Dogs are not just ordinary animals for us. We treat them as friends and family members. And because of that, we want to make sure that we give them the best because that’s what they deserve.
Just like humans, our canine buddies need to be given a well-balanced diet to keep their bodies healthy. It might sound surprising, but like us, their health condition can be improved significantly once certain foods are eliminated and when they switch to a vegan diet.
While dogs are known to be meat-lovers, their nutritional requirements can actually be sustained when you give them the right plant-based diet. The most important thing is that it is nutritionally adequate for their particular age or stage in life.
There are plenty of vegan alternatives that can replace chicken or meat as a source of protein and other minerals, and it is possible to give your dogs the nutritionally balanced food that they need from fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes.
If you want to transition your dog to a vegan diet, the best way to do so is by shredding fruits and vegetables so that they are finely chopped or pureed; or you can have them steamed. Green leafy vegetables are excellent for their diet including kale, spinach, mustard greens, Swiss chard and a lot more.
There are also other vegetables rich in nutrients that should be added more often to their diet such as sweet potatoes, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, beans, and yams. Some fruits are also good like watermelon and apples because they are rich in fiber. This is even helpful if you are trying to do weight management with your dog.
If they have arthritis or suffering from other inflammatory conditions, minimize giving them tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers because they will only worsen the disorder.
There are also vegan commercial foods available in markets, but if you decide to give them to your dogs, make sure that it has gone through the Association of American Feed Control Officials feeding trials. Avoid buying food with added dyes and other chemicals, and look for the ones that are naturally preserved.
The food change may cause diarrhea to your dog, and if this happens, you can add pureed pumpkin to their diet and closely monitor them. You can also try other food combinations if their condition does not get better or seek advice from a vet for the right food blends.
When given the right food, our canine companion will have increased vitality and overall better health. They are also less likely to suffer from serious conditions like cancer and diabetes; they will have controlled weight, a shiny looking coat and they will be less prone to infections and other ailments.
Author bio: Nicole Gutierrez is a tree-hugging, kale-munching, dog-lover from Vancouver, BC. Her hobbies include petting dogs, curating dog memes, and discovering vegan food.
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