The 2017 Animal Conference tackled one of the most taboo topics in the animal world—a vegan dog diet. Some owners push for this practice either to address the health concerns of their pets or out of ethical concerns (avoiding animal abuse and factory farming for food production).
But whatever their reasons are, other people are still unaware and undecided whether they should go for the same diet. With this in mind, here are the best pros and cons of going Vegan for your dog.
- Addresses Allergies
If your dog is suffering from allergies, then a Vegan diet might be the best recourse. The number one cause of this condition for dogs is fleas, and behind this are food allergies. This condition is often associated with food such as chicken, beef, or lamb. If your dog strays away from this, then there is a significant possibility that it will relieve the discomfort they feel from this. Once you have solved the food allergies, it is most likely that your dog will also improve its coat quality.
- Solves Other Health Problems
Having a meat diet for your dog only leads to kidney stones and liver diseases. If you do not control the amount and kind of food they consume, they will suffer more and more from these conditions. Shifting to a Vegan diet will help relieve your dog with these, and will keep the liver and kidney stones disease controlled.
It will negate the effects of urogenital ailments, diabetes, offensive smells, obesity, and food intolerance. It will lead to a more healthy pet for you.
- Provides Fresh Ingredients
Dog food that is available in the market has been the go-to meal in the commercial world. It has been the norm for both owners or pets. Keep in mind, however, that these offerings are not the healthiest food for the dog since they contain high levels of preservatives, fillers, and byproducts, and the ingredients are also not fresh. This type of food might only lead to further health complications for your dog.
Changing your dog’s diet towards a Vegan one will let your dog experience fresh ingredients. Not only will it be more delicious for them, but it will also lead to a much healthier lifestyle.
- It Is Time Consuming
It’s not a surprise that for everyone that taking care of a dog is challenging and a huge responsibility. However, going for a Vegan diet will only be difficult and time consuming for you.
For one, you have to bring your dog to the vet continually. Your primary goal for those visits is to monitor whether your pet is not experiencing any side effects from his changed diet.
Another drawback is the time you spend preparing your food. When dealing with commercial feeds, all you have to do is open the packaging, get your dog’s bowl, and pour the contents there. With a Vegan diet, however, you have to ensure that what you’re preparing is as complete as possible and to achieve this, you will have to spend more time preparing for your dog’s diet.
- It Is More Expensive
Since there is a low demand for Vegan dog food, you won’t usually find it in stores. You will have to shell out some resources so that you can explore and buy from other shops. At the same time, you won’t be able to encounter this type of food going on sale or offered at a bargaining price—definitely a bummer.
As seen above, there are both pros and cons for transitioning to a Vegan diet. The best way to go about this is to weigh what’s best for both you and your dog.