Can dogs live on a vegan diet? Here’s What to Do Next

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Dogs prefer meat, but a vegan or vegetarian diet is possible with the right supplements.

For health and ethical reasons, many vegetarian and vegan humans choose to share their dietary preferences with their dogs.

In general, dogs are omnivorous. They eat meat, fish, and poultry, but also can derive nutrients from a wide variety of sources, including vegetables, grains, fruits, and legumes.

“We also know the health hazards associated with overconsumption of meat and dairy for people and it’s often the same ingredients,” he said, although in some countries pet food can contain meat deemed not fit for human consumption.

“The raw meat diet appeared to have marginally better health outcomes,” he said. “But those dogs were significantly younger, which gives them a health advantage. A substantial body of prior studies have also shown that raw meat diets are much more contaminated with pathogenic bacteria and parasites.”

Some of the dogs in the study were fed raw meat diets and these were marginally more healthy than the vegan dogs overall. However, this may have been because they were on average a year younger.

Peer-reviewed analysis of 2,500 pets finds vegan dogs visit the vet less often and require fewer medications

The diet and health of more than 2,500 dogs were followed over a year using surveys completed by their owners. These assessed seven general indicators of health, such as multiple visits to the vets, and 22 common illnesses.

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Can dogs live on a vegan diet?

Dogs can do so. I think there are one to two AAFCO-approved vegan dog diets on the market. However, my question is, why? Dogs are not vegans. I know that certainly some of us decide to adopt vegetarian and vegan lifestyles. Im one of them. But I try not to impose those sorts of restrictions or views on my dog because thats just not the way their biology is set up. Id encourage you to talk to your veterinarian if youre thinking about a vegan diet for your dog and really weigh the pros and cons in these situations. Contributed by

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