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Can Dogs get all the nutrition they need when eating a vegetarian or vegan diet
Why should I introduce my dog to a vegetarian or vegan diet?
How do I change over?

Can Dogs get all the nutrition they need when eating a vegetarian or vegan diet

A Vegetarian Dog Health Survey conducted by PETA (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals) found that 82% of dogs that were fed a vegan diet were in “good to excellent health”. A large number of testimonials show that the longer a dog remains on a vegan diet, the less likely she/he is to have infection problems. Please study the Dog Health Survey.

It is true that for dogs to thrive they need certain nutrients, but these can come from many different sources. Darren Middlesworth, co-owner of V-dog, explains: “Our company provides vegan dog food that has been formulated to ensure that dogs get everything they need in terms of proteins, vitamins and minerals. We work very closely with a veterinarian who has done research on how to safely implement a vegan diet for dogs, and we feel confident that dogs can obtain all the nutrients they need from the product.”

Please check the goods I stock in my vegan dog food shop. They are all entirely natural, good quality foods, formulated to keep your dog in the best of health, improving their shape, skin and muscular tone.
Alternatively, you can prepare a variety of cooked and raw foods for your dog yourself. Please check out some recipes on my blog. For large dogs such as Boxers, Dobermans, Cocker Spaniels, Golden Retrievers, Dalmations, and giant breeds, the amino acid supplements of Taurine and L-Carnitine is recommended. Please contact me if you would like further information.
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Why should I introduce my dog to a vegetarian or vegan diet?

Good and healthy nutrition is not at all dependent on a meat diet. Feeding your dog vegetarian or vegan food gives you the opportunity to care for your dog without harming any other animal or exploiting the environment.

Research has revealed that meat for dogs can be exposed to serious contamination through slaughterhouse waste, hormones and antibiotic residues as well as diseased meat. Despite never having had better veterinary care than today, there is an increasing rate of cancer, kidney failure and other diseases, especially arthritis amongst dogs. This may well be related to the bad quality of meat which is offered in attractive looking tins and bags to our beloved pets.

Ever since dogs were domesticated they have evolved in all areas of their lives, and the way we feed them should naturally follow their development. We adore attributes such as sensitivity, caring, lovability, loyalty and friendship in our dogs but a high animal protein diet can jeopardise this by increasing agitation, tenseness and even aggression.

Please take a moment to consider the world’s strongest and enduring animals such as: rhinos, elephants, giraffes, horses and many more. You will notice that they share a common bond – that of a vegan diet.
I think our dogs would like to be placed amongst these strong and enduring animals.
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How do I change over?

The changeover from a meat to a vegetarian or vegan diet can be done over a short period of just 2 – 3 weeks. Introduce a small amount of either raw or cooked vegetarian/vegan food or the ready-made veg crunchies or nuggets to the food your dog is eating at the moment. Keep slowly increasing the amount of vegan food and at the same time reduce the food he previously had. Observe your dog and make the transition accordingly. There are certain foods which your dog must never have such as chocolate, onions, grapes etc. Please check the special list given out by the Dogs Trust, the ASPCA and other animal welfare organisations. Soon you will establish a new way of feeding your dog and it will feel healthier and cleaner. You will also notice that, if time permits, you become more creative with their food, making it fun for you and your dog. Why not have a look at the Recipes page where I will be providing recipes for breakfasts, dinners and snacks. You might prefer to start replacing some meals with the vegetarian/vegan food if a complete change of diet sounds too drastic for you. Just take it a step at the time, note the improvements and make changes accordingly.
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Meet Our Veggie Dogs

Many thanks friends for the great photos