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Can Dogs Survive & Thrive On A Vegan Diet?

Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection, pets )

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Research shows that vegetarian and vegan diets are smart choices for health-conscious humans. They also minimize harm done to animals raised as fodder for supermarkets. But can a diet that is healthy and good for animals also be healthy for our pets?

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Robert O (12)
Thursday February 20, 2014, 7:37 am
Thanks Cher.

Syd H (48)
Thursday February 20, 2014, 8:13 am

Well, this is going to bring out the vegan-haters, but the truth is that most people who have animals are feeding them essentially a supplemented corn & soy diet (and GMO at that) as well as wheat because that's what makes up the vast bulk of pet foods sold by the major manufacturers and sold in the corporate stores (and people are indeed buying them). That's a diet I find is way more cruel than a vegan one that avoids corn/soy and GMO. The Now-Standard American Diet for domestic pets causes all kinds of inflammation in animals too and diabetes among other illnesses and long-term disease that then require pills and other interventions.

Criminy, if I'd listened to my doctor about my diet I'd be terribly sick still. He was clueless, and given the Big Pharma running of most medical schools these days, it's no wonder. I'd wager most vets are much the same and would not even consider the diet. Meanwhile, I've seen numerous dogs go from sick and even disabled to thriving & happy with the diet change. So really, what is more cruel? And why are those who are so adamantly against a vegan diet for domestic pets (and humans too usually) not up in arms about the diet most pets get? It would seem they are very selective in their criticism.

But here's a myth that the article also advances. The idea of combining. Grr... As long as we are meeting our caloric intake needs eating whole foods (not refined sugar, alcohols, oils) then we are meeting our protein needs even if eating a single food type such as potatoes (that's indeed how the Irish survived even working long and hard -- but few of us do that in part because there are other nutrients besides the over-hyped protein). The myth of limited amino acids was propagated in 1975 by a sociologist who wrote a book about world hunger. She was not a scientist, not a doctor and has since retracted her hypothesis. However, despite that it's now even taught in medical & nutritionist schools so that makes me even more skeptical of their ability to make health decisions since they are teaching a modern day myth based on no scientific backing.

Read this for more info and charts showing how sufficient plants are for protein needs.

And here's an article about how growing food to feed animals for eating (by humans, pets, and even zoo animals) is causing even more misery in ways not often connected:


Jana DiCarlo (45)
Thursday February 20, 2014, 10:36 am
I have always cooked regular people food for all my dogs ( not the cats- they got cans and kibble). Every dog I owned lived to a ripe old age of relatively free of general ailments such as allergies, and such. Only one died early at 9 yrs old due to a fairly rare form of bone cancer. I do mix dry kibble in a but, so they crunch and it keeps their teeth healthy. It is not as hard as you might think - it is usually a variation of whatever I am making for my own dinner anyhow, and add a mulivitamin supplement, just so I am not missing anything.
Main reason I just don't know what the heck is in that bag of kibble. It is all some strange colour , stays fresh on the shelf forever??

Dont get me wrong, I am not against people who feed nothing but kibble to their pets, its just not me.

Having said that you have to educate yourself about food, what to feed your dog to meet his nutritional needs , and what NOT to give them.

Past Member (0)
Thursday February 20, 2014, 11:16 am
I beg to differ on a dozen different levels, but I'll simply make three points. First, undeniably, canids are canids and thus by definition opportunistic carnivores. Secondly, if your moral stance is that animals have the right to live their natural life, you have no business dictating that they eat an unnatural diet. And third, although you will hear tales repeated over and over of vegan dogs living to be 20 something years old, the fact is that carniverous dogs also live long lives ~ without the supplementation that's often required by a vegan diet. Quite a few vegans aren't really up to bat as to how to ensure they obtain adequate nutrition ~ now couple that with having no knowledge at all of canine nutritional requirements and metabolism and that explains my *Nay*.

Past Member (0)
Thursday February 20, 2014, 11:25 am
Beg to differ NOT with the writer of the article.....but those who find a dozen excuses to justify feeding an unnatural diet.

. (0)
Thursday February 20, 2014, 12:54 pm
Not owning a dog, it still sounds unreasonable not to feed them beef.

Syd H (48)
Thursday February 20, 2014, 1:45 pm

How natural is a bag of kibble or a can of... um whatever it is in that can (besides BPA)?

Dogs do not have opposable thumbs so cannot open the can... naturally. Dogs also do not naturally neuter themselves yet that's something else I advocate for.

Dogs do naturally eat poop though, but most owners do try to keep them from that...


Waltraud U (85)
Thursday February 20, 2014, 3:35 pm
thanks - I believe they mostly can with exclusion once a week - that is 1/7 of the full weekly nutrition only biofarmersmeat.

Past Member (0)
Thursday February 20, 2014, 3:43 pm
The foods I feed and recommend provide all the nutrients needed without waste or fillers. They contain meat, grain, and vegetables ~ all part of a natural diet.
You should actually read some labels.

Jaime Alves (52)
Friday February 21, 2014, 12:58 am

Sherri G (128)
Friday February 21, 2014, 1:43 am
Noted good to know TY Cher

SANJA l (96)
Friday February 21, 2014, 3:25 am
ty DHER. Noted.

Past Member (0)
Friday February 21, 2014, 4:44 am
There's individual need

Sara P (54)
Friday February 21, 2014, 8:16 am
I think that we have simply to respect the nature of the animals, if they are carnivorous why they have to eat something else different?

Ruth C (87)
Friday February 21, 2014, 11:42 am
I make my animals food, and the Vet says that they are all in good health.

. (0)
Sunday February 23, 2014, 8:35 am
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