If you’ve decided to adopt a vegetarian or vegan diet for yourself, you may be wondering if your dog should do the same. The truth is that dogs are omnivores, which means they get their nutrition from both plant and animal sources. We believe that most dogs do best eating a complete and balanced food made this. Here’s everything you need to know about whether a vegetarian dog food is right for your dog.
Vegetarian or vegan dog foods can be dangerous to your dog’s health if not formulated properly.
You may be tempted to make your dog a vegetarian or vegan dog food at home from scratch, but it can be very difficult to make a complete and balanced food with all the necessary nutritional elements. If your dog’s vegetarian dog food isn’t properly formulated by a qualified veterinary nutritionist, it can lead to nutritional deficiencies, which can have serious effects on your dog’s health.
If your dog needs a vegetarian dog food for health reasons, make sure it’s formulated by an expert in veterinary nutrition.
Some dogs have such severe food allergies that their veterinarian may recommend a special vegetarian dog food. That’s why Purina offers a specialized vegetarian option like our Pro Plan Veterinary Diets HA Hydrolyzed formula, which is made with alternative protein sources like soy. That way you know your dog is getting the complete and balanced nutrition he needs to thrive.
Want to learn more about what makes your dog an omnivore? Click here to learn about the scientific evidence that your dog has evolved to eat both plants and animals.