July 23, 2014

Can dogs stay healthy on a vegetarian diet?

Question by Sticky: Can dogs live healthily on a vegetarian diet?
If I fed my dog fresh vegetables, selected fruits, and soy and egg products for protein; will he live just as long and healthily as any other dog on a pet store bought, “dog food” diet?

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Answer by pianist09
i’m not quite sure, i think it’s best to feed your dog quality dog food.

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  1. Great Dane Lover says:

    No it is not healthy for your dog to be on a vegetarian diet. Dogs are carnivores (NOT omnivores).They need meat & meat protein…they do NOT need grains & veggies and are not designed to process these types of foods. As for soy..it is not a good thing to give a dog despite the fact it does appear in someo f the low quality foods. It is not easily digested by dogs, it is an allergen and it does cause excess gas.

  2. AndromedaStar says:

    There are people who feed a vegetarian diet. I have heard of it being done for pitbulls to reduce agression. BUT you need to RESEARCH! I do not think the foods you listed are enough, and you have to feed the right amounts. Your dog will get very sick if you do not feed him properly!!

    If you are morally opposed to feeding meat, give your dog away and buy a rabbit. It sounds like you do not know enough about nutrition to feed a vegetarian diet to your dog.

  3. Aslan's Mom says:

    I have to disagree with "Bozema" as she states that soy is not healthy for dogs. This is incorrect. In fact, it is used in many hypoallergenic diets for dogs that have food allergies toward proteins such as chicken and beef. Purina Veterinary Diets makes a diet called HA which is a soy-based diet and is specifically for dogs with food allergies. In fact, when dogs show signs of food allergies, most frequently it is the protein source they are allergic to.
    As far as is it healthy or not, yes and no. Domesticated dogs are omnivores. Much more so than wild wolfs and dingos are. They need 75% of their diet to be non-protein or you can cause things like pancreatitis. However, the issue with homemade diets is that they lack all of the essential vitamins and minerals like Taurine (yes, dogs need this too – not just cats) that are necessary. In fact, studies done with Nutro have shown dogs to show major deficiencies in the vitamin and mineral department and the American Animal Hospital Association has asked that they remove the "veterinarian recommended" slogan from their bags. They don't have to, since they only have to get 1 vet to say it’s a good diet and then it's not false advertisement but the fact that they were asked should say something.
    So, to sum up this incredibly long answer, in the long run it is best to buy a premium dog food that works with your pet. I would recommend something along the lines of Royal Canin, Purina Pro Plan (NOT Dog Chow), or Eukanuba. Good luck!

  4. javasdarlin says:

    Many dog foods have carrots, peas, rice, so yes vegetables would be healthy for your pet, your pet should live a normal and healthy life, its up to you to make sure that you properly care for your pet, go for vet checks, keep up with his vaccines, and who knows your pet could live longer than some, I had 2 dogs that were 20 and 21 yrs old when they were called home to the lord, and it was the diet, care, and the love that kept them this long. When there was a dog food scare I stopped buying dogfood and started making their meals, and I noticed that their coats are shinier and healthier looking. Good Luck

  5. Corn is not dog food says:

    Short answer:
    No. Dogs can't be strictly vegetarian, even with eggs as protein.

    Long answer:
    When have you ever seen a wolf hunt down and eat a piece of fruit or a vegetable?

    Dogs have evolved to eat meat. Humans can be vegetarian because we can digest and use plant protein. We get nutrition/protein from wheat, corn, soy and nuts.
    Dogs can't.
    Their systems don't absorb these nutrients.
    They must have meat.

  6. ratlover1 says:

    Honestly, no. Dogs are carnivores, and their digestive systems are short and adapted for breaking down meat. They also have specific needs for essential amino acids, calcium/phosphorous amount and proper ratio, proper types and amounts of fats/oils, etc. It is very difficult to home cook a properly balanced diet using meat, and much more difficult to do so without meat. It is much healthier to choose a high-quality, meat-based commercial food such as Innova, Canidae, or the many other excellent products on the market.
    If you absolutely insist on a vegetarian diet, and I hope you don't, may I suggest the following three brands which are formulated for canine well-being?
    http://www.naturalbalanceinc.com/ (Dick van Patten's Natural Balance vegan formula) http://www.avodermnatural.com/Dog_Foods/vegetaria… (AvoDerm vegetarian formula)
    (Royal Canin vegetarian formula)

  7. Barkley says:

    No….. he needs more fat in his diet than what those food provide. In addition, he is still probably not getting enough protein from those foods. When people put their dog's on homemade diets, it should always involve meat.

  8. rorystar918 says:

    Absolutely not. Dogs are carnivores, they require way more nutrients than these new age home made diets can offer. It can cause problems with bone development, food poisening, parasitic infestations, and nutrient deficiencies. I would strongly advise against it.

  9. •Poppy• Wa says:

    No. If you have a problem with a meat-eating pet, you should look into a bird, fish, or rodent.

  10. Basset on the ' says:

    No. Dogs are carnivores, and need meat based protein.

  11. rescue member says:

    Not likely, unless you do a lot of research and cook for your dog very carefully. Dogs need trace elements, nutrients not found in soy, that's for sure.

  12. No. Dogs are not complete carnivores like cats but they are obligate carnivores and must have meat. Soy is exceptionally bad for dogs – they do not digest it properly and many are allergic to it. The diet you are suggesting is just not complete for a dog and is nutritionally deficient for them.

    You can't place your vegetarian lifestyle on a dog – it just doesn't lead to healthy dog.

  13. NaAsia P says:

    if the dog eats it he will live but why would you want to feed your dog vegetables when he or she could eat dog food?

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