Although there does not appear to be any research done on this topic, owners of dogs on plant-based diets do report that their pets appear happier and calmer – maybe as they are not being fed on high fat meaty or sugary treats which like us plummet our sugar levels and leave us feeling anxious and lethargic. Anyone who has tried the Atkin’s diet knows that eating only one food group in excess (meat) leaves us craving carbohydrates to such a point that we feel extremely irritable – could this be happening to so many of our poor dogs on an unbalanced high meat diet?
A high fibre and high nutrient plant-based diet is satisfying so reduces these cravings as well as providing our brains and our pets’ brains with the mood enhancing healthy serotonin ingredient found in seeds, soya products, bananas, lentils and nuts. We advise the use of lentils in our recipes as these legumes are particularly high in the amino acid tryptophan that the body needs to produce the calming serotonin.
Many owners report a reduction in aggression between their dogs with some owners even going so far as to say that they possibly had to rehome one of their dogs prior to feeding a plant-based diet as their dogs were constantly fighting on a meat-based diet and this settled once they were both swapped to a plant-based diet.
Behaviour changes in dogs that are intensely itchy due to food intolerances on a high meat-protein diet also report a far better quality of life and reduction in stress with a reduction in constantly being itchy on a meat-based diet compared to a hypoallergenic plant-based diet as we recommend.
We do hope that as vegan diets in our pets become more popular, that more research is done in this very exciting area as it could hugely benefit all our working dogs out there if they had reduced cortisol levels. There is only one study that we found that was done comparing the cortisol levels of sea bass fed a plant-based vs a meat-based diet. Interestingly, the only conclusion they drew from this experiment is that the plant-fed sea bass showed lower plasma cortisol levels when artificially stressed, so maybe we are correct in feeding plant-based to our lucky dogs to keep them happy!
The maned wolf really blows the theory of our pet dogs needing meat in their diet completely out the water
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
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
The change will be for the better as plant-based food may mean that your dog poos more but it also means that…..
Meat contains dioxins, artificial hormones and TMAO dangerous to not only our pets but to us too
No dogs do not need eat to eat meat from another animal, they need protein and they can get an ever better protein source from plants