Vegetarian dogs?

There are about 10million vegans or vegetarians in United States. Along side, the vegan food market is rapidly growing too. There are numerous benefits on being vegan/vegetarians. It detoxifies the body and lowers the risk of heart diseases too. Vegetables are easily digested than those meat products. The fibers and veggies contain antioxidants that will fight for cancers and other diseases also.

Here is the vegetarian recipe that will interest you.
"Add together 3,160 g of cooked chickpeas, 83 g of tofu, 27 g of textured vegetable proteins, 30 g of baking soda, 21 g of oil and a dash of salt with 25 g Vegedog"
This will provide three day meal for a dog.

Among the vegetarians, there were opinions that buying meat-based food for their dogs have disgusted them. Advocates of vegetarian food claims since dogs are omnivores like humans, it would make them healthier and live longer. It is somehow reasonable approach in that way.


However the other experts think differently. Blondine Monnard, president of the Dog Friends Society in Geneva, said "When you adopt an animal, you also adopt its nature. In that case, dogs are meat eaters. Putting them on a vegetarian diet is as absurd as feeding cows with bonemeal." For humans, we can choose what to eat and not. We also can sense if the diet fits to our body or not better than those dogs may do. So, I got to wonder if this is an actually healthy for dogs.

Shelley Boyle began to feed her dog with pinto beans, brown rice and sweet potatoes each week according to the doctor's recommendation. After five month, her dog had no more ear infection, bad breath, dandruff or excessive shedding.  This was amazing result and some have concluded that dogs can actually follow the similar way with humans.


I think that while dogs are natural omnivores, they shouldn't have to subsist on vegetarian meals as they aren't given a choice. According to an article from, there are many dangers of becoming vegetarian including not consuming enough protein, iron, or omega-3 fatty acids. If someone does choose to go against a dog's nature (I highly doubt any dogs in nature would choose to eat beans over meat), they need to be extremely careful to make sure that their dogs get enough vitamins and minerals generally found in meat and fish.
Personally, I would never force my dog to live a vegetarian lifestyle. I know that if I put down chicken and pinto beans (no matter how well they're cooked), 10 times out of 10, my dog will eat the chicken. I don't think it's right for anyone to force their lifestyle on someone else, even if that some else is a dog.

I have to agree with Lauren because dogs are not given a choice with their meals. For humans, if you are a vegetarian you can take pills and supplements in order to receive the recommended daily amount of vitamins per day that would be missed due to the diet. However, this would be a complete inconvenience to dogs because the owner would not only have to remember to take their own pills, but also give their dog their daily supplements. And I believe that the owners will frequently forget to give their dogs their pills. So in the end, it would be beneficiary to the dog to stick to a normal meat-based dog food diet. There are clear pros and cons to being a vegetarian and you can read more about that at .

Are there any studies being conducted or that have been conducted on the study of vegetarian/vegan diet vs. carnivorous diet for animals? Dogs being man best friend, I'd consider studies on the benefits of a vegetarian dog food diet before I switched my dog from meats to no meats. I was a vegetarian for 6 years and in those six years having a nutritionist help me balance my diet and trying to eat all the essentials it was still very difficult for me to get everything I needed for my body and created short term health problems. I could only imagine how it would be for dogs. Also reading through a couple of articles about vegetarian dog diets, the question seems to linger on not exactly what a meat diet can do, but the potential harms mass produced meat can do. They speak of gas emissions, harmful/infected meat etc. So is the question should we make sure our dogs are eating better, naturally/organically produced meats or just giving up on meat and turning them to vegetarian diets all together?

For hundreds of years people have experimented with various diets in order to see if there are added health benefits. One of the newest diets in todays era is as mentioned above all vegan or all organic. It would be interesting to see a blog that compares these two diets and if dogs have tried either of them. With the blog post above I think that it is interesting people may be trying new various diets on there pets. If specialty diets have the potential to work for humans then why not other animals. Not only can diets make us look better physically, but also feel better in a variety of aspects. I think one reason that more people do not try various diets such as vegan or organic food on their dogs is two reasons. The availability of the food, and the money cost that is bound to come along with it. It would be interesting to see a follow up blog that is done on any studies that involve diets on various animals. Maybe if it is widely proved that these diets truly can help, more pet owners will use them in the future.

It is an interesting blog. It is amazing to find that even among dogs there are vegetarians. According to your blog,after Shelley Boyle feed her dog with pinto beans, brown rice and sweet potatoes each week according to the doctor's recommendation for five month, her dog had no more ear infection, bad breath, dandruff or excessive shedding. First I thought this result is unbelievable, however later I can understand this. Dogs, like humans, are omnivores, meaning they can survive on a diet of either plant or animal origin. But, I think that owners must be careful to ensure that their dogs are getting the proper nutrients from plant-based ingredients. Or the vegetarian maybe harmful to them.
When we are talking about dogs, it is easy for us to come up with cat. Is it possible to make a vegetarian cats? According to a study,catsare strictly carnivores.The cat’s digestive system cannot convert plant based nutrients in to the form that its body can utilize. That’s why cat are are called strict carnivores, as they need to take the active form of the nutrients from other animals, who do the conversion beforehand.
Here is an article about why cats cannot be vegetarian:

I don't think its good to out your dog on a full vegetarian diet, simply because we are not able to know if it is good for them or not. Of course we can tell if our dog doesn't like a certain type of food because he simply wont eat it. But just like your blog said, we are able to tell if we prefer a certain type of food, and if it sits well in our stomach or not. Dogs aren't able to do that. If one is going to put a dog on a vegetarian diet, you should switch things up and give your dog meat once in a while.

Without beating a dead (vegetarian?) horse, I have to echo what the majority has said. I can't condone cutting meat out of a dog's diet. To me, this topic brings up another issue. With many of us saying that it is "natural" for a dog to eat meat, it got me wondering about evolution. If cave men ate meat, and humans have eaten meat all through out history, shouldn't that be enough to just debunk vegetarianism as being "good for you" as a whole? I understand there are other reasons as to why vegetarians choose to avoid meat, but I can't help but wonder if Darwin himself would deem meat something that the body craved, even if the mind didn't.

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