With the whole people world being in a craze about diets from paleo to low carb to no carb, it begs the question: What about dogs? Can a dog become, say, a vegan and still thrive? Apparently the people over at Hill’s tackled this same question here. And so you don’t have to click on that link and then read everything, we’ll give you the highlights.
The short answer is that yes, technically speaking, dogs can survive and even do well on a vegan or vegetarian regimen, says Cummings Veterinary Medical Center at Tufts University. While it’s commonly believed that dogs are carnivores like their wolf ancestors, meaning that they must eat meat to survive, this is incorrect.
Dogs are actually omnivores. Canine digestive systems are quite capable of digesting and deriving nutrients from fruits and vegetables. Because of this, and the fact that some dogs are allergic to animal proteins, sometimes veterinarians and licensed pet nutritionists will prescribe specially designed meat-free diets to treat dogs with allergies and other types of health problems.
That’s pretty much the meat (get it?) of what they discovered. So, if you’re a Vegan and want your fur baby to eat like you do, go for it. And if you’re going out of town, let us handle the dog boarding. We’ll be sure to follow whatever lifestyle diet your dog is on.