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Can dogs really take vegan food?

If you've not heard about vegetarian and vegan dog diets, allow me to take you up quickly.

Even now, you see a lot of debate about the "vegan diet for dogs”. Your search engines will put ardent supporters into view who believe that dogs can survive without meat or vegan food is much better for them. However, you can also find papers that are clearly opposed to beliefs and veterinarians and specialists who tell to go for heavy intake of nutritious meat for dogs.

How can you know, though, what is your dogs' optimal meal plan?

Vegetarian pet nutrition experts have been active in the fair care movement for farm animals for a long time. But it isn't that straightforward. When you choose what your dog’s optimal diet is, there are several things to weigh.

Many factors should be kept in mind while deciding either to give vegan food or meat to your dog.

Nutrients present in meat and vegan food

Vegan foods will generally have a less digestible nature only as the diets have a relatively high fiber existence and therefore it is also important to ensure that both sufficient proteins including all the amino acids are included in your dog's diet. 

Other nutritional aspects that are important to consider when you are selecting foods for your dog include omega-3, B12 (cobalamin) vitamins, and vitamins, specifically Vitamin D and vitamin A. They are easily found in meat-based foods.

Although vegan foods have rich nutrients that do not necessarily indicate the digestion by your dog. It is vital that dog owners are secure with what they rely on, but it is important to note that dogs are not little individuals and have multiple requirements.


Jaw structure of your dog

The teeth of your dog, the arrangement of his jaw, and the bowel length did not evolve. The long pointy teeth are also there to rip off flesh and bones, and the powerful jaw makes grinding bone and cartilage a pleasure. It does not match. As mammals, we have a longer digestive tract and flatter teeth such that we have to meet our food and work through it to fewer. Bones and meat assist the operation of the bodies of dogs physically.

Digestive tract of your dog

Let's begin with the mouth. There are many debates that dogs have developed over time to generate more amylase (enzyme that breaks down starch into sugars) therefore, they might digest and use grain or vegan food. Many other mammals (including people) make amylase in the saliva, which makes it possible to pre-digest carbohydrates and vegan food in their diet by chewing the food. But dogs have no amylase salivary (or don't spend a great deal of time munching their food). Therefore, the vote is still on amylase.

Dogs have far narrower digestive tracts than humans, and that means that they cannot absorb, dispose, and filter waste from a diet based on plants or vegan diet into the intestines and liver. Dogs have a really tough time trying to break down cellulose, so if you offer your dog a piece of raw carrot, it looks the same at the other side, and he doesn't absorb the nutrients. GMO (GMO) toxins and chemicals in plant compounds can have a detrimental effect on the intestines, inducing toxic organ surplus, and persistent systemic inflammation.

Meat VS vegan food (effects on your dog’s body)

The dog's system would be much more toxic than the human’s digestive systems. Non-veg acidifies while plants tend to be alkaline.


There are, however, still questions around meat and vegan food intake.

  • The meat your dog receives can produce large concentrations of stress hormones cortisol if it comes from factory brought up animals. It will cause chaos with your dog's pituitary glands, thyroid, and adrenal glands.
  • Another significant problem is the toxins in foods. The toxic strain produced by pesticides in the flesh of animals is even more damaging than in the vegan diet. It is because chemicals have not been accumulated in the plants whereas they are stored in meat animals. A box of apples contains much fewer pesticides than the same quantity of chicken. Dogs can digest meat much faster than humans because it does not sit in their body as long, therefore it causes fewer toxic effects on their body.
  • More than 70% of the dog's defense system is affected by the gut. This is the number one toxin defense tool. The gut consumes food which drives the body to survive and to combat aging.
  • The most frequent components of foods that can harm the intestines of your dog are proteins contained in unregulated and genetically modified grains which contain large amounts of nutrient blockers known as Lectins and phytates.
  • Lectins are proteins used for sugar-binding which function as natural anti-fungal and anti-parasitic and are the natural plant defense system. This is good for plants but adversely vegan food affects the puppy, as lectures harm the intestine.
  • Anti-nutrients are industrial substances in beans, nuts, and grains – to defend the plant from rodents again – however since they bind to minerals and vitamins, they are harmful and may derail essential digestive enzymes that may potentially hinder the dog's proper integration of nutrients. This causes asthma, chronic inflammation, and even auto-immune disorders when battling against the immune systems of the body.
  • Food allergies, are a component of the meat, like beef, ham, or lamb, are the main reason for the skin allergies in dogs. Vegetarian or vegan food that avoids meat may fix the complications – as well as other medical conditions including liver failure and kidney stones.   As soon as you track your fluffy friend's nutrition very closely,   discussing with their veterinarian and maintaining a balanced diet, it is possible to have a vegan food or vegan diet.


It is possible to have vegetarian and vegan food, but your dog needs even more work done by you to maintain a safe, nutritious lifestyle that contributes to a healthy and happy life. You should not take the decision lightly and come up with a good explanation and logic behind it. But, in the end, this is an opportunity you should conceive about with your veterinarian and obviously your dog.


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