Your Dog Can Be Vegan!

Yes, A Healthy Dog Eating Veggies, Fruits & Rice

November 15, 2018

Turning your dog into a vegan may sound radical, but will he/she benefit nutritionally is the question?  Personally, I have found the answer to be YES. My furry baby, Demi, has been a vegan for almost a year and is healthy (according to the vet), sleeps well (ok, not a stretch there) and is quite active! In fact, her increased desire to play fetch with her named stuffed toys was apparent her first week on her yummy plant-based diet. 

A veterinarian, Dr. Lorelei Wakefield, who appears on Animal Planet and gives lectures about vegan dogs says, "Thanks to ten thousand years of evolution alongside humankind, dogs are now physiologically omnivores." 

According to a Dr. Wakefield blog, below are her top 10 healthy & safe choices for dogs:

Carrrots, Green Beans, Celery, Cucumbers, Apples, Bananas, Blueberries, Cantelop, & Mango.

Note --not all fruits, nuts and veggies are safe for dogs. Please AVOID following foods considered toxic: grapes, raisans, cherries, onions, garlics, alcohol, macadamia nuts, xylitol (sugar substitute). A longer list from the Human Society can be found by clicking here .

If you too are bothered by practices of the factory farming of animals, steroids and antibiotics often given to cows and pigs, please consider this idea. And go slow introducing plant foods by increasing a little each day for perhaps a couple weeks before going full fletched plant based for your dog to adapt.  

There are several vegetarian or vegan kibbles available.  In my personal journey as a pet parent, Demi has enjoyed a few below:

Halo, V-dog, and Wysong