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Vegan dogs have fewer health problems and need less medication

Pet owners who only feed their dogs and cats vegan or vegetarian foods have said it has changed their lives as their pets “lost weight, had more energy and looked years younger.”

Holly Johnson, who has a 10-year-old cocker spaniel named Charlie, who is vegan like she and her daughter, said: “Like many of us, Charlie gained weight during lockdown and subsequently developed health problems, including difficulty climbing stairs.

“He’s 10 years old so it was important that he lose weight to stay fit and healthy into old age.

“After doing some research and talking to a friend, I switched him from a traditional meat-based dog food to an organic vegan dog food.

“He’s lost weight, has more energy and is acting like he’s two years old again. It’s the best we could do for him – and it’s better for the environment too.”

Holly Johnson has a 10-year-old cocker spaniel named Charlie who, like her and her daughter, is vegan

Holly Johnson has a 10-year-old cocker spaniel named Charlie who, like her and her daughter, is vegan

Hannah Brown has two King Charles Cavaliers named Coco, nine, and Sophie, two.

She said: “Both my dogs are vegan, I love all Ananias and it’s hypocritical to slaughter other animals to feed to pets.

“My dogs are thriving on a vegan diet, have more energy, coats are shiny, my 9 year old looks years younger than she actually is.

“It’s a joke that people are violating the ‘Animal Welfare Act’ by feeding their dogs a diet that doesn’t present pain and suffering to the animals used to produce that food.

“Perhaps animal welfare legislation should focus on the welfare of the animals that are slaughtered for billions of dollars, and not on pet owners who are not hypocritical.”

Hannah Brown feeds one of her King Charles Cavaliers vegan food in the car

Hannah Brown feeds one of her King Charles Cavaliers vegan food in the car

Hannah Brown has two King Charles Cavaliers named Coco (nine) and Sophie (two) who are not fed meat

Hannah Brown has two King Charles Cavaliers named Coco (nine) and Sophie (two) who are not fed meat

Francesca Blunt said she feeds her cat Ace vegan and said he is “very healthy”.

She said: “I don’t actually own a dog, but I feed my cat a vegan diet. He is very healthy, 11 months old is very tall for his age.

“He eats a combo of pre-bought Benevo vegan dry cat food. And my partner makes him wet food consisting of potatoes, fruit and vitamins.

“He has no health problems. I was at a vegan camp out and there was a stall selling vegan dog food.

“A lot of vegans feed their animals a plant-based diet and take a closer look at that as what good throws at them,” when you read studies you can and thrive, and even some vets agree. I expect my cat to survive cats that eat meat.’

Nigel Clements, who lives on Leyte Island in the Philippines, said he feeds his dog Jeanne d’Arc a mix of vegetables and cooked meat.

He said: “Dogs, cats too, are lucky here if they are fed more than a thin rice porridge with leftovers at all and only once a day and most likely from unwashed bowls.

“My four-legged daughter, whom I rescued from being orphaned at three weeks old, was raised on a mixed diet…cooked meat, oatmeal, kibble, goat’s milk, and those fruits and veggies that are beneficial.

Nigel Clements, who lives on Leyte Island in the Philippines, said he feeds his dog Jeanne d'Arc (pictured) a mix of vegetables and cooked meat

Nigel Clements, who lives on Leyte Island in the Philippines, said he feeds his dog Jeanne d’Arc (pictured) a mix of vegetables and cooked meat

‘Boiled potatoes, sweet potatoes and tops, carrots, cabbage, cucumbers, bitter gourd, squash, pear squash… in small batches and alternately combined. It makes up about 7½ percent of their diet, mixed in with their wet food and cooked meats.

Fruit, again in smaller portions, especially the high-sugar ones: apple, watermelon, banana, pineapple, pear, a slice of orange, blueberries, and mango.

“She’s blossoming and has a shiny Crufts-class coat. “Common sense is required here. Dogs are carnivores. You don’t need any additional carbohydrates.

“Although I’ve seen claims that a diet of 30 percent vegetables and fruit adds a few years to a dog’s life.”

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Janice Dean

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