It has been well documented that dogs thrive on a well-balanced vegan diet. Coincidentally so do humans!
But dogs are carnivores? Are they? I think dogs are omnivores and are more accurately called opportunity carnivores. Actually my dogs are opportunity anything. Why is cancer in dogs on the rise? Take a look at what’s in the meat based dog foods. Meat by products, slaughterhouse waste, toxins, spoiled meat from grocery stores, meat from diseased animals that isn’t fit for human consumption. Even rendered dogs and cats are sometimes used in dog food. If it isn’t fit for you to eat why would you feed it to your dog? Many dogs are actually allergic to the meat from a cow, chicken, lamb etc.
I’ve tried numerous vegan dog foods and the best is V-dog. It’s a great company that is vegan owned and operated. Compostable bags too!
Any time you switch foods you should introduce 1/4 of the new food to 3/4 of your current food and then slowly transition over a 5 – 7 day period. When I prepare my dinner I sit aside a few steamed vegetables to add to their V-dog. They love steamed kale, steamed carrots, steamed broccoli and even frozen broccoli. Be sure you’re not adding any human food that could be harmful to them (Click here for a list of harmful foods).
Feed your dogs an ethical and healthy food the way you feed yourself. If you’re not completely certain of a vegan diet for your dog then at least feed them 75% V-dog and 25% of a meat based food (be sure to choose a company that doesn’t test on animals such as Natural Balance).
What about vegan cats? Making cats vegan is tricky because cats are obligate carnivores. A lot of cats are healthy on vegan cat food and some get sick. It’s definitely an ethical dilemma. I have a cat named Vegan but no, she’s not vegan. I mix vegan cat food with a Natural Balance meat based food. I struggle for about 15 minutes every time before purchasing it. The fact that they are carnivores and that I have the responsibility to feed and care for them doesn’t really help. Depending on how much vegan cat food I have on hand I feed my cats 25% – 50% vegan food. Vegan cat food is also very expensive. Hopefully someone will come out with a vegan cat food that all cats will thrive on soon!
Please watch this excellent interview with a vet regarding the benefits of a vegan diet for dogs.