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What Do The Vets Say About Plant-Based Pet Diet?

The number of veterinarians knowledgeable and supportive of plant-based diets for cats and dogs is growing daily. These dedicated professionals have created a strong community advising a responsible approach to a vegan diet. They urge dog and cat guardians to choose quality, well-balanced plant-based products, and educate community on benefits of healthy plant-based nutrition. They base their opinions and recommendations on a growing body of research studies as well as their personal experiences from their practices. Here is what they say: Dr. Armaiti May, DVM Armaiti May is a practicing veterinarian and an outspoken vegan advocate, living in Santa Monica, California. Dr. Armaiti May is knowledgeable in plant-based nutrition of dogs and cats believes that if a healthful vegan diet can be...

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14 tips to extend lives of companion animals

If you are a guardian to a Cat, Dog, Ferret, Rabbit, Gerbil or a Mouse, please read information below. These tips will save you money and time and add years to your animal's life. Please share this information with others. Kidney failure and cancer are a common cause of death in animals fed commercial products. This is a result of pesticides & herbicides in the food, added chemical preservatives and chemicals, and heavy metals in tap water.   Here are some health tips that we have developed to prolong lives of cats, dogs, rabbits and other animals that we have cared for in our little sanctuary. We hope these tips will become useful in your household.   1. We always use distilled water for drinking and for mixing with...

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Vecado remains fully operational

DEAR FRIENDS, THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH VECADO ALL THIS TIME. Vecado remains fully operational during this difficult time. We understand that pet food is an essential product and we are doing our best to process orders and requests as quickly and efficiently as possible. Our delivery shuttle in Ontario and BC continues to operate. Please check with us if your area is covered and to see the next shuttle delivery date. There are several other locations across Canada where our products can be purchased. Please check our locations page. We continue to rely on Canada Post and FedEx and if any service interruptions occur on their part we will advise. Sincerely, Team Vecado

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Vegan cats live long and healthy lives - preliminary study results

A recent study from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph investigated owner-reported health and well-being of cats fed plant-based or animal-based diets. This study was conducted by Dr. Sarah Dodd, a practicing veterinarian and a PhD student specializing in plant-based nutrition for companion animals from University of Guelph. Quick Facts about the Study Self-reported data collected through an online survey 1325 responses Companion animals examined in the study - Cats and Dogs Dr. Sarah Dodd lead researcher 2 diets compared - plant-based diets vs. meat-based diets Summary of Results for Cats Lifespan of cats fed a vegan diet is about the same as of cats fed a meat-based diet the study found no statically significant differences in the life-span %...

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Why Vegan Cats need Seaweed – Or – Why Arachidonic Acid is so Important

You have probably heard of Essential Fatty Acids, or EFAs – omega-3’s and omega-6’s. There is one particular omega-6 that’s critical for health of cats and dogs – Arachidonic Acid – and most plants don’t have it. Arachidonic Acid (AA for short) is an essential component of cell membranes in mammals and it plays an important role in cell signaling and inflammation, and is abundant in the brain, muscles and liver. Like other types of omega-6 fatty acids, AA also contributes to maintenance of healthy skin and coat, reproductive system, and overall energy level. Lack of AA in cats leads to, among other things, poor reproductive performances and improper blood clotting (Biourge, 2001). Cats cannot make AA, while dogs can. So...

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