Vegetarian diets for dogs
In this Fact Sheet: Why consider a vegetarian diet for your dog?, Special Issues, Vegetarian Pet Foods and availability.
Dogs are omnivores, they can eat both meat and plant-based foods. This means that, with a healthy balanced diet, they can obtain all the nutrients they require from non-animal sources.
The issue of feeding your companion animal is a personal decision. As a Society we fully appreciate that committed vegetarians can find themselves facing a difficult decision and our aim is to provide further information in this area so that dog owners can make an informed choice.
It is the owner’s responsibility to ensure that their animal is fed a balanced diet suitable for its age, lifestyle and health status. We would recommend seeking further guidance before changing your dog’s diet and always speak with your Vet, who should be able to advise further. New foods need to be introduced gradually over a number of days and the animal's health carefully monitored.
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