An estimated 90 million dogs currently live in residential homes, throughout America. It is no surprise, that the green revolution is catching up with our pets, specifically in the upcycling, repurposing, and the do-it-yourself realm. Pet owners, in recent times, have also become aware of everyday, household items, that may be harmful to our pets. More people are taking steps to ensure a healthier, longer life for their pets.
Ask Yourself What Your Pooch’s Needs Are
There are many thing to consider, when creating furniture, for your dog. Age, is a huge factor. Currently, 1 in 4 dogs, the in U.S. has one of the many forms of arthritis, according to Stephanie D. Bland. Many older and smaller dogs need assistance getting up to their human’s furniture.
The size of your dog is a factor that will play a vital role, in the assessment, of components needed for your project. Some special needs dogs, could even use an elevated surface to eat from. Furniture like this, may also include storage for food or toys.
Of course, there are many dog lovers out there, that want to create a cozy space for their snuggle. This could be an intimate, safe den-like structure, maybe for a dog with anxiety. It could also be a beautifully made puppy bed, so you don’t have to share yours!
Environmental Concerns and Materials
When it comes to upcycling, attention should brought to the quality of materials. For example, many people repurpose pallets to make a variety of household furniture items. Be sure to find pallets that have an IPPC code. This code will tell you if the pallet has been debarked, heat treated, or chemically treated. If there is no code, the recommendation, is to find another pallet. Do your due diligence, as the IPPC has an information-packed pamphlet, to use as a guide Heat treated, clean pallets, are the ideal candidates, to keep your loved ones safe.
Materials For Comfort, and Cleanliness
When you finally get your structure built, whether it is a bed, a raised food and water dish, or a set of stairs, there are ways to make your new furniture safe, beautiful, and easy to clean. When looking for a filling for your mattress, for your new dog bed, your best friend, would love nothing more, than to sleep in a bed filled with your scent. Yes, your old clothing, can be a wonderful comfort for a dog with separation anxiety.
If you have an older companion, that may need more support, a memory foam mattress, made from recycled plastics, may be the perfect one for you. These are both great for the environment, as well as, more protection from a hard surface.
What Are You Waiting For?
In this DIY fueled, dog-loving culture, there are many ways to manage the safety and comfort of your pet, while still remaining eco-friendly. Remember to keep your pet’s needs first. Be aware of the materials you are using, and have fun!