With more people turning to vegetarian and vegan lifestyles, it raises the question: can dogs stay healthy eating vegetarian or vegan diets, too?
Yes, a meat-free diet can be a great option for dogs (and humans) with serious allergies and reduces damage to the environment. The most important aspect of a meat-free diet is ensuring that your dog still consumes a sufficient level of protein. The food you choose must contain all the essential amino acids and supplemental ingredients that provide complete and balanced pet nutrition.
Dogs do not necessarily need meat to live a healthy, long life; but they do need certain amino acids, fats, vitamins and minerals—all of which can be found in a complete, balanced plant-based diet such as ‘Gather Endless Valley‘ by Petcurean. It contains certified organic, non-GMO, vegan, protein-rich quinoa and lentils, plus other healthy ingredients like oats and blueberries to create a completely balanced and nutritious meal.
In addition to plant-based pet food options, plant-based supplements and treats are becoming more common within the pet industry. One of our favourite supplements is Flora4 by Carna4, which is a whole food supplement and digestive aid, made with raw, organic sprouted seeds. Vegetarian and vegan treats are popular with our customers and there are several aremade in Canada options.
If you’re curious about whether a plant-based diet might be right for your dog, visit us in-store to find out more. We’ll help your dog get exactly the right mix for a long and healthy life.