Yep I have two unbelievably cute dogs, who also happen to follow in my vegetarian footsteps and boy do they love it. They used to eat meat-based dog food, but then awhile back as all the downed-cow controversy began I got a wake-up call. I heard that the meat from the sick cows, not fit for human consumption, is what ended up in dog food. Then I did some research and started looking at labels and realized that it wasn’t even “meat” necessarily going into dog food, but rather meat bi-products. This means it’s the animals organs and who knows what else. So I started researching whether it would be healthy and humane to switch Bernice and Serena over to vegetarian dog food. Not only did I find it would be healthy, but I found several reports that said dogs on a vegetarian diet live longer than dogs on a meat diet. As a matter of fact the dog, at one time, listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest to ever live was a vegan. Bramble, a brown Lab from England, lived to be at least 27-years-old. His diet was based on rice, lentils and organic vegetables. His meals were homemade, but I knew making meals everyday for my pups would be hard so I searched for pre-packaged vegetarian dog food. I have to say there aren’t a whole lot of companies making meat-free dog food, but luckily I found a couple really good ones. I feed my dogs Natural Balance Dry Dog Food. The main ingredients are brown rice, oatmeal, peas and fresh potatoes. I also like them to get a couple different textures and flavors so I mix in a little of PetGuard’s Vegan Canned food.
These are some of the main ingredients: Organic Rice Protein Concentrate, Organic Barley, Organic Oats, Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Brown Rice, Organic Quinoa, Organic Carrots, Organic Peas, Organic Potatoes, Organic Spinach.
Serena, my pekingese, is a pretty picky eater and I have to say I was a little worried she would resist the new food. Boy was I wrong! She looks happier eating than ever before. When I first started giving it to her I introduced the meat-free food slowly and she couldn’t get enough of it. At 10-years-old Serena also has more energy than ever before. I’m hoping it helps her live a longer, more enjoyable life. Plus if my girls knew they were saving other animals lives by eating this way, they surely would be thrilled because they are very compassionate creatures!