The vegan lifestyle is overtaking the world, but should our pups become a part of it? There has been much controversy surrounding this topic and whether going vegan is safe or healthy for fur balls.
Allow me to put your burning questions to rest with some facts.
As with all debates, there are two sides to this story. Many holistic veterinarians state that there can be benefits to a vegan diet in fur balls. However, a large majority of vets state that this lifestyle has its consequences due to the fact that pups are biologically designed to consume more meat than plants, so forming a balanced vegan diet may be dangerous.
There is, however, a neutral answer. Board-certified veterinary nutritionist Cailin Heinze, V.M.D. states that vegan diets are possible in pups, if done with extreme caution.” There is a lot of room for error, and these diets probably are not as appropriate as diets that contain at least some animal protein,” she states.
The fact remains that vegan pup food and a full-fledged vegan diet can’t encompass all the necessary nutrients needed to maintain a pup’s health. As such, calcium and iron supplements may help in the process, and adding a lot of leafy greens to your pup’s diet can also make a difference. There are also vegan pet vitamins available to make up for nutrients they may miss.
So is a vegan diet possible for pups? Yes, but it’s tricky. Pups may be classified as carnivores, but modern fur balls aren’t obligate carnivores like their ancestors and have evolved into enjoying omnivorous diets, so they may adapt to a vegan diet. However, whether they can thrive and live happily and healthily on a vegan diet is still unknown.
Before you make any decisions about changing your pup’s diet, be sure to consult your vet first. Please like and share this information if you found it useful!