Maybe you have been feeding your dog on a plant-based diet for a while and kept it from your vet or maybe you have just started feeding a plant-based diet and when the question has come up in a consultation, you are just SO worried about what your vet will think. There is a very easy way to get your vet on your side straight away when you switch your dog to a vegan diet:
Tell them everything you have learnt about the kinder, sustainable way to feed your dog and never use the word vegan – rather use the explanation of changing to a plant-based dog food diet. (Sadly using the word ‘vegan’ will immediately alienate your vet as the word carries negative associations – much better to go with 100% plant-based!).
Explain that you have been very concerned about the carbon footprint of your pet whilst on a meat diet (knowing that one small dog eating normal dog food has a greater carbon footprint over a year than a 4×4 car). This will immediately get your vet on your side to be fully supportive as they too have considered this dilemma and will most likely be extremely interested in how you have been able to get the balance just right.
Then go on to explain that you have been able to balance the diet – either commercial with balanced diets bought locally in sustainable packaging, or you are making their food with superior ingredients such as ground almonds, cooked lentils, sweet potato and very sustainable and Omega 3 rich Algae oil. If they then are really interested, explain further that the diets are kept balanced with carefully sourced supplements of Calcium, Vit D and B12 from Germany developed by a veterinary nutritionist and balanced for your pet.
You can also gently mention that you realise that this diet also contains non of the top allergens in dogs and is an ideal hypoallergenic diet and very tasty and your vet will question you no further and possibly even ask for further details!
The maned wolf really blows the theory of our pet dogs needing meat in their diet completely out the water
There is evidence to prove that a plant-based diet that is properly balanced whether dry or homemade is kinder for your dog
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We have Bramble the dog who wanted to live forever as proof that vegan diets help our pets live longer healthier lives
An online survey in 2019 revealed that around one in three owners may be willing to consider switching to a vegan diet for their pet in the future
This is one of our biggest concerns as pet owners that we are not getting the balance just right for the health of our pet
When we choose to change our dogs onto a vegan diet, worrying about what other people think is a huge concern to us
Just try it – you may be amazed as a vegan dog food diet can be made to be fully hypoallergenic as well as…..
Making homemade vegan dog food or Umameo treats offers the perfect opportunity to make a difference in your community
You are being a compassionate owner by feeding your dog a plant-based diet
My dog only likes to eat meat and chicken, how do I know that she will like a vegan diet?
If you calculate the amount you currently spend on dog food and treats for your pet, we can assure you that you can afford it