Faced with the undeniable reality that animal agriculture is a major contributor to climate change, some pet food companies are looking to alternative sources of nutrition for dogs and cats. The British Veterinary Association (BVA) recently put out a statement encouraging pet parents to try insect-based pet food. Are insects really the best alternative to birds, mammals, and fish?
Before you consider switching your pup to a diet of grubs, it's important to note that meat and insects are not the only two options available. Insect-based pet food is advertised as an eco-friendly option, often alongside the statement that "dogs require animal protein in their diets." What's missing is an understanding of dogs' nutritional needs as omnivores. Due to their long evolutionary history with humans, dogs can obtain their nutrition through a variety of sources, including plants. Their nutritional needs are not equivalent to those of wolves or other carnivores.
Conventional livestock farming is extremely resource intensive, and although insects may provide a step in the right direction (environmentally speaking), the footprint of a plant-based dog food is incredibly low in comparison and bypasses animal farming altogether.
Plant-based dog foods have been around for decades and many companies do all the work for you by providing nutritionally complete and balanced formulas. In addition to being an environmentally-friendly option, vegan dog foods are inherently hypoallergenic, easily digestible, and anti-inflammatory. Read hundreds of stories from thriving vegan dogs here.
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Source: Pet Food Industry
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