A 2009 study by Brown et al. explored vegan diets in dogs that have some of the highest energy needs: sprint-racing huskies.
Brown et al. compared the health, and in particular, the haematological parameters (focusing on red blood cell counts) of twelve dogs -- six fed a nutritionally balanced meat-free diet, and the other six a commercial meat-based diet. The study was conducted over a period of 16 weeks, including 10 weeks of competitive racing.
"Haematology results for all dogs, irrespective of diet, were within normal range throughout the study and the consulting veterinarian assessed all dogs to be in excellent physical condition." None of the dogs developed anaemia -- on the contrary, red blood cell counts and haemoglobin values increased significantly over time in both groups.
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