Carbon Footprint Of Dogs Larger Then An SUV? Really?

Worried about Climate Change? Trying to reduce greenhouse gas emissions? The biggest polluter in your house may be the one wagging his tail on the couch:

‘If you look at a large-size dog, they can live 10-14 years, and it certainly wouldn’t surprise me,” Don Jordan, director of the Seattle Animal Shelter and President of the Washington State Federation of Animal Care and Control Agencies, said of the study. “There’s a lot that goes into manufacturing and producing food to care for dogs during the course of a life.

Short of eating the dogs, what should be done about these four-legged eco-Hummers before they kill us all?

“If, in fact, this is true … I would think that pet owners would look at the manufacturing process for the items they’re buying for their dogs.’

A quick Google search will unearth hundreds of articles advising on how to reduce your dog’s Carbon footprint. But for me the bigger question is, how can this claim possibly be true? The CO2 comparison between a dog and an SUV appears simply absurd!

So are dogs (and cats) the four-legged environmental evil? I can’t possibly imagine how. The argument of the author of the above book (‘Time To Eat Your Dog…’) appears to revolve around the high Carbon emissions of dog food manufacturing. The answer appears simple – feed your dog home-cooked diet made from locally made ingredients. After all, dogs are natural foragers, which is one of the lowest CO2-releasing ways to procure food. Maybe we should just revert our pets back to foraging lifestyle, or possibly revert to it ourselves. Maybe I should do a research study on that.

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About Dr Vadim Chelom

Dr Vadim Chelom is a Registered Veterinarian, a writer and an educator

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