At pups4sale we have heard of lots of weird and wonderful ideas when it comes to our animal companions. Most of them fall into the “funny, laughable, eye-rolling, or “whatever floats your boat”” categories. However the idea of turning an omnivore into a herbivore to suit the predilections of their owner (sorry…”human companion”) is not mad…it’s plain bad.
The Courier Mail reports on vegan pet food being promoted by a Company in Sydney.
The owner of the one of the shops selling the “Veganpet” range of foods is quoted as saying: “There has definitely been an increase of vegan pet owners. I guess there has been a growing awareness and there are definitely more people becoming a vegan every day and realising that animals can be perfectly healthy on a vegan diet.”
If the “owners’ in question asked their dogs and cats first what they thought of eating a diet they’re not designed for, they would have received a more sensible viewpoint than the shop owner in question provided.
However, Nutritional ecologist at the faculty of Veterinary Science at the Charles Perkins Centre David Raubenheimer was sceptical about the sustainability of a vegan diet…..”… I think if people feel strongly about their issues, they shouldn’t own pets that are adapted to be carnivores; it is not fair on the animals,” he said.
At the Daily Dog we couldn’t agree more with this statement. All one has to do is look at the teeth dogs (and cats) have in order to understand the diet such animals are designed to eat. They each have four prominent canine teeth, which are wholly and solely designed for ripping and tearing meat – end of story. Such dental design also matches the way their intestinal system is designed (of course). It is therefore simply unfair on a dog to feed it a solely vegetarian diet. A mixture of table scraps (excluding chocolate, cooked bones, onions and peanuts particularly), quality dog biscuits and a frozen bone once a day for dental hygiene is a perfectly good diet for the vast majority of dogs. If people have their own societal and ecological convictions regarding eating or not eating meat, that is up to them, but it is not fair to impose such beliefs on animals whose bodies are not designed for it. In fact as a result of this increasing trend, we will not be surprised if in the fullness of time people who allow their dogs to suffer the effects of such diet end up in front of the Courts on animal neglect charges (and rightly so). Your thoughts are welcome below.