There are many reasons why people change to a vegan diet; protecting the environment, preventing cruelty to animals, or to improve their health. Some people assume that a meat-based diet is the only option for their dogs, but that simply isn’t true. You would be surprised to realize that dogs can thrive on a vegan diet.
Finding vegan dog food in the supermarket may be challenging but it is not difficult to find a vegan dog food recipe to give your dog optimum nutrition. Here are a few reasons why going vegan can improve your dog’s health.
Not everyone knows that dogs can suffer from allergies just like people. Dogs with food allergies are typically sensitive to specific animal proteins so eliminating those processed animal products from their diet can help relieve allergic symptoms. Using a vegan dog food recipe instead of commercial dog food allows you to cut out potential allergens. Symptoms of allergies in dogs include itchy skin, hives, and tummy troubles. Common allergens include:
- Dairy products
A vegan diet, in both humans and pets, has natural anti-inflammatory properties. The body uses inflammation to help fight illness and also protect areas from further harm. However, some medical conditions cause faulty inflammatory responses. Inflammation can exacerbate medical conditions. This is especially important with senior dogs, who are more likely to develop problems as they age. An anti-inflammatory diet can alleviate symptoms of many conditions in dogs, including:
- rheumatoid arthritis
- Crohn’s disease.
- inflammatory bowel disease
Did you know? Dogs who switch to a vegan diet often go on to live into their late teens and early twenties — even in breeds with a much shorter life expectancy.
Ditching the Additives and Preservatives
Commercial dog food needs to stay shelf-stable for many months, which necessitates adding artificial preservatives. Commercial dog food oftentimes includes food coloring and artificial flavors in order to make it appealing for dogs. If you can’t imagine eating food with these kinds of ingredients, you probably shouldn’t be feeding them to your dog either. Making your own vegan dog food is not difficult. A simple vegan dog food recipe includes wholesome nutritious ingredients that you would find in any healthy kitchen. Here is a sample vegan dog food recipe from Azestfor a leading specialist in healthy dog food options:
- cooked rice
- cooked black-eyed peas
- sunflower oil
- Azestfor Homemade Dog Food Vitamins
Mix all ingredients together and serve. Your dog will lap up all this nutritious goodness. Bonus this is so tasty you can serve it for dinner for your two-legged family members as well.
Vegan diets are becoming increasingly popular as people seek to protect the environment, prevent animal cruelty and take better care of their health. Why shouldn’t our dog’s diet be any different? A vegan diet can reduce inflammation, reduce the risk of disease, reduce allergies and help our dogs avoid harmful preservatives and food additives. In short, let’s try to treat our dog’s diet with the same care and attention that we put into our own. Making homemade vegan dog food is not difficult and uses ordinary ingredients like tofu and rice, which you already have in your kitchen. A vegan diet that is carefully formulated to include essential nutrients, may truly the best option for your dog.
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