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Successfully Switched to Vegetarian Dog Food Diet

by Elizabeth Davies
(Wales, UK)

Being vegan myself, I had more and more moral issues with feeding my dog what the slaughterhouses sweep off the floor and finally decided to start feeding her vegan dog food.

I first got V-Dog flakes because it looked delicious in the picture. She adored her first meal but then became a bit picky. I ended up having to always mix in couscous, pasta or rice to get her to eat it. She also went through a phase of needing to poo in the middle of the night, as she didn't tend to eat till late in the day, and emptying the bin regularly and eating paper tissues, which she used to only do very rarely - ex street dog, used to going through bins :o)

After the first sack, I decided to get something with less flakes as that had seemed to be part of her issue so she now gets V-Dog Flakes + Benevo. Benevo smells fishy and she absolutely loves it.

Since adding the Benevo, she has been perfectly happy, eats really well and has never again gone through the bin or needed to go out at night. We will probably get only Benevo in future as that seems to be best for her.

She looks perfectly healthy, her fur is shiny and her energy levels are very high, so I don't doubt that it must be good for her health and well-being.

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weather conditions, flexible mind and diet. variety is key. NEW
by: Anonymous

Dogs are omnivorous, not carnivorous and so am I and every human by birth.
First every dog lover/owner should know what not to feed a dog. Then I can worry about debating between meat of Vegs. Until then dogs need both, sometimes they might not need either. Depending if the dog, breed, location, activity level and most importantly the intellect of the human. One may be book smart with multiple collage degrees, but might not qualify fair understanding a dog. Not that I'm saying smart ppl r dumb. Then I'd be coining myself as one as well. Be open to everything and trying out everything and observing what works best for your dog is important. Not what's important for you. Pls give your dog meat once in 2-3 weeks at least so they don't lose touch of canine reality. Especially if you claim your dog is a rescue or ex stray. Don't change him her. U adjust. It's like u get married and your partner expects you to change everything about you to suit his/her need. I'd cuss at you if was your dog. But Still eat and be happy cos that how dogs are. They will always find happiness in the small things in life we overlook.
I share my living space with 17 dogs, 16 labs and 1 bulldog. And feed and treat more number of animals and birds in the wild than my mind can keep a count of on a daily basis. Since I live in a desert where temp gets to 50-55 Celsius everyday, and the pack needs there training sessions at least once a day under the sun to get conditioned to the weather so they can further progress in the academy. We train labs in narcotic, bombs, and other sniffer training sessions.
My bulldog is the pa k leader, I trained him only for the purpose of training other dogs.
Anyway, vegan food.. In summers I prefer giving the Omnivours dogs veg protein rather than meat cause I noticed the pups and adults on meat were more hyper during training sessions for short bursts (7_10mins) and needed a 30-40 min break after to get back to being somewhat active. We particular have had this issue with puppies a year or less. Since we swapped to dehydrated vegs nd herbs with fresh full fat yogurt these biggest seem to have a lot of life in them again. In winters we transition to Raw meats, but it kinda surprised me how they still enjoy their vegs over the meat as they have grown.
We raise our poultry fish n meat with organic greens and other feed. Once I left my pack to go hunt for their own live poultry if their choice, all of them came back with multiple pecks on their head. My pet bulldog go and gets his catch everyday. He is 11yrs now he's gotten slow so we use a bb gun to slow the hen down so he. An grab her. U can call this inhumane. I live in a country where they will hack you with once blow to the back of your head for something as trivial as stealing a slice of bread. Where animals are murdered and tortured for fun and cultural superstitions.
I save a ton of animals lives. That's my job as a human. I'd rather shoot a hen with a bb to slow him down so my dog can eat him as intended. Rather than me catch that chicken, sharpen my knife. Slice her neck, and disjoint her.
I have ADD and takes me a long time to form sentences while writing and a longer time explaining things. I apologise for the unwanted information in this post.

Tip.. if you see a service dog wearing a yellow collar or harness keep away, do not touch him or attempt to Molly coddle him. Consequences may be dire.

But Dogs are carnivores
by: Gina

Dogs are scavenging carnivores. In general terms this means they are primarily meat-eaters, but can survive on plant material alone if necessary. The key word here is 'survive.' To survive is not to thrive. To thrive is grow vigorously ... to flourish. To survive means simply to stay alive.

Look into your dog's mouth.

Note the size and shape of his teeth. They're organized somewhat like scissors so he can quickly tear through the hide, meat and bone of prey animals. Those teeth are designed to rip, shred and shear animal meat. His molars are pointed, not flat.
Dogs have no flat molars because nature didn't intend for them to eat plants.
Your dog also has powerful jaw and neck muscles that aid in pulling down and consuming prey. The jaws open widely to accommodate large hunks of meat and bone.
Plant matter and veggies need more time to break down in the GI tract, which requires a different, more complex digestive design than your dog's body possesses. That's why whole vegetables tend to come out of your pet looking very much like they did going in.
Your dog's body also doesn't make the necessary enzymes in her saliva to begin to break down carbs and starches. Herbivores and omnivores make those enzymes, but not carnivores.
Because there are no salivary enzymes available to handle carbs and starches, it falls to the pancreas to produce enough enzymes to deal with the contents of plant matter. Over time, the extra strain on the pancreas can compromise its ability to function properly.
Dogs also don't produce the varieties of gut bacteria that break down cellulose and starch in plant matter. This means most of the nutrients in plants are useless in terms of nourishing your dog.
Dogs require 22 essential amino acids to handle all their metabolic and energy requirements, but their bodies are only able to produce 12 of the 22. The other 10 must come from the food they eat.

I'm a vegetarian. But I feed animal products to our dogs and cats because I have witnessed first-hand what it means to the well-being of our beloved pets to be nourished as nature intended.

If you can't tolerate the thought of feeding meat to a pet who is a carnivore, I strongly encourage you to acquire a different pet that will thrive on a plant-based diet instead.

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