The idea of feeding your dog a vegan diet is often met with skepticism, and sometimes even harsh criticism. It’s even been reported that dog owners could face jail time and fines of up to £20,000 for putting their pets on a plant-based diet that doesn’t “meet all your dog’s nutritional needs. However, veterinarians have assured dog owners that it is safe to put their pet on a vegan diet – as long as all nutritional needs are met.
Dr Guy Sandelowsky, veterinarian and founder of vegan dog food company Omni, told Express.co.uk: “A plant-based diet for dogs can have many health benefits, especially if it is involves cutting back on relatively unhealthy alternatives.
“Plant-based diets for dogs are increasingly recognized as offering a wide range of health benefits, as they avoid troublesome ingredients like processed meat, excess animal fat, and various preservatives and additives. “
Dr Sandelowsky said his vegan dog food, which typically includes sweet potato, brown rice and pumpkin, has 30% more protein than most meat-based diets and is carefully formulated to meet all the nutritional needs of a dog.
He also shared some do’s and don’ts with experts on how to safely feed your dog a vegan diet.
- Get veterinary advice on the vegan diet you wish to feed to ensure it is balanced and nutritionally complete
Look for FEDIAF certified complete diets
Cook ingredients to make them more digestible and kill bacteria
Use a supplement if cooking at home to ensure your dog is getting all the vitamins and minerals he needs to thrive (the same goes for meat-based diets)
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