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.

 

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170 comments

Fi T.
Fi T.7 months ago

Health should always come first

Christine Jones
Christine Jones7 months ago

I think if you can afford a healthy vegan diet for your pets and they enjoy it, go for it. Anything that saves animals' lives is a good thing.
I've had dogs in the past who thoroughly enjoyed rice, pasta, bread, fruits and veges. My current foster dog though, is a confirmed meat-lover.

Debbie Bemister
Debbie Bemisterabout a year ago

I have always fed my dogs carefully-planned Vegan diets. They have all lived healthily into their 20's, even my large-breed dogs. None of my dogs ever lost any of their teeth, eye sight or hearig. Their coats were beautiful to the end.

Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Geoff P.
Geoff P.1 years ago

Oh my how weird

Catrin Kroehler

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.

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen1 years ago

Thank you :)

Julia H.
Julia H.2 years ago

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...;;

Joe Mitchell
Joe Mitchell2 years ago

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.

Joe Mitchell
Joe Mitchell2 years ago

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.