Dogs Should Not Be Fed a Vegan or Vegetarian Diet
Dogs should not be forced to eat a vegan or vegetarian diet. Technically, dogs can survive on such diets but it may increase certain health risks if they no longer had access to meat. The only instance when you should be feeding your dog a vegan or vegetarian diet would be from the recommendation of a certified veterinarian.
One reason why it’s risky to feed a dog a vegan diet is due to not being able to meet certain nutritional needs. A vegan regimen, for example, could be great for getting a mix of vitamins and minerals but the fruits and vegetables would lack the fat and protein dogs also require as part of their daily dietary intake.
Meat-derived protein includes collagen, elastin, and keratin – all of which play an important role in the dog’s body. Many of these proteins are difficult to get from plant-based proteins. In addition to the lack of protein, a vegan diet may also introduce other health problems such as an imbalance in amino acids.
If it’s personal ethics that’s driving you to the decision of putting your dog on a vegan diet then we would ask for you to reconsider and at least get some consultation from the vet before you proceed further. As suggested earlier, there could be valid reasons for putting dogs on a vegan diet, such as when dogs have allergy to certain types of meat. These are, however, very specific reasons and don’t really apply to a healthy dog.