04 November 2021
Did you know that a large Great Dane can create up to 4 tonnes of CO2e every year - the equivalent of four return flights from Paris to New York?
Even an average-sized dog can create a carbon footprint of around one tonne every year once you take into account emissions connected with their food, treats, accessories, and vet care – one Paris to New York return flight.^
What can we do to reduce this?
1. Most of the CO2e attributed to our dogs is linked to their carnivorous diet. Consider a chicken or fish-based diet to help decrease this*, (always check that fish has been Marine Stewardship Council certified) and sustainable insect-based pet food is also now available.
2. Does your dog eat wet food? Consider using tins instead of pouches as they are more widely recyclable. If you do use pouches, there are recycling schemes you can take them to.
3. If your dog eats dry food and you can store it safely, buy large bags where possible and recycle the packaging.
4. Always weigh your dog's meals accurately to minimise waste - which also helps to keep your dog at a healthy weight!
5. Avoid plastic, flimsy dog toys and look for durable, long-lasting items, especially toys made from recyclable materials.
6. Always check that you’re using compostable or biodegradable poo bags as these will fully disintegrate into natural materials. Using these could save over 700 plastic bags from going to landfill per dog, every year. If every dog owner in the UK switched from plastic bags to biodegradable or compostable – this would account for 8.75 billion plastic bags every year.
*Always speak to your vet before changing your dog's diet
^ Statistics from Eco Offset ltd
With a Kennel Club Pet Insurance policy, you can access the free Pet Health Helpline, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The veterinary-trained team will advise on any concerns or queries that you may have over your pet’s health – much like the NHS 111 service for people. Call free on 03333 32 19 47.