Many dog owners who happen to be a vegan wonder if they can also place their dogs on a vegan diet. Dogs really love to eat meat and that is how they get their dose of protein. Well, the happy news is that yes, dogs can perfectly thrive on a vegan diet.
Now, of course, there are some things you need to consider. Dogs do need proteins, so if you are planning on putting your dog on a no-meat regime, you must make sure they get all the nutrients they need.
Although vegan diets have been topic of controversy, perhaps there is no denying that reducing or eliminating animal-based food from the human diet has its benefits. It reduces the risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and other issues.
It only makes dog owners wonder if a vegan diet is appropriate for their dogs. There has been an ongoing discussion about whether dogs are omnivores, carnivores, or something in between. Studies have suggested that their anatomy suggests omnivores.
Yes, dogs can get the proteins they need from a vegan diet. The only issue here probably is that you must ensure that your dog gets the proper amount of nutrients. Besides this, if a dog goes from a regular diet to a vegan one, they might experience the entire “where’s the beef” or “where’s my chicken” dilemma. But this can be solved by progressively adding more of the vegan food and slowly reducing meat.
There are risks associated with putting a dog on a vegan diet. It is important to note that even though a dog can thrive on such diet, it does not mean he should. Some of the risks include an improper protein intake, which would be less than 25 grams per 1000 calories recommended, and deficiency in vitamins and minerals.