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Vegan diet for dogs: A question of thriving vs. surviving

It began when Shelley Boyle's veterinarian recommended she stop feeding meat and dairy to her beloved mutt, Cleo, to determine whether a food allergy was to blame for the dog's chronic ear infection. Boyle's interest was immediately piqued. She had been a vegan for nearly two years, after deciding to cut meat, eggs and dairy [...]

Vegetarian versus Meat-Based Diets for Companion Animals

Companion animal owners are increasingly concerned about the links between degenerative health conditions, farm animal welfare problems, environmental degradation, fertilizers and herbicides, climate change, and causative factors; such as animal farming and the consumption of animal products. Accordingly, many owners are increasingly interested in vegetarian diets for themselves and their companion animals. However, are vegetarian [...]

New Research Suggests Dogs Can Thrive on a Plant-Based Diet

Feeding dogs a plant-based diet isn’t a new idea. After all, if major dog food brands a la Natural Balance are offering vegan formulas, clearly there’s something to be said for canines skipping out on meat, eggs, and dairy. Research, however, hasn’t caught up to what many dog owners already know … until now. Dogg Canine Nutrition Company, [...]

Healthy animal companions. Vegan or carnivorous diet for dogs.

FOR PROFESSIONALS Healthy animal companions. Vegan or carnivorous diet for dogs.   Introduction Dogs can be classified biologically as omnivores because of their ability to subsist on a diet of animal and/or vegetable origin. In their natural environment, wild dogs consume plants and obtain plant material primarily from the intestines of their prey. There is [...]

Vegetarian Cats and Dogs

If you have been feeding your companion animals commercial pet foods, you may be jeopardizing their health. Supermarket pet foods are often composed of ground-up parts of animals deemed by U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors unfit for human consumption. The flesh of animals who fall into one of the categories of the four D’s—dead, dying, [...]

Vegan Diets for Dogs and Cats

Vegan Diets for Dogs and Cats: Risks and Benefits presented by Armaiti May, DVM at Northwest VEG's Portland VegFest

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