The Cons and Pros of a Vegetarian Diet for Dogs:
The good news for those who really want to put their dog on vegetarian or vegan die? It can be done. And if your dog suffers from allergies, it might be the answer to some of his suffering, too.
Behind fleas, the most leading reason for skin allergies in dog is actually food allergies— oftentimes to a meat protein such as beef, chicken, or lamb. A vegan diet in which the meat or chicken is eliminated could clear up those problems such as kidney stones and liver disease—stat. It also lower the carbon foot—paw print left behind. As long as you’re very carefully monitoring the nutrients your furry friend is taking in. With the proper consultation with their vet, and everything is taken into consideration by keeping the diet is balanced, a vegetarian or vegan diet lifestyle is a possible option.
Pitfalls of a vegetarian or vegan diet:
A vegetarian or vegan diet has its downfalls—- and can even be dangerous.
Before you can switch up your dog’s eating habits, consult with a veterinary nutritionist who can speak to a specialized diet, and make sure your dog visits your general vet more frequently to keep any potential problems at bay.
It may seem harmless to share a dietary lifestyle with your dog (we are also both omnivores, after all), but the reality is that humans and dogs are very different creatures with very different needs, and if they aren’t met, the consequences can be damaging –or even more deadly.
Additionally, if you plan to breed your dog, a vegan or vegetarian diet is a no go—so plan ahead. If you do decide an alternative diet is the choice for your pooch, make sure you’re purchasing food with nutritional levels blessed by the Feed Control officials. And, of course, a well-intentioned vegetarian or vegan diet gets you nowhere if your dog won’t eat it and winds up suffering from a lack of essential nutrients—the key, again, is close monitoring and regular check-ups.
The Bottom Line:
A vegetarian or vegan diet is possible, but it requires a lot more effort on your part to ensure your dog is eating a healthy, balanced diet that leads to a healthy, balanced life. The choice isn’t one too taken lightly, and should come with solid understanding and reasoning behind it—but ultimately, it’s an option you can consider alongside your vet.