It is common to hear of people following vegetarian diets for dogs as a way to protect their dogs from many types of diseases. But vegetarian dog diets still remain the topic of much debate, which is further exacerbated by lack of knowledge of the nutritional and health problems involved, such as among experienced dog owners and veterinarians. As a pet owner, you should be aware that your dog is part of your family and requires special care. You should also know that different breeds of dogs have different nutritional requirements. To help you with this, here is some information on the nutritional needs of different breeds.
Although there are some good things about vegetarian diets, like increased energy levels, better skin and coat condition, and healthier heart, there are some serious issues about vegan diets. There is a big difference between vegan diets and vegetarian diets. While both result in loss of calories and fats, the major difference is in the way the food is prepared and cooked. In a vegan diet, there is no meat, only vegetables.
The problem is that many people mistakenly believe that vegetables are better for their dog’s health than meat. They think that they are providing the same nutrition that their dog would get from eating a bagel and coffee each morning. The reality is that vegetables can actually be quite bad for dogs. Some common vegetables can even lead to health problems, including bloating and diarrhea.
The main problem with vegan dog foods is that most have not been properly prepared. While the meat may be good for their health, it is important to note that the bones and organs are often left out because the bones and organs are unneeded. This can be dangerous to your dog’s health, not to mention its incredibly unappetizing. Proper preparation of a vegan diet for your dog will ensure that he is getting the nutrients he needs, while at the same time keeping him satisfied and content.
There are two very good books on vegan diets for dogs. The Healthy Pet Kitchen by Lisa Wheeler and The Great Omnivore’s Dog by Tigard resident Lisa Olson. Both books provide comprehensive instructions for creating a healthy vegetarian diet for your dog. And the best part is that these books come in print, with plenty of pictures to help make the recipes even more appealing.
The best way to get started with vegan dog food is to consult a professional dog trainer or your vet. These people are experts in the dietetics of canines and can provide valuable insight into what you should and shouldn’t be feeding your dog. If you decide to go this route, remember to set aside a certain amount of time each day for your dog to partake in this new diet. It may take some time to transition your dog to his new vegetarian dog food. However, with time and love, your dog will reap the benefits of eating a more natural, healthy, plant-based diet.