My Dog is Vegan

  1. I love your approach. I think a lot of people give vegans a hard time and try to see how far to push them, calling them out every time they "break a rule," etc. I think it’s great to be mindful and intentional when you can and not letting that stop you from living your life. -Audrey | http://brunchataudreys.com

  2. Sophie says:

    Thank you for sharing. This is such an important topic to talk about. It’s one of the many gray areas in veganism; it’s difficult to know what the best choice is especially when there are a lot of conflicting voices. Ultimately it’s down to us to do the best thing with the knowledge we have and you’ve done just that.

  3. Butterball says:

    While your post is absorbent in positive information, it seems that you have not pointed out any problems that could arise when placing a dog on a vegan or vegetarian diet. Which leads me to believe that this post is a biased opinion, also not having any medical or scientific findings attached to this, which come from those who do not have a strong opinion which pleads or bends further to one side or the other.

    Issues that might arise.

    The protein intake of which levels vary depending on the dog’s age and activity level; in general an adult dogs diet should be at least 15 to 30 % protein.

    An amino acid imbalance could lead to heart problems and other illnesses. Vitamin and mineral deficiency of which dogs require B vitamins, calcium, phosphorus and iron which are all more commonly and effectively found in meat.

    Protein levels can be reached with plant-based diets, so long as your dog is able to digest high-protein meat alternatives like legumes and beans "flatulence". However, the amino acids provide more of a challenge.

    Commercially-available vegan dog food can make up for what is missing, but if you make vegan dog food at home you’ll have to include supplements. I am not saying stop, I am also not against what you’re doing, however, it’s not as simple as this post makes it out to be.

    While you’re somewhat right in saying that dogs do not need to be carnivorous "ongoing discussions about this topic", a vegan or vegetarian diet needs to be done very, very carefully. There is a lot of room for error, and these diets probably are not as appropriate as diets that contain at least some animal protein.

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