Story about Aura - Can I feed my dog a plant-based diet?
Can I feed my dog a plant-based diet?
This topic (can I feed my dog a plant-based diet) comes up all the time and for one good reason - vegans are concerned about animals, all animals, not just their pets and honestly wonder if their pets can survive and thrive on a plant-based diet.
They may also consider how many animal lives could be spared by feeding their pet a plant-based diet.
The answer? - Quite a few when you multiply what one dog eats times the millions of dogs in this and other countries around the world.
Take our 5 year old female husky/malamute companion, Aura. She used to eat meat-based dog food like Wilderness for the first 3 years of her life.
Did she like it?
Sure, she seemed to eat nearly everything we gave her.
I decided to do some research and found out that there were many dogs thriving on a plant-based diet. I enquired about a number of plant-based brands before deciding to go with the offerings from Evolution. Aura started eating the Gourmet Fondue line from Evolution and now eats their Max Life line. She loved the first one and now loves the second one. She is doing great from what we can see and our vet seconds our observation. Blood tests etc. all point to a very healthy dog.Given that she eats between 275 to 300 lbs of this dry plant-based kibble a year plus other veggies and fruits like broccoli, carrots, apples, rutabaga, etc. we figure that over her anticipated lifespan of 7-10 more years that she will have not consumed anywhere from 2000 to 3000 lbs of meat and meat by-products.
Now if we were to multiply this times millions of dogs it is easy to see how many animals are spared by the plant-based foods she eats, the environmental impact of raising animals for food etc.
The lives of all of these animals spared are all important factors to think about. It is speciesist to think that our pet's life matters more than that of all the other animals that will need to be killed in our insistence that they eat meat.
As a vegan, I see this as the only ethical course of action. I purchase the Evolution food from VECADO (VEgan CAts and DOgs) located in Toronto.
The owner Mikhail is very pleasant, accommodating and happy to answer any questions you may have. VECADO delivers the bags right to my home in Kingston. I can't say enough positive things about this company and the food Aura has eaten in the past year and a half.