One major dilemma for vegetarians and vegans is feeding meat to our companion animals. Once we’ve decided not to support factory farming, can we justify feeding animal products to our companions? We have often made a moral exception for our companions based on the idea that dogs have to be meat eaters or that there are no other options for our canine friends. Many vegetarians and vegans are unaware that dogs can be healthy on a vegetarian/vegan diet.
Pet foods really are the worst of the worst, full of cancerous tissue and animal parts ‘not fit for human consumption.’ Please see the article on meat-based commercial pet food PETA Factsheet. Do we really want to feed this to our animals? We are their guardians and want to make sure they are healthy. After all, we do have some viable options for our animals that we can be comfortable with in our kitchen.
Currently, there are several brands to choose from and you may want to choose a brand that is certified by the Association of American Feed Control Officials. A basic goal of AAFCO is “to provide regulations, standards and enforcement policies to regulate the manufacture, distribution, and sale of animal feeds; resulting in safe, effective, and useful food”.
Vegetarian and vegan dogs is still a confusing and worrisome issue for some folks. However, anecdotal evidence (and very likely ethical research in the near future) has shown that dogs can be just as healthy (or even healthier in many cases) not consuming animals. For this reason, Vegan Action suggests that there really is no reason to not at least give it a try. We now have substantiated data and collective personal experiences that support a healthy, vegetarian diet for dogs. Since there are several AAFCO approved brands on the market to choose from, why not make the ethical decision to try a vegetarian diet for our companion dogs. It sure will feel great to not have to go buy that bag of lamb and rice dog food every month.
Before you switch your dog to a vegan diet, please do your research to make sure that the food you have chosen for your dog is a complete and balanced diet. When in doubt- don’t risk your dogs health- consult a veterinarian.
Please note: Vegan Action does not recommend that people switch felines to a vegan diet. From our experience, most cats exhibit a failure to thrive on the diet or may stop eating.
For more info: www.vegetariandogs.com
The following companies sell vegan dog food:
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