Could A Plant-Based Diet Actually Be Better For Dogs Than Meat?

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The Science Is Out With Published Papers – Plant-Based Is As Healthy, If Not Healthier For Your Dog!

green paws challenge leafIn 2016, Prof Andrew Knight, a professor of Animal Welfare and Ethics at the University of Winchester, published the very first proof that pets on a balanced plant-based diet could be healthier than those fed on a typical meat-based diet.

Prof Knight’s studies showed how transitioning pets to healthy plant-based diets can result in increased overall health and vitality, decreased incidences of cancer, infections, hypothyroidism (a hormonal disease), ectoparasites (fleas, ticks, lice and mites), improved coat condition, allergy control, weight control, decreased arthritis, diabetes regression and even cataract resolution.

These studies are gamechanging for how we feed our pets and the first published proof of their kind proving that plant-based can be as healthy, if not healthier than meat-based for our pets!

The clip below was taken from ITV News on 26th November 21 with Prof Andrew Knight stating the science behind feeding plant-based to our dogs and it is SO positive!

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More published papers stating that plant-based is as palatable to our dogs as raw or meat-based!

green paws challenge leafProf Andrew Knight published further proof in June 2021 for the very first time, proving that a plant-based diet is as palatable to our dogs as meat-based or even raw meat-based foods!

The palatability of a plant-based diet is such a huge consideration for us as dog owners as the feeding of our pets is such an emotional decision based on the love we have for our pets balanced with a need to ensure that we are feeding them correctly.

We have to commend Prof Andrew Knight for this extensive study, by far the largest of its kind, that surveyed 4,060 dog and cat owners with the following results:

– Plant-based pet foods appear to be enjoyed as much as meat-based diets.
– Study shows no difference for animals between plant-based and meat-based diets.
– Plant-based pet foods do not compromise animal welfare, provided other determinants of welfare, such as nutritional requirements, are adequately provided.

“This is truly groundbreaking. It has long been believed that cats and dogs need to eat other animals for their own health, but what they really need is the right nutrients, which can be manufactured using plant-based, yeast, synthetic and mineral sources. This study shows that cats and dogs appear equally happy when fed vegan meals. We’ve become accustomed to buying meat-based pet food by default – it’s become a habit – but we know now that it’s not a necessity.” says Jimmy Pierson, Director, ProVeg UK.

Read the full article below proving that our dogs are as happy being fed a plant-based diet as any other diet! 

Poppy transitioned from a raw diet to a 100% plant-based diet and the video shown is proof of how much she loves her food!

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