Could Your Dog really become a Vegan?
The whole Vegan movement is showing no signs of stopping, and there’s so many more reasons people are turning to a more plant based diet other than just wanting to not eat animals. Environmental factors and health concerns all paying a role.
It’s also not an exclusive club anymore. I recently did a challenge to eat a vegan diet Monday to Thursday for 6 weeks just to feel a little better, likewise a friend of mine eats only plant based for breakfast and lunch and then has meat/fish for her evening meal – However way they are doing it. More people are depending more on plants in their daily diet.
So what about our pets?
Whilst I’m sure Bramble wouldn’t have turned his nose up at a medium rare fillet, the fact that this vegan dog had such a healthy long life, offers some food for thought! As whilst Cats have a biological profile which means they NEED protein from other animals, Dogs don’t. This explains that when I typed in “Vegan Dog food” into Amazon, there are a couple of brands out there with positive reviews such as Yarrah and Benevo (not Vegan, but Vegetarian)
Will I be changing Willow’s Diet?
Our view at the Wholesome Hound however is as such. I simply can’t imagine making Willow a vegan.
There’s a slight question of ethics in making such a strong decision on behalf of an animal. I know vegans who allow their children to eat everything until they are informed enough to make their own decision, our dogs can’t do that.
However, as a person who is concerned about animal welfare, environmental issues and Health, I don’t eat a lot of meat myself after reducing my dependency on it down over the last few years. I do carry this principle on when it comes to feeding my dog.
I know Willows meals will have meat as the main component in them. Regular readers know I try and cook most of these meals myself, therefore I’m in control over the sourcing of that meat at least.
I do, however try and balance it out with making sure she has a veggie rich diet, and her snacks are all meat free, I’d personally never give her meat such as jerky as a treat, she has enough in her meals. Willows snacks are either raw Carrot or Sweet Potato, or some of my own treat recipes such as our Ginger Biscuits, which are also vegan. I also recently developed this nutritionally balanced Vegan Dinner using lentils and quinoa
I’m keen to hear your thoughts on your dog’s diet, especially if you have a “plant powered” dog who’s looking on track to hit their 27th Birthday!