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    Ah, I don't really think the diet itself was the cause - there's a thread in the health and nutrition forum talking about abe's problems. We think he's one of those unfortunate dogs with a sensitive gut, and will tend to upsets from time to time (we think). But I think the chicken mince I had him on was too fatty. I'm thinking of trying again with leaner meat, gotta get him settled first. Don't know much about BARF sorry, was into info overload by the time I got to reading about that so didn't really. I think similar, yes, but there will be others here who will know more

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    I was about to disagree on the omnivore label, but decided to consult google first. Wikipedia isn't exactly the most reliable source but this looks pretty straightforward and they provide plenty of references:
    "Despite their descent from wolves and classification as Carnivora, dogs are variously described in scholarly and other writings as carnivores[150][151] or omnivores.[3][152][153][154] Unlike obligate carnivores, such as the cat family with its shorter small intestine, dogs can adapt to a wide-ranging diet, and are not dependent on meat-specific protein nor a very high level of protein in order to fulfill their basic dietary requirements. Dogs will healthily digest a variety of foods, including vegetables and grains, and can consume a large proportion of these in their diet.[3] Compared to their wolf ancestors, dogs have adaptations in genes involved in starch digestion that contribute to an increased ability to thrive on a starch-rich diet.[155]"

    So there you go, dogs can do fine on a vegan diet indeed. It may be harder to find info on how to ensure they get a balanced diet that way, but not impossible at all.

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    Oh and VAN is Vet's All Natural. You can get a mix that contains all vitamins and minerals, etc. You just mix with water and add meat. I find it very convenient.

    My pets get mainly roo mince. But that's mainly because I thought my cat was allergic to beef. I only occasionally feed them the chicken pet mince because it is usually extremely fatty indeed.

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    Have a look at this link:

    Dr Bruces Vets All Natural - Natural Pet Products, Healthy Pets - Home

    may answer a lot of questions.

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    Wow Riley you come up with some great links! will have to do some reading later when I have the time

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    I dont think that dogs were meant to be vegans. I dont understand the smelly dog thing. My dogs have a low smell factor and are on good quality kibble some fresh lean meat and bones and some fruit and vegies. They are lean, fit, glossy and healthy hard working sheepdogs. I am a vegetarian myself but no way do I think that my working dogs are suited to a vegan diet.

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    I think it is possible to feed a dog a vegan diet but it's not easy to get it right.

    My favourite trainer is vegan, she's into dog health and nutrition and structure and fitness in a big way including - university qualifications in animal behaviour which she applies mostly to dog training.

    She feeds her dogs meat. She does not expect them to be healthy canine athletes and vegan.

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    I have 5 dogs on a raw diet and none of them smell. Smell is due to a bad diet, and an inability to digest. You need to find a protein source good for your dog and supplement with probiotics. Heavy red meats are not processed well by some dogs and hence you can get smelly poo, high wheat/grain diets can cause skin irritations and bacterial blooms which also cause that dog smell.

    I don't agree with a vegan diet for a dog. If you want that type of animal get a goat or a rabbit.

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    If you want a vegan pet, get a goat? Or get a goat and feed it to the dog?

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    Why force your (IMO stupid ) human beliefs on a dog ???

    The 2 vegans i know are flipping crazy... eating ruddy Tofu and wash thier hair with thier own urine...yes i said thier own wee LOL. Dont drink beer because apparently it has fish oil in it and only drink gin....(dont ask me why gin is ok, i'd already stopped listening to thier crap after i heard the no beer thing !!) Worst BBQ i've ever been to !! Tofu kebabs anyone ??

    But even they feed thier dog meat !!!


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