You Can Feed Your Pet a Vegetarian Diet…But Should You?


Is a vegetarian diet for pets safe? Some people who are pro-vegetarian diets for pet’s site the following reasons:

  • Ethics — owners who abstain from eating animal products for reasons related to the cruel conditions on factory farms may not want animals to be eaten, even by other animals
  • Pet health — “logic” would dictate that if a vegetarian diet is better for humans, it would also make your pets healthier, right? Hmmm…
  • Questionable ingredients in commercial pet food — studies and reports by the USDA and other organizations have shown that what goes into commercial pet food is generally less than wholesome and savory (or safe). “Animal derivatives” and “animal by-products” in pet food ingredient lists most often represent chicken entrails, parts from 4D (dead, dying, diseased, and disabled) animals considered unfit for human consumption. The list goes on, but I’ll stop there. For more information, please see this article by veterinarian Andrew Knight: Fishy Business? Veterinarian Andrew Knight on the Best Diets for Our Pets. (Please note that we do not necessarily advocate a true vegan diet for pets, but this article does contain some good information on the pet food industry).

But animals are not human and it’s important to discuss any potential changes to your pet’s diet with a veterinarian.

In today’s episode of the Vegetarian Zen podcast, we’ll be discussing this controversial topic. You’ll hear a little about the nutritional needs of dogs and cats, the risks of removing meat from your pet’s diet, and some tips and guidelines for switching your pet’s food.

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Peace and Veggies,
Vickie and Larissa


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