Vegan Dog Has Diarrhea
(Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
Dog in the middle
My vegan dog has diarrhea very regularly. Sometimes it's just 1 or 2 times a week, but at other times it can come at least once a day for about 5 days. Often she will have a solid poop in the morning and then diarrhea for the rest of the day. Very, very runny diarrhea.
I am curious if this is due to her vegan diet. I would like to keep her on a vegan diet because I've heard such good things about dogs on vegan diets and also such terrible things about dogs on meat diets.
However, if she's not responding well to it, I'm willing to put my ethical views aside. But I want to exhaust all options first before I take her off a vegan diet.
I don't know if she has an allergy, or if I am not providing her with something and should be supplementing.
My dog is a 1 year old rescue. She was guessed by the veterinarian to be a German Shephard/Rottweiller mix. She is 70 pounds.
I have been feeding her a vegan diet for about 8 months and have had her on the same food for about 4 months. That is the Royal Canin Medi-cal Vegetarian Food.
The company describes the food as: wheat gluten-free diet formulated with high quality vegetable proteins, including soy, potato protein and oats, which are not commonly associated with food allergies.
The exact ingredients are:
Oat Flour, Rice, Potato Protein, Vegetable Oil, Natural Flavour, Dried Beet Pulp, Tomato Pomace (Source of Lycopene), Calcium Carbonate, Flax Meal, Carrot Pomace, Calcium Sulphate, Monopotassium Phosphate, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Fructo-Oligosaccharides, Choline Chloride, Taurine, Vitamins (DL-Alpha-Tocopherol Source of Vitamin E
, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate Source of Vitamin C
, Biotin, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Acetate, Niacin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride Vitamin B6
, Thiamine Mononitrate Vitamin B1
, Riboflavin Vitamin B2
, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12 Supplement and Vitamin D3 Supplement), Trace Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Oxide, Ferrous Sulphate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Copper Sulphate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate and Sodium Selenite), L-Glutamine, L-Carnitine and Beta-Carotene. Naturally Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, Rosemary Extract and Citric Acid.
Dry: 305 kcal/cup
Do you have any idea why she is having such regular diarrhea?
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