Yes, the answer is yes! I was raised in a vegetarian household and chose to become vegan four years ago. And my two rescue dogs Lady and Ricky joined me on this journey when I came across V-Dog. Leading up to this find, I honestly had no idea a vegan diet was an option for my four-legged companions. Then, it all clicked. I loved animals; I rescued animals; I refused to eat animals for my beliefs, health, and the environment; but how come I was feeding animals to my animals? It just did not make sense. I often get questioned about my vegan lifestyle, and of course those questions continue with my dogs. Luckily, I came across some fantastic research to support this decision and the rest is history. It takes time and effort to make changes, but every choice you make to live a better life for all animals, is a step in the right direction.
Here are some important informational links to consider:
2. Veterinarian Dr. Knight, “Vegetarian Canine Diets” (science/research)
3. CNN article: “Vegan Diet for Dogs: A Question of Thriving Versus Surviving”
4. University of California, Davis research study determines dogs are omnivores: “Genome study pinpoints changes that turned wolves into humanity’s best friend”
5. “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.”