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100 Dogs on a Vegan Diet

100 Dogs on a Vegan Diet

Many people are surprised to learn that dogs can be vibrantly healthy on a plant-based diet. Not only this, but their physical condition can actually improve, just like people, as a result of eliminating animal foods. This is a wonderful thing for those of us who embrace the vegan way of life, and also share our lives with canine companions.

Skeptical? Consider this story from CNN, where six veterinarians agreed that the nutritional requirements of dogs can be adequately met with a vegan diet. Veterinarian Kathryn E. Michel is an associate professor of nutrition at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine, and confirms:

“The important thing is that you use a diet that has been shown to be nutritionally adequate for whatever stage of life you’re feeding, and it is absolutely possible to find a good quality commercial pet food that doesn’t have animal products in it.”

By genus, dogs are classified as carnivorous, but metabolically, they are actually omnivorous. This means that their nutritional requirements can be adequately met with a plant-based diet – as they can source or synthesize all the nutrients they require from plant foods with supplementation.

Vegan blogger Butterflies Katz has put together a collection of plant-strong pups from all over the world: Malaysia, India, Italy, Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom. Yes, vegan dogs are taking over the world!

This extensive list includes long-lived canines such as 25-year-old Bramble (the world’s longest-living dog at the time) and 20-year-old Floyd (who was a vegan dog in the late seventies), Rapchik from India, who cured her heart disease and arthritis with a vegan diet, Fonzie who “will totally jump up the table to steal apples” and Tia who loves to chew broccoli stalks or raw kale as a snack.

For those who are curious about transitioning their canine companion to an animal-free diet, this blog post is also an excellent resource for information about what a responsible vegan regimen for a dog entails.

For more information about how to raise a healthy vegan dog (or cat) take a look at these resources.

 

Gentle World is a non-profit educational organization, whose core purpose is to help build a more peaceful society, by educating the public about the reasons for being vegan, the benefits of vegan living, and how to go about making such a transition. Visit www.GentleWorld.org for more information.

 

Read more: Animal Rights, Diet & Nutrition, Dogs, Food, Health, Pet Health, Pets, Vegan

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Angel Flinn

Angel Flinn is Director of Outreach for Gentle World – a non-profit educational organization whose core purpose is to help build a more peaceful society, by educating the public about the reasons for being vegan, the benefits of vegan living, and how to go about making the transition.

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5:05AM PDT on Aug 5, 2014

thanks for sharing :)

1:27PM PDT on Jun 6, 2014

Oh my how weird

7:04AM PDT on May 29, 2014

Thanks for sharing this . Do not think that wild dogs would go for vegan,but if an owner can get a dog to be vegan and the animal is healthy by doing so why not.

2:17AM PDT on May 16, 2014

Thank you :)

5:02PM PST on Feb 2, 2014

I don't get how feeding your dog a vegetarian or vegan...type foods is animal cruelty or animal abuse, so long as you make sure you get them enough nutrients, don't feed them anything you shouldn't...and of course looking out for their well being...;c

Our dogs aren't vegan but they've even vegetarian and vegan foods, either things made specifically for pets or 'human food' or straight up veggies and fruit...;;

5:10PM PST on Jan 17, 2014

People relax, it's not animal abuse and animal protein is not necessary. There's plenty of vegan dogs living ripe ages that prove you wrong. It's called new school, so jump out of your comfort zone and step into a better life. You've been lied to for a long time.

5:10PM PST on Jan 17, 2014

People relax, it's not animal abuse and animal protein is not necessary. There's plenty of vegan dogs living ripe ages that prove you wrong. It's called new school, so jump out of your comfort zone and step into a better life. You've been lied to for a long time.

12:59AM PST on Dec 27, 2013

thanks

8:31AM PST on Dec 16, 2013

Had a Pomeranian who wanted to eat what I eat. Some dog food has carrots in it, he left the bits of carrot. I grow carrots in my garden, one day I pulled one, washed it and started eating it. He was interested and I washed one for him and he liked carrots ever since. That dog (Prinz) and I were inseparable, he loved my garden produce. His top favorites were raspberries and hazelnuts. But he broke a tooth on a hazelnut and he had a tooth removed at the vet. But he was not stupid, from then on, when I collected the nuts he was allowed to keep whatever he found. He put it on a concrete stepping stone, barked to claim it and I cracked it for him. But I did notice that he could not really digest the nuts. I guess it was the crunchiness and the taste that got him interested. But the raspberries were a totally different story, he was addicted to them. I grew them to make jelly, so we shared, even the jelly. Prinz, that little gentleman died a couple of years ago at the age of 18. I miss him so much.
My daughter meant well and got a Rotti. Dad you need another dog, get over it.
It is her dog we are sharing him, I am the daycare center. He loves me so much, he has already bitten me 4 times. How can I not forgive him, two masters is a big ask and confusing.
As for veggies, he will not have a bar of it, but a piece of banana is not crunchy for him, so he licks it and licks it until it is gone.

9:47AM PST on Dec 14, 2013

not smart

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