WORLD EARTH DAY. HOW CAN YOU CONTRIBUTE WHEN WE LOOK AT OUR PETS?

When the last tree is cut, the last fish is caught, and the last river is polluted, when to breath the air is sickening, you will realize, too late, that wealth is not in bank accounts and that you can’t eat money. 
— Alanis Obomsawin

Yesterday was World Earth Day. A day to remember that we are all responsible for the planet we live on and the inhabitants on that planet.

Our nature is incredibly beautiful and we need nature to survive. We need Mother Nature for the oxygen we breathe, the food we eat, the wood to burn, and the water to drink. Without nature, we and other species cannot survive. Yet, despite the fact that we all know this, we as a kind of mother Nature have not treated so well. And this, as we all know, causes a lot of problems. The warming, deforestation, extinction of plants and animals and pollution of air and water to name a few. We all have to do our part to take care of our Earth. For ourselves, for future generations and for the plants and animals. Consider, for example, all those plants and animals that have not yet been discovered. It is very likely that some of those plants are a good medication for diseases that we want to cure now or in the future.

But, what can we do when we think of our pets. Are there ways we can help our beautiful planet? Yes, there are plenty of them! Today I would like to mention two of them.

What we often forget is that what is bad for the planet is also bad for the health of ourselves and our animals. Animal welfare, healthy soil, reduction of antibiotic use and use of antiparasitics and pesticides are examples of things that also affect the health of our pets. Pesticides used on crops and antibiotics used in animals are also found in the food for our pets. How animals are kept and how they are slaughtered affects the quality of the meat and therefore also the food we feed to our dogs and cats. So if you’re not doing it for the planet, do it for your animals!

We often think that these kinds of problems are beyond our control. That we as a single person can’t do anything about this. That it is something for the government and the administrations of the world. But the truth is that we absolutely can and must do something about it ourselves!

One way you can help is by paying attention to the food you feed your dog or cat. Money you spend on a product is actually an investment in the company behind that product. By investing/ buying from companies that are concerned with animal welfare and a healthy planet, you make a difference every day. Where do the ingredients of that feed come from? Are the ingredients organic? How were the animals used for that feed kept? Do they contain genetically modified products?

Research shows that it matters whether chickens come outside or not. Eggs from chickens that do not go outside contain very little vitamin D. While eggs from chickens exposed to the sun outside contain a healthy amount of vitamin D. Chickens that walk outside can also eat plants and insects, which makes their diet more varied and their eggs more nutritious.

In cattle, we know that if cattle are allowed to graze and move outside, the meat contains a greater amount of the good fatty acids. One of those fatty acids is CLA. This fatty acid plays a role in preventing cancer, reducing excess weight, lowering cholesterol promoting the immune system and it has anti-arteriosclerosis effects.

Non-organic chickpeas often contain decent amounts of glyphosphate. A pesticide that has negative effects on the health of the person who ingests it.

So the first thing you can do is consciously look at the food you give your dogs and cats.

The second thing you can do is limit the use of anti-parasitics (remedies against fleas and ticks) as much as possible. Although these products have been found safe for use with our pets, they are still chemicals and, when used, also end up in the environment where they have a negative impact. A dog with a flea collar that jumps into the water also releases the remedy against the fleas to the water. This affects the plants and animals in that water. Feces from dogs and cats that receive oral fleas and tick remedies contain small amounts of this medicine. In this way, with every pile of stool, a little bit ends up in the environment. If you use a spot on drop, the remedy also gets into the hair of your dog or cat. Please do not leave these hairs for the birds because the remedy can make the little birds sick or even kill them.

Does your dog or cat have no fleas or ticks? Then there is no reason to treat! Of course, if there are fleas, treatment is often necessary. But then pay attention to which remedy you use.

Hopefully, these ideas have made you think and inspire you to help keep our beautiful planet healthy.

Do you have ideas, questions or comments? Send me a message!

Holistische dierenarts. Acupunctuur, voedingsadvies en voedingstherapie voor honden en katten.

Hi, I am Anneke

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