Can your pets be vegan?
Yes, they can!
But isn’t it going against nature?
Commercial meat-based pet foods comprise assorted body parts from cows, pigs, sheep, ducks, chickens and fish ~ animals that cats and dogs never naturally eat. They are also heavily laced with unnatural additives of questionable safety.
Will they still be healthy?
Cats, dogs and other species, have requirements for specific dietary nutrients, not ingredients. There is no scientific reason why a diet comprising plant, mineral and nature-identical ingredients cannot be formulated to meet all of the palatability, nutritional and bioavailability needs of the species for which they are intended. In fact, a growing number of commercial products are now available and studies demonstrate that animals maintained on nutritionally sound vegetarian and vegan diets can be perfectly healthy and active.
How will I get them to change?
Changes are best made gradually, e.g., by feeding a 90%/10% old/new dietary mixture for a few days, then 80%/20%, and so on. This allows an appropriate transition of digestive enzymes and intestinal micro-organisms, minimizing adverse reactions such as abdominal discomfort, flatulence and diarrhoea.
Are there any benefits in vegan diets?
Yes, plant-based diets have reportedly been associated with a range of benefits, such as improved coat condition, allergy control, weight control, increased overall health and vitality, arthritis regression, diabetes regression, cataract resolution, and decreased incidences of cancer, infections, hypothyroidism and ectoparasites (fleas, ticks, lice and mites).
Wouldn’t you want the best for your cherished animal friend?
Andrew Knight MANZCVS, DipECAWBM (AWSEL), DACAW, PhD, FRCVS, SFHEA
Veterinary Professor of Animal Welfare and Ethics
Read more from Andrew Knight here >>
BNC Veterinary Research Study
A study of 1,325 cat owners has just reported on the diets and health outcomes of 1,026 cats, including 187 vegans. Health outcomes of the vegan and meat-based cats were compared. There were no statistically significant differences in reported lifespan.
More owners of cats fed vegan diets reported their cat to be in very good health. Cats fed vegan diets were reported to have more ideal body condition scores (less obesity), and fewer gastrointestinal and hepatic (liver) disorders. No body system or disorder appeared to be more common, when feeding a vegan diet to cats.
The full study has just been published in BMC Veterinary Research – one of the world’s top veterinary journals:
Further advice and guidance is available at www.vegepets.info
Here are some links for NZ suppliers of vegan pet food.
Vegan Pet Food Co proudly source cruelty-free pet food for vegan pet owners.
100% cruelty-free pet care products and petfood, NZ distributor of Ami Pet Food – the Natural Choice, Benevo range, Harbingers of A New Age vegecat & vegedog supplements, natural eco-friendly pet products and care. 100% cruelty free brought to you with respect to all living things.
A good recipe book for vegan dogs is the Simple Little Vegan Dog Book