A dog’s love knows no bounds: they love unconditionally; they are trusted friends and members of the family. Taking care of your dog is a pleasure, but doing it with your own two hands, re-using and recycling, can be even better. Read on for some ideas on how to please your pet while being eco-friendly!
Homemade Dog Food
As we all know, dogs require a balanced diet to stay in full health. Making your own food at home can give you peace of mind knowing that you’ve seen every ingredient to enter your dog’s food. To create this easy, nutritious and healthy meal for your pooch, start by boiling a kilogram of mince-meat for about half an hour. Then wash a carrot and a courgette and chop with a food processor. Add to the boiled meat, with the addition of 2 eggs and 200g of whole wheat flour. Mix thoroughly and shape into balls, which you can then place on a lined baking sheet. Bake at 180° for about half an hour and leave them to cool in the oven once you’ve turned it off. Yum! As a pets diet can change as it moves through its adulthood, you should always consult a vet if you decide to go down the route of home prepared food, to ensure that you dog is getting the right vitamins and minerals.
Building a dog bed
This creative past time will ensure fun for the family. Use all your love to build a dog bed for your four-legged friend, recycling materials from around your home. An old woolly jumper or blanket can be born again as a dog bed: you just have to stuff the fabric with old cushions, cotton or recycled fabric scraps, and your Fido will have a warm and comfortable bed.
Natural Flea Control
The dog’s worst enemy isn’t the cat: it’s the flea! This parasite is a real nuisance that can become dangerous, causing very severe dermatitis in dogs. Nature, however, offers a natural repellent: Neem Oil, which can repell fleas, ticks and mosquitoes! Obtained by pressing the seeds of Azadirachta Indica, it’s not only able to eliminate fleas, but their eggs and larvae too! Neem oil to hand and death to fleas!
If you look around your house, you will see that you have many unused items that can be transformed into eco-friendly toys for your dog: old socks, for example, can become a fun toy if you stuff them with fabric scraps or cotton. Or you can use old woolly jumpers to create a soft toy bone: all you need is a little sewing and stuffing. Your dog will love it! Or else you could braid old socks and tights into ropes to use for playing fetch.
Fitness Dog Walking
Every dog deserves all our love: they give us all of theirs, without asking for anything in return, just a caress. So all you need is a little creativity and some eco-friendly savviness and you can give you dog wonderful presents simply by re-using what you have lying around: and the result will be a happy and healthy dog.