Vegan pups across the country rooted for 19-week-old Peanut, a vegan rescue dog who took part in Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl XIII on Sunday. Peanut’s foster mom, vegan chef Mindy Poortinga, has seen improvements in her dogs’ fur and skin after transitioning them to a vegan diet.
Animal Planet’s announcement left viewers wondering, “Can dogs be vegan?”
In an article for the Daily Telegraph, veterinarian Pete Wedderburn discusses dogs’ evolution as omnivores. “As long as their diet is complete and balanced, they can be vegetarian, or even vegan,” he says. He recommends choosing a commercial vegan dog food, since they are obliged to meet specific criteria formulated by nutritionists.
Veterinarian Dr. Jennifer Coates, who writes for PetMD, also agrees that veganism is healthy for dogs when the proper nutrients are provided: “It is true that dogs belong to the order Carnivora, but they are actually omnivores. The canine body has the ability to transform certain amino acids, the building blocks or protein, into others, meaning that dogs can get all the amino acids they need while avoiding meat.” She notes that acceptance of vegan food isn’t an issue as long as the dog is transitioned slowly to the new diet.
And little Peanut certainly has boundless energy on her vegan diet! Foster mom Mindy advises pet parents to read ingredient labels carefully, because as we all know, nothing is more important than the health of our fur babies.
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Source: Independent Journal Review
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