Vegetarian Diet For Dogs
Q) I have a six-month-old Chihuahua puppy that I would like to switch to an all-vegetarian diet. Some people say that this type of diet is not healthy for a dog but I would really like to give it a try. Is it a bad idea?
Lately there has been a lot of controversy concerning what pets should be eating, especially when it comes to dogs and cats. The recent pet food recall events have triggered a lot of awareness into the reality of pet food and what is considered healthy today.
There should be nothing wrong with an all-vegetarian diet for your puppy so long as there are additional supplementation guidelines adhered to.
While dogs can live a long and healthy life eating this way, you cannot denounce the fact that they are carnivores by genetics. Their ancestors ate meat from the time they were born, into old age, and did just fine.
Monitor your puppy’s health and growth, and be sure to add omega-3 oils and a vitamin/mineral tablet.
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