they’re biodegradable and don’t contain harsh chemicals that can be harmful to the earth or your pet’s skin.
You should also check out for these chemicals or additives: Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), Diethanolamine (DEA), Sodium laureth sulfate (SLS) or Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLES), Synthetic colors, and fragrances.
They are mostly used in producing dog grooming products. However, they are very toxic to the dog’s skin.
If you check the product you are about to purchase and you see any of these ingredients, I will advise you to drop the product and go for another eco-friendly one.
2. Look for eco-friendly packaging
In addition to choosing products with natural ingredients, you should also look for products that come in eco-friendly packaging.
Avoid single-use packaging or excessive plastic packaging that cannot be recycled.
Choosing eco-friendly packaging helps reduce waste that goes into landfills and therefore protects the environment.
3. Buy local and organic products
Supporting local and organic products is a great way to make your grooming routine more sustainable.
Organic products are made from nature and these natural ingredients have little or no adverse effect on dogs’ skin.
Look for products that are made locally or from organic sources, as these options are better for the environment and support local businesses.
4. Do your research
Before making any purchases, make sure to read labels and do your research.
Look for products that are certified by eco-friendly organizations and research the brand’s sustainability practices to make sure they align with your values.
You should also check out the organization’s website and check for people’s reviews.
If you notice a lot of critics, leave the product and purchase a better one with no critics.
How to make your Dog Grooming Sessions go Green
Whether you employed a professional dog groomer or you have decided to do the grooming yourself, it is very important to ensure that your dog’s grooming routine is more eco-friendly.
This is not only about making use of natural products or non-toxic products, it also incorporates other factors that will be discussed in this section.
Here are some of the eco-friendly Dog grooming routines you should follow:
1. Go for eco-friendly grooming products
When purchasing a grooming product, go for the ones made from natural or biodegradable materials.
Ensure the product you buy are free from harsh chemicals or additives such as synthetic fragrances, parabens, and sulfates. These additives are harmful and will cause irritations on your dog’s skin.
2. Reduce the usage of water
Water is a natural resource, and it must surely be conserved to ensure the continuity of aquatic life.
Reduce the amount of water you use in bathing your dog, you can also reduce the number of times you bathe your dog per month.
You may also want to consider using a double tank hydrobath which helps to recycle water.
The water used in bathing your dog might also be used in watering your garden to hasten plant growth.
However, before you do this, ensure the shampoo present in this wastewater is greywater safe, has low ph. and is also plant-based.
3. Make use of Sustainable Grooming tools
Make use of grooming tools that are made from materials that can easily decompose.
You can make use of tools made from bamboo, cotton, vegetables, cornstarch, etc.
Avoid tools made from plastic. This is why compostable poop bags should also be chosen over normal traditional plastic poop bags.
4. Make use of Natural flea or tick repellant
If you are trying to get rid of fleas or ticks on your dog’s coat, I will recommend natural remedies such as diatomaceous earth or essential oils for you.
These natural remedies are 100% non-toxic and won’t cause skin irritation on your dog’s skin. Unlike the chemical flea or tick remedies that usually contain harsh chemicals.
5. Minimize the usage of Energy
This is another thing you should do for eco-friendliness. Instead of making use of electrical energy in powering your grooming tools, you can simply make use of natural energy.
Solar energy can help power up your devices with the help of solar panels. However, this might be expensive initially but it is cost-effective.
You will end up saving up your money for electrical bills in the long run.
6. Avoid Plastics
Avoid the usage of plastic grooming materials such as plastic combs, plastic brushes, etc.
Doing this will help minimize the amount of plastic that enters landfills and this will reduce our impact on the ecosystem.
Avoid buying shampoos or products that are housed inside plastic also instead purchase a product that is housed in a biodegradable container.
7. Use sustainable grooming methods
Instead of using disposable wipes or electric clippers, try using a reusable washcloth or manual scissors.
Most wet wipes are made of plastic material and this makes them to be non-biodegradable. However, making use of a washcloth might be the perfect replacement for this method.
Electric clippers might also lead to excessive usage of electricity which is not fair because we aim to conserve energy while grooming our pets for healthy living.
In a case like this, I will advise you to opt for manual scissors. This doesn’t require energy to power it.
These methods listed above are more sustainable because they reduce waste and energy consumption.
Sustainable dog grooming is all about reducing your pet’s carbon pawprint by using eco-friendly products, reducing waste, and being mindful of energy consumption.
As a responsible pet owner, you aim to promote a healthier pet and a cleaner planet and one of the ways you can achieve this is through sustainable dog grooming methods.
Let’s all do our part by following these tips to create a more sustainable future for ourselves and our furry friends.