Your Pet on a Vegan Diet-What You Need to Know
Have you ever considered putting your pet on a Vegan diet?
It seems like a good idea since you, as a proud pet parent, want the very best for your best friend.
But, have you considered the work that goes into it?
Or, even if the diet is healthy for your type of pet?
These questions are especially important if you are a pet parents to a cat or dog.
Remember, these animals are naturally attuned to eating meat. Cutting it out might have adverse affects on their health.
Before deciding to put your furry friend on a Vegan diet, read what WebMD on this topic.
I understand that it might be important that your pet follow the same diet as you.
In this post, I’ll discuss how to go about it in a healthy way and “road bump” to be aware of.
Why Your Pet is Vegan
There are a number of reasons why other pet owners but their best friends on vegan diets.
Overall, it comes down to two major reasons:
- The owner’s personal ethics
- If the pet has allergies
Typically, any pet with allergies are hypersensitive to specific animal proteins. When processed animal food products are eliminated, the pets usually feel and behave better.
This works as long as the diet is supplemented so that your pet gets enough nutrients.
What Makes a Pet’s Diet Vegan
So you’ve decided to go for it! You’re doing to put your pet on a Vegan diet.
But what does that entail?
Generally, it’s safe to feed your pet these foods:
- Beans (works if you have a dog. Just keep mind that beans cause gas!)
- Leafy greens and dark greens such as spinach and kale
The following food items are a big “no”:
- Macadamia Nuts
- Onions and garlic
- Raw tomatoes and potatoes
- Coffee and Tea
Remember, it’s not just changing the type of food you give to your pets. You need to make sure they’re still getting the right amount of amino acids, vitamins, and other nutrients.
To make sure your pet lives the best vegan life, consult a veterinarian who specializes in nutrition. He or she can recommend the right supplements your pet may need.
Your best option and possibly cheapest is to buy a pet food brand that caters specifically to Vegan diets. It’s guaranteed to give your pet all the nutrients needed and fulfill the Vegan aspect.
Vegan Pet Food Brands
Since dogs and cats are more likely to be put on a Vegan diet, I’ll list the best brands for them.
- Evolution for Dogs
- Natural Balance Dog Food
- Halo Vegan Garden Medley Dry and Wet Food
- Natural Balance Cat Food
- Wysong Vegan Cat Food
This list isn’t extensive by any means, but merely a place for you to get started. Remember to consult your veterinarian if you’re lost about navigating food brands!
Problems Your Pet Could Face
Keep in mind, just because your pet can live on a vegan diet, doesn’t mean that they should.
If you aren’t mindful of your pet’s nutrient levels! Remember, you’re pet can’t talk to you like your child or friends.
Be careful of the following:
- Insufficient protein intake
- Amino acid imbalance
- Not enough vitamins or minerals
Most of these concerns should be taken care of if you buy Vegan pet food. However, if you make the food at home, you’ll need supplements.