Kunal is a parent to a Shih Tzu and has been writing Pet blogs for 4 years. He is an expert in the Pet niche and a new addition to the Hub.
If you come from a family that does not eat meat for ethical reasons or due to your own customs or beliefs, it can be difficult to convince your family to bring home food that consists of even a little bit of meat. Depending on your personal circumstances, whether an egg is allowed or not, whether non-veg is allowed or not, this blog article can help you to learn & understand how to balance a vegan & meat-based diet for your doggo.
(Fun fact: The longest living doggo ever to be recorded, named Bramble, Lived for 25-27 years & was a vegan.)
Can dogs be Vegan?
To burst anyone’s bubble out there, YES they can. Dogs are not Carnivores (Only meat-eating species), Dogs are Omnivores (Species that eat both plant-based & meat-based food). It wouldn’t be wrong to say that a dog can stay completely happy & be totally healthy if they’re given primarily a vegan diet.
Take, for instance, TinTin (My 3-year-old Shih Tzu), our household is a Vegan household and we do not get any meat-based products inside our home. However, eggs are something that is accepted. Indian much?
There are innumerable families who have a similar concept in India. If you belong to one of them & want to make your pooch primarily a vegan doggo, rest assured, YOU CAN!!!
What is better? Vegan diet or Meat-based diet?
There is no definite answer to this question. It primarily depends on your beliefs. If you are someone who eats meat then you would have no problem in saying that meat is better. Similarly, if you are vegan, vegetarian food is better according to you.
However, the truth is, what does this question mean? BOTH types of diets have PLENTY of options that can give you ALL the nutrients that you need for your meals to be Nutritious. It depends on you what your personal preference is and how & what your beliefs are.
How to balance the vegan/meat diet?
If you have a similar household as I have, you can make your doggo healthy and give them all nutrients that they require pretty easily. Let’s dive in:
You can feed your pooch homemade food as proper meals. Yes, you read that right. The food that we eat!!! Your pooch can eat VEGETARIAN homemade stuff like:
- Bread (plain, without seeds)
- All types of Dal’s (Lentils)
- Sweet Potato
- Bottle Gourd (Lauki)
(DoggoWorld Scoop: TinTin is a huge fan of Potatoes. Primarily being a Vegan dog, he loves to devour Potatoes.)
Talk to your Vet about certain food items that you would be willing to feed your fur-ball. Your Vet would give you the best professional advice on the back of medical knowledge & experience. Ask your Vet about the quantities that would be okay to feed to your pooch.
It is essential that you take professional, educated advice about how much to feed and in what quantities so that your doggo doesn’t eat more or less than required.
You can also use ready-made vegetarian food that is readily available in the market that already contains the essential nutrients that your pooch needs.
Now comes the meat-based part. In between meals pooches also get hungry just like humans do and need something to snack off of. During those times you can feed your pooch meat-based snacks/treats.
So if you feed your pooch 3 meals, namely, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, you can serve this Vegan.
And the rest of the time, whenever your pooch is hungry you can feed them non-vegetarian treats or snacks. You can even feed your pooch dry dog food. All these ready-made products are made with most of the essential nutrients that are required for your pooch.
(NOTE: Your Vet would give you the best professional advice on the back of medical knowledge & experience.)
This is what we do with TinTin. Our fur-ball eats vegan food primarily and in between meals has snacks that might be meat-based. The only reason to do so is that it scratches the itch which many people have of “what if he wants to eat non-veg?” He gets the best of both worlds and so do we.
Thankfully he is healthy, has the right weight, is active, and well we couldn’t ask for anything more.
Bonus Tip: You can feed your pooch eggs too. Some pooches might be allergic to egg yolk. You have to see whether the yolk has any allergic reactions on your pooch. If so, you can stop feeding them the yolk and just continue with the egg whites.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2021 Kunal Gupta