I’m a Vegan, Can my Dog Be One?

I hope I didn’t confuse you. Let’s look at the difference between a vegan and a vegetarian. Note: This isn’t by far comprehensive as I’m aware there are a few sub-categories and ethical reasons under the term vegetarian. I only want to focus on the health and diet issue.

A vegetarian (ovo-lacto vegetarian) does not consume any animal products like meat, poultry, fish, and seafood however they do consume dairy products and eggs.

A vegan does not consume any animal products, by-products or dairy products. Some would go to the extent of omitting honey and yeast in their diet. But they might consider cbd for dogs

Dogs, like people, are considered omnivores. But dog’s digestive system is that of a food glutting carnivore. It has a large holding tank stomach with an intestinal tract no longer than three times the length of its torso. What this means is that the dog’s digestive system is designed for rapid expulsion of food stuff and their liver is capable to eliminate up to fifteen times more uric acid. On the other hand, our intestinal tract is twelve times the length of our torso which is designed to keep food in until all nutrients are extracted; plus our liver is only capable to eliminate a small amount of uric acid.

A healthy and natural diet for dogs must contain some essential amino acids which can only be found in animal protein. However when this is not made available, dogs convert vegetable fat and protein for their body needs.

Dogs can survive on a vegetarian diet but never a vegan diet. Having said it is not recommended for all dogs, not at least for puppies or extended use. A vegetarian diet is useful for recuperation where alkaline urine can help to correct a bladder problem (i.e. kidney disease) or for dieting (obese) dogs or dogs who have high tendency of weight gain. During the vegetarian diet period, you will notice that your dog has less body odor and the offensive odor of his feces is very much reduced.

Personal Note:

Up until this point, if you haven’t read my previous posts, I probably seem like an anti-vegetarian to you. I’m neither a vegetarian nor a carnivorous. I’m just an anti-red-meat gal. My diet mainly consists of fish and by-products (i.e. caviar), poultry, greens (lotsa), and dairy products. Do I have red meat in my fridge? Yes, but they are for my guests and my dogs. Do friends lure me into eating them? Some but failed. Do I deliberately pick out meat out of my Chinese soup in the restaurant? No, and if I consumed them so be it.

What I’m saying is that I may hold myself to ‘ridiculous’ food standard, but it’s not my nature to insist others to live as I please and certainly not when different body makeup of various species is concern.

So before you go full-fledged on vegetarian diet for your dog, do consult your vet. Also consider seriously before transferring your own beliefs onto your dog’s lifestyle who depends upon your care, well-being and quality of life.


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