People often choose to follow a vegetarian/vegan diet for a variety of reasons–ethical concerns and health considerations being the most common. If an owner expresses interest in feeding their dog a vegetarian/vegan diet, I try to educate them on what constitutes the healthiest choice for their omnivorous companion and why.
Vegetarian/vegan diets can indeed be used in dogs…and actually have a place in the treatment of certain medical conditions in dogs, however, it is critical that a dog owner work with a veterinary nutritionist or someone knowledgeable about canine nutrient requirements in order to feed this type of diet healthfully.
I was interviewed by CNN.com for my opinion on vegan diets for dogs and they posted the article today…check it out! Good food for thought if you are considering a vegetarian or vegan diet for your dog.
I offer a variety of nutrition consultation services that may help you in choosing or creating a complete and balanced diet plan for your dog (or cat!).