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Thread: Dog Vegetarian Diet

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    Default Dog Vegetarian Diet

    I have heard someone saying they feed their dogs a strict vegetarian Diet.

    I am a whole if it works then go for it kinda person so have no real oppinion on it.

    What are you thoughts?
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    I adopted out a rescue to a woman who is vegan, as are her animals. I can assure you that Ceasar has never been in better health or cared for as well.

    In having said that, I think you must have a thorough knowledge of canine nutrition and even human nutrition to remain healthy on a vegan diet. Being a vegetarian is not as easy as people would like it to be.

    So, in answer to the question - I am on the fence with it. I have seen with my own eyes over several years, how much this type of diet has helped a former rescue Pug, but I do not believe that it is a diet to be entered into lightly.

    Raw feeders do enough damage, let alone people experimenting on dogs without knowledge.
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    Trying to make one species vegan while biologically IT IS NOT is in my opinion seflish and - cruel. Dogs are regarded as carnivores, although really they are omnivores. No dog would choose cabbage ahead of meat. I am not saying that dogs should eat meat only, but meat and animal products should be part of their diet as their organisms aren't designed to be vegan.

    In the end - I always say: put several different bowls of food infront of your dog - salad, grains, cereals and meat and see what it chooses.

    My dogs will eat veggies and fruit, they will eat palenta (which is corn), oat meal etc. but I don't think they would thrive just on such food, and believe me, when they get meat in combination with mentioned, or in any other form, you can see on their faces how satisfied they are.

    I personally have nothing against vegans or vegetarians, it's their choice and I respect it. But it's not dog's choice (or choice of any carnivorous animal either).

    I am against meat only diet as well, as dogs "in nature", so called free roaming, feral, wild... whatever dogs will never eat just meat and meat only.
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    If I put out a piece of kibble, steak, tofu, sardine, cheese, metwurst, bread, grass, carrot etc in front of my dog, all equidistant from her, she goes to any piece and starts munching her way around the circle. No preference at all.

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    Is there a "strongly disagree, keep your hippie ideals to yourself" option?

    I used to be a vegetarian, was for about 4 years. I never once forced my dogs to live the same lifestyle I did.
    If I put a plate of raw lamb down on the floor and a plate of carrots I know which one would be eaten first.

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    Dogs are carnivores with omnivore tendencies. Meat, offal and bone should make up the greater part of their diet. To feed a strictly vegetarian diet to a carnivore, be it dog or cat , is nothing short of being cruel.

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    Dogs are not, and never have been, carnivores. They are OMNIVORES period! You can't have 'tendencies' if you are an animal driven by instinct and not reasoning or logic Dogsavvy.
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    We are omnivores and can live perfectly healthy lives as vegetarians so can it not be the same for animals?
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    Dogs can't make intellectual decisions like humans can.
    We understand why we don't want to eat meat.
    A dog would be wondering why his instincts and cravings for meat were being suppressed.

    I'm vegetarian but my dog isn't.

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    I think a lot of dogs living on supermarket dog food are living on pretty close to vegan diets already.

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