According to a first-of-its-kind scientific study and several major follow up articles, feeding your dog a meat-based diet overwhelmingly contributes to environmental degradation. Here are some of the highlights:
"In the US, there are more than 163 million dogs and cats that consume, as a significant portion of their diet, animal products and therefore potentially constitute a considerable dietary footprint. Here, the energy and animal-derived product consumption of these pets in the US is evaluated for the first time, as are the environmental impacts from the animal products fed to them, including feces production..." - Environmental impacts of food consumption by dogs and cats, PLOS Journal
"The environmental impact of meat production is well-known. It "requires more energy, land and water and has greater environmental consequences in terms of erosion, pesticides and waste," according to researchers." -"Your pet is ruining the planet, says UCLA study" - SF Gate
Well, that's depressing...
The good news?
Dogs are omnivores and can absolutely thrive on a complete and balanced vegan diet (like v-dog food). Check out some of the links below for details and science on this plant-saving, healthy lifestyle for your pup!
Can dogs be vegan? (VIDEO)