5 Surprising Myths About Vegan Dogs

There are a lot of conflicting opinions on whether or not dogs should eat a vegan diet - here are some facts about the nutrition these animals need to stay healthy
A vegan dog
Dogs can thrive on a well-balanced vegan diet (Photo: v-dog)

There are many myths about conflicting beliefs about whether dogs can live on a vegan diet.

Numerous people think dogs must eat meat, and even that feeding them a plant-based diet is animal abuse.

But there is plenty of evidence to show that dogs can survive and thrive eating just plant-foods.

MYTH: Dogs are carnivores and need meat to thrive

FACT: All of those commercials and ads depicting your dog and a wolf as one and the same? According to science, they got it all wrong.

Dogs have evolved alongside humans for over 10,000 years. On a biological level, domesticated dogs have a different genetic component that allows them to thrive and make excellent use of starchy, plant-based foods. Thanks to evolution, dogs can thrive on a complete and balanced vegan diet like v-dog.

According to one study: "The researchers found that dogs have more copies of a gene called AMY2B, crucial for amylase production, than wolves. And in dogs, this gene is 28 times more active in the pancreas than in wolves...

"Dogs also showed changes in specific genes that allow for the breakdown of maltose into glucose, another key starch digestion step, and in genes allowing for the body to make use of this glucose."

Vegan food from V-dog
V-dog offers a range of vegan dog food (Photo: v-dog)

MYTH: Dogs need meat for protein

FACT: Dogs do need protein, but 'protein' is not mutually exclusive to 'meat' (animal flesh). Protein is found in plants as well as animal substances.

This means we can provide dogs with plenty of the protein they need by going directly to the source for nutrition - plants and organic compounds.  

Certain plants, like peas, are naturally high in protein. Dogs can and do thrive on a complete and balanced plant-based diet filled with nutrient-dense plant proteins.  

Vegan dog food
Protein in a dog's diet can come from plant-based sources (Photo: v-dog)

MYTH: A dog's health will decline if fed a vegan diet

FACT: As long as a dog's diet is complete and balanced, their nutrition can come from 100 percent plant-based sources.

Thousands of dogs have and continue to live happy, healthy, long lives, some into their 20s, on complete vegan diets, including Bramble the Collie who, as one of the world's oldest dogs, lived to 25-years-old.

MYTH: Feeding your dog a (complete and balanced) plant-based diet is animal abuse

FACT: According to the official definition of 'animal cruelty', feeding a dog a well-researched, balanced diet like v-dog does not fall under either 'neglect' or 'intentional' cruelty to animals.  

According to USLegal.com: "Generally, animal cruelty can be divided into two categories: neglect and intentional cruelty. Examples of intentional cruelty include, among others, overt abuse, when an individual purposely inflicts physical harm or injury on an animal, dog fighting and cockfighting.

"Acts of neglect include companion animals being neglected or denied basic necessities of care, such as food, water, shelter, or veterinary care."

We do know what does fall under physical and intentional abuse towards animals: common industry practices of animal agriculture. This is why we've created a tried-and-true solution to feed our dogs with complete and balanced nutrition - 100 percent cruelty-free and made 100 percent from animal-free sources.

MYTH: Veterinarians don't think a (complete and balanced) vegan diet is appropriate for dogs

FACT: There are many veterinarians around the USA and the world who accept and/or promote a complete and balanced vegan diet for dogs, including Dr. Armaiti May, among others, including vets who accredit v-dog.

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