February 28, 2011

Vegan Pets? That is the Question...


So, by now I've introduced you to my 4-legged daughter Keeva. She's my 3 (almost 4) year old Yellow Lab who is seriously the light in my life. But I have a question to all my blog readers out there with pets. Do you feed them a vegan diet like you feed yourself?

I've struggled with this ever since I adopted Keeva a few years ago. I know that naturally and biologically she's an omnivore. Although I know there are some really great vegan dog food options (even a couple at my local pet food store), I feel like I'm cheating her from something if I don't feed her meat. Not that she get's a ton of variety of meat (she really only eats fish, since the dry food I give her is White Fish and Sweet Potato based), but it's still meat. Cats are a whole other conversation, because, to my knowledge, they're biologically carnivores. So, I've come to the conclusion that I am the one who decided to adopt a meat eating species, and it's my job to make sure she stays healthy. So I think I'll continue to buy her White Fish and Sweet Potato food (it's this brand by the way).

So what's your opinion? Vegan Dogs and Cats?

12 comments:

  1. I say to each his own. Although the last three dogs to hold the world record for oldest dog were all vegan dogs, and the current "worlds oldest dog" is also vegan, it does show some longevity. But I wouldn't ever think of judging a vegan for feeding their pets meat. I have rescued reptiles that HAVE to have meat to survive. It's hard for me, but I know that they need it. Do what you think is best for your pet.

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  2. I think if you think of food in terms of nutrition, like protein instead of meat it probably really doesn't matter. I have heard that cats are carnivores too but I have seen vegan cat food that is fortified with the essential things that cats need. I think it is just a personal choice.
    Vegan Machine

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  3. Dogs can do extremely well on a vegan diet. You don't even have to cook for them! There are some great vegan dog foods on the market. I feed my dog Avoderm because it's easily available at Petsmart and Petco. He also loves it! I supplement his diet with raw fruit and veggies.

    Some types of dogs that are prone to skin conditions do much better on a vegan diet. I learned this from my vet. He's fully supportive of feeding Darby a vegan diet. So is Darby.. :)

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  4. My dog is on a vegan diet and she is thriving! She is very high energy, and has a sensitive stomach, but the vegan dog food agrees with her on all levels, and makes me feel better because it is cruelty free. We use Technical Vegetarian.

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  5. http://www.peta.org/living/companion-animals/companion-animal-food-guide.aspx

    Here's a comprehensive list of companion animal foods!

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  6. Thanks for everybody's input so far! I've got a lot of research to do! Can anybody recommend a favorite vegan pet food? I've seen Natural Balance at my local pet food store. I've heard Dr. Harvey's is a really good food too.

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  7. Our dog eats Natural Balance and likes it. I usually mix it with organic canned pumpkin or a little soy yogurt, or baked tofu or other treat. He also gets a piece of Sam's Yams everynight, which he loves. He is a really finicky eater, so the only veggie he really gets is steamed broccoli--he turns his nose up a lot at other stuff.
    xo
    kittee

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  8. My question is what if your dog is older, does the vegan dog food specialize in age groups and size of the dog.... I know there are more nutrients in the Mature dog food then in my 2 year olds food..

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  9. From what I've seen, I haven't seen vegan dog food created for special age groups.

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  10. Somebody pointed me in the direction of this great discussion on the Post Punk Kitchen forum about Vegan Pets!

    http://forum.theppk.com/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=624

    I think I'm going to try Natural Balance Vegan Food and see how it goes. Wish me luck!

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  11. Switching our 4-legged children over to a vegan diet will be our next step after figuring out our own new vegan diet :)
    Not sure about the cats though...but our dogs love veggies.

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  12. I think it is doable too. Dogs need protein and I am trying to find non-meat protein alternatives like soya based foods. dog boarding cleveland

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