Despite all of the debate on whether or not a vegan diet is good for dogs, it all comes down to one thing: a loving pet parent simply wants their dog to be healthy. This visual guide to the most important nutrients by vegandogfood101.com (shown below) helps illustrate the key information to look for when choosing your dog’s food.
- Digestive enzymes, such as protease, amylase, lipase or cellulase, should be included in the vegan dog food formula for an increased absorption of nutrients. They also improve your pet’s digestion and prevent issues such as abdominal discomfort and gas, bad breath and vomiting.
- Vegan dogs might be subject to urinary alkalinisation and other urinary diseases because of the naturally lower intake of protein in the diet. A simple addition of cranberries, vitamin C, and methionine in the diet can prevent such issues.
- Even though most dogs can synthesize adequate amounts of taurine and L-carnitine, they should be supplemented for vegan dogs. Research has shown that these two nutrients can prevent and even reverse many forms of heart disease.
- Vitamin B12 is pretty difficult to obtain through a fresh vegan diet, therefore it needs to be supplemented. B12 helps prevent neurological diseases and is crucially important to your dog’s health.
Not only can a vegan diet be beneficial for dogs who are allergic to animal-based protein, but it also brings a lot of benefits to the table. Studies have shown that the longer dogs have been vegan or vegetarian, the longer and the healthier lives they tend to have. Moreover, because of the larger quantities of carbohydrates and easily digestible food, dogs tend to have much more energy than on a meat-based diet. Dogs can not only survive on a vegan dog food, they can thrive on it! Just make sure they get all the necessary nutrients they need.