New Canadian study shows plant-based diet is excellent for nutrient absorption in dogs!
How does a plant-based diet affect mineral absorption in dogs? Recently, a group of researchers at the University of Guelph, Ontario, conducted a study that compared dogs on plant-based and meat-based diets, to determine whether digestibility of added minerals like calcium, phosphorus, iron and potassium varied.
This study found that digestibility of supplemented minerals were similar or greater in dogs fed diets that were vegetable based. In other words, minerals essential for health and growth were absorbed similarly or better in dogs on a vegan diet vs. meat-based diet.
Kate Shoveller, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Animal Biosciences at the University of Guelph focuses her research on improving the lives of cats and dogs by taking an in-depth look at their nutrition. She notes that plant-based diets for dogs have grown in popularity in recent years, and that this trend has the potential to improve overall sustainability of the pet food industry.
We at Vecado are committed to a plant-based future! We see hundreds of healthy and happy dogs thriving on our protein-packed, non-GMO, easily digestible and delicious products. Read more about plant-based dog nutrition on our page for dogs.
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Thank you for making a post on the work that my MSc student, Cara Cargo-Froom completed on vegetable and animal based dog foods. One thing to point out, we did not add any supplemental minerals and so we measured the inherent mineral digestibility of these diets and found in both animal and vegetable that the digestibility was high (>85% of intake). We are currently preparing the manuscript so stay tuned!
We did publish the first part of this study (https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fvets.2017.00154/full) which looked at the feeding experience of those two diets.
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