Keeping vegan dogs healthy
If you’re thinking of moving your dogs onto a new diet there’s some things you’ve got to keep in mind. It’s easy to keep vegan dogs healthy and happy, in fact even more so than those who eat a regular diet. There’s a few basic things to keep in mind to make sure they’re getting everything they need from their new diet.
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Free From Harm says “dogs are not obligate carnivores, and in fact much of the scientific literature classifies them as omnivores. Regardless, dogs can and do easily thrive on a properly formulated vegan diet, and this can be accomplished by feeding them a ready-made vegan dog food, of which several brands exist, or preparing a whole foods vegetable diet for them that includes things like rice, sweet potatoes or carrots, lentils, and other veggies many dogs love, along with any needed supplements.
You can find abundant testimonies and successful recipes from guardians of longtime healthy vegan dogs online. In fact, one of the longest-lived recorded dogs in history (25 years), Bramble, was vegan and her story is quite famous.”
Things to keep in mind
Vitamins A and D: Dogs and cats cannot make vitamin D in their skin, so it needs to be in their diet. And the vitamin D needs to be D3, which comes from animal sources, not D2, which comes from plant-based sources.
Taurine. Dogs can make taurine if provided the right building blocks through dietary protein. Taurine found in regular dog food is often derived from meat that’s unfit for human consumption and so is particularly bad for the dog anyways. Synthetic taurine is just as, if not more so healthy for your vegan dog.
The risks of feeding dogs a vegan diet include:
- Inadequate total protein intake (less than the 25 grams per 1,000 calories recommended)
- Imbalance of the certain amino acids, such as taurine and L-carnitine.
- Deficiency in vitamins and minerals (such as B vitamins, calcium, phosphorus, and iron) that are regularly obtained from animal products.
I urge you to start transitioning your gods to a vegan diet. Make sure they have everything they need and if not, simply add a supplement to their bowl of food (especially if they’re a larger dog). It’s easy to keep vegan dogs healthy, you just need some prior planning to make it a success!