Top 10 Reasons Dog Parents Choose Vegan Dog Food
Not all people adopt a vegan lifestyle for the same reasons, and not all dog parents transition their canine companions to a plant-based diet for the same reasons either. Here are the top ten reasons people introduce vegan dog food to their four-legged friends!
A vegan diet can work wonders for a dog’s health. Dogs are omnivores (not obligate carnivores), and they can thrive on a vegan diet just like humans can. Unlike wolves, dogs produce abundant amylase, an enzyme used to digest starch in the small intestine, and as a result, dogs can easily break down fruits and veggies for energy and nutrients. So feed your fur babies some bananas for potassium. Or give them some blueberries high in antioxidants to prevent cell damage. Swap out the bone for a stalk of broccoli that’s high in fiber and vitamin C, and watch your dog reach new energy levels and thrive.
Food allergies are tough for dogs (and heartbreaking for us), and many dogs suffer from itchy skin, hot spots, infection, diarrhea, and vomiting, all because of the food we’ve chosen for them. Common allergens include beef, chicken, lamb, fish, rabbit, lamb, wheat, corn, and soy, and as you can see, animal products are at the top of the list. After all, dogs didn’t evolve to hunt cows and fish. Vegan diets tend to be hypoallergenic, allowing dogs with serious food allergies to finally stop scratching and licking.
Do you know what’s in your dog’s food? To keep costs low, most kibble on the market today actually comes from diseased, disabled, dying, or dead animals (known as 4-D). Not to mention the fact that meat in the United States is often contaminated with feces, blood, and other bodily fluids, which can grossly affect the health and happiness of your dog. The FDA states, “This meat may present a potential health hazard to the animals that consume it and to the people who handle it.”
One in three dogs in the United States is overweight or obese, and more than a dozen serious diseases have been linked to pets with excess weight. Most vets will tell you that exercise and a healthy diet (and the frequency of feeding) are the keys to managing your dog’s weight, and switching your four-legged friend to a plant-based diet can make all the difference in managing their weight. Plenty of nutritious fruits and veggies make for delicious, low-calorie treats too.
We can easily prevent animal suffering by avoiding meat, eggs, and dairy products, and the same goes for our companion animals. Billions of pigs, cows, chickens, and other animals are slaughtered and exploited every year, but we can choose not to contribute to the industries that abuse the rights of animals to make a profit. By purchasing cruelty-free dog food, we’re protecting countless animals who can’t defend or speak up for themselves.
Animal agriculture is not sustainable—not for humans and not for dogs. Human populations are growing, and meat production can’t possibly keep pace. According to the UN, 26% of the earth’s terrestrial surface is used for livestock grazing, and on top of that one-third of the planet’s arable land is occupied by livestock feed crops. Switching our dogs to plant-based supports a much more sustainable food system.
It requires almost 2,500 gallons of water to produce one pound of meat, but only 25 gallons of water to produce one pound of grain. Feeding your dog a vegan diet conserves an incredible amount of water and other valuable resources.
#8 World hunger
Consuming animal products hurts everyone, including humans. If the land used to grow feed for livestock was instead devoted to growing crops directly for us and our pets, there’d be much more food available to feed the hungry. Your dog’s diet can make a difference in the world just like yours can.
Meat production is unbelievably damaging to our environment. Waste ponds rupture and flood, contaminating local water supplies. Methane gas pollutes the air and contributes to climate change. To make space for more livestock, land is cleared of the trees that would otherwise filter carbon out of the atmosphere, displacing ecosystems. The meat and dairy industries are by far the biggest contributors to climate change, and adopting a vegan diet for you and your dog is the most meaningful way you can serve and protect the environment.
No one can deny the bond you and your furry companion share, and now you can share veganism too by living a cruelty-free lifestyle together. With your plate and their dish full of nutritious plant-based foods, you can curl up under the covers and binge-watch Netflix knowing that you’re doing what’s best for the planet, your health, and the animals. That’s the dream.
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