Still exploring ways of switching my dogs to a complete vegetarian diet
by Jaimini Bharakhada
I've been looking into a veggie diet for my furbabies too & came across this site today. Thank you to everyone for sharing your stories & recipe ideas, too.
I have been a vegetarian myself for 26 years now, but I only recently started to become aware of the meat industry & the horrors associated with it (!) and I started thinking..... if it ain't good for humans - how can it be good for my furbabies!
Twenty-one years ago when I got my first furbaby he was stared on a vegetarian diet of home made food, consisting of a lot of Cassava for the first 6 months until the vet told me off & said I'd be doing him harm & that he needed to have meat in his diet!
Horrified, I immediately swapped him onto a meat diet! Now I wish I hadn't, but he lived up to the age of 16 years and the health problems he had were a little arthritis and a severe heart murmur towards the end.
I have 3 furbabies at the moment - my oldest is 17 years old and suffers severe arthritis in her front legs, and two little chihuahuas - one 3yrs old & the other 2yrs old - with a very sensitive tummy - for which she receives probiotics daily, both the little ones are very fussy eaters!
I am Indian-Asian, so I have a great variety of fab veg dishes to choose from and have noticed they do seem to like a lot of the mixed vegetable rice dishes I make. They also love the chappaties (LOL)! Mind you I don't think I've ever met a dog who doesn't like them!
They like shredded raw cabbage & carrots too. Oh, and I recently discovered they seem to like chickpeas as well!
I would like to swap them to a full vegetarian dog food diet, but I'm worried I won't be giving them all the protein, vitaminss & minerals they need daily - so any advice on this would be much appreciated.
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